Cosgrove Hall Films Archive and Creative Industries Trafford present

The Lost Worlds of Ray Harryhausen: Creatures, Martians and Myths



Ray Harryhausen is known as the mastermind behind some of Hollywood’s most iconic cinematic special effects. Inspired by John Walsh’s book Ray Harryhausen: The Lost Movies, the exhibition explores the origins of Ray’s creative career, with a detailed look at Ray’s experimental phases and groundbreaking techniques in work such as the Jupiterian.

This exclusive exhibition developed in partnership with The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation (Charity No. SC001419), sheds light on his creative process. Tracing Ray’s evolution as a filmmaking genius, taking a detailed look at Ray’s visual language expressed through different cinematic genres; myths, martians and creatures.

The show will feature some of Ray’s defining moments, with unseen drawings from his iconic films, Jason and the Argonauts and The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, accompanied by unseen projects and untold stories that connect his artistry to audiences in the North West. This is an exclusive opportunity to immerse yourself in the worlds of a visionary animation pioneer, who influenced some of the biggest Hollywood directors of our time.


The Cosgrove Hall Films Archive is dedicated to preserving the legacy of stop-motion and hand-drawn children’s TV at Waterside. Join us in celebrating the work of Ray Harryhausen with a series of wrap-around events, animation talks (at our Puppetmasters' Animation Conference), and process-led workshops for families, students, and professionals from all walks of life.

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Sat 26 Oct 2024 – Sat 4 Jan 2025

Free entry

Open Mon - Sat 10:00 – 17:00

Lauriston Gallery, Waterside



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