The first film of a total solar eclipse has been restored by specialists at the British Film Institute (BFI) and made available for viewing. The film was taken in North Carolina in 1900 by Nevil Maskelyne. Maskelyne was a British man who was a magician turned filmmaker. He took the film as part of a Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) expedition.
The film is from the archives of the Royal Astronomical Society, and it has been carefully and painstakingly restored. Conservation experts at that institution went over the film frame by frame to restore it to 4K.