To visit all the four hundred exhibition halls of the Hermitage in St Petersburg would require the curious to walk twenty kilometres; to give even a casual glance to all the exhibits would take nine years. But the history of such artefacts may be revealed another way; through the wonders of film technology they can be displayed at twenty four images a second, thereby allowing the triumphs of human endeavour to be seen even in far corners of the land, by the bedridden, the infirm and the lazy. You need not stir from your sofa to absorb the history of man-made objects from the Stone Age to the present day in ‘The Five Minute Museum’.


This is a romp through the museums of England and Switzerland in which the objects on display come to life and reveal the stories of their creation. It is a celebration of the chaotic diversity conjured by the human hand and mind, and the eccentricity of museum collections. It’s the history of man-made objects from prehistory to the present day.


(6 minutes, colour, 2015, digital stills - DCP)



Directed, Animated and Edited by Paul Bush

Sound and Music by Andy Cowton

Mixed by Thomas Gassmann

Camera by Paul Bush

Animation and digital post production:

Adrian Flury

Joder von Rotz

Nina Christen

Eloise Tomlinson

Justine Klaiber


Produced by Paul Bush, Gerd Gockell, Ted Sieger, Jochen Ehmann


Photographed at

The British Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum

The Geffrye Museum

Bernisches Historisches Museum

Historisches Museum Luzern

Uhrenmuseum Beyer

International Museum of Horology


Thanks to staff at

The Geffrye Museum

Bernisches Historisches Museum

Historisches Museum Luzern


special thanks to Jean First


a Schattenkabinett and Ancient Mariner Production, copyright 2015

Funded by The Arts Council of England, Schweizerische Eidgenossenschaft and Berner Filmförderung



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