National Media Museum
National Media Museum
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As part of the Science Museum Group, the decision to locate the Museum in Bradford was driven by the city's historic contribution to the development of cinema and film-making in the UK, and the desire to make the National Collections accessible to a wider audience.
From its outset the Museum has set new standards in display and interactivity. Visitors can obtain a hands-on experience of the media, learning how television cameras work or trying their hand at animation among other activities.
Special events bring you face-to-face with leading photographers, stars and programme makers, allowing you to ask the questions you want answered. Three film festivals bring you the very best in new and classic film. We have an excellent educational offer for schools and colleges. Look out for our special half term family events and the return of sleepovers.
Above all, the Museum invites you explore the media, the world it presents and to think again.
Cinemas open till late.
Closed: Christmas Day
General Museum Admission Free.
Charges apply for IMAX, Shop, Cafe & Cinemas
The Museum's renowned collection includes more than three million items of historical, social and cultural value. These include three key 'firsts': the world's first negative, the earliest television footage and what is regarded as the world's first example of moving pictures – Louis Le Prince's 1888 film of Leeds Bridge. Alongside this you will find the Playschool toys, the longest-established IMAX cinema and the only publicly accessible Cinerama cinema in the world.
Archives, Film and Media, Personalities, Photography, Science and Technology, Social History
Key artists and exhibits
- The world's first negative
- The earliest television footage
- Louis Le Prince's 1888 film of Leeds Bridge (regarded as the world's first example of moving pictures)
- The Playschool toys (Humpty, Jemima, Big Ted and Little Ted) and Dapple the rocking horse, as well as the three windows (round, square and arched) and the cuckoo clock from the BBC TV programme.
Nature, Camera, Action! The Secrets of Making Incredible Wildlife Films
- 18 October 2019 — 12 October 2014
Try to imagine the deepest oceans, the coldest continents, the most fearsome animals – wildlife filmmakers and photographers have faced it all in the pursuit of the perfect shot. This summer, let us take you and your family on an incredible journey as you discover how programmes like Frozen Planet and Deadly 60 are made.
Come and be amazed by pictures of insect wings taken in the 1840s and try to spot the cameras disguised as animals. You will see how photographers and filmmakers capture sounds and speeds beyond our human senses, and how ‘spy cams’ allow us get up close and personal with predators.
The whole family can their hands on exhibits that demonstrate the challenges wildlife filmmakers face and how they overcome them. You will be able to pick up an explorer's backpack full of tools to help discover this incredible world. You’ll also be able to pick up some simple tips and tricks to help you create amazing nature films on your own doorstep – upload them to the Nature Camera Action Flickr group and they could even feature in the exhibition!
With activities and events announced throughout the summer, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy together.
- Any age
Wild Images with Doug Allan
- 10 September — 10 October 2014
Doug Allan is an award winning photographer, film maker and author who has captured amazing scenes for series such as The Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Frozen Planet and many others. He specialises in the cold polar regions, saying “Some years I feel like I spend more time in the company of polar bears and penguins than with people".
Join us to hear Doug talk about his incredible adventures, see a special selection of his amazing photography and have your book signed by the author. There is also an exclusive chance to experience a one-off tour of our family exhibition Nature, Camera, Action! - after hours and led by Doug himself.
- Any age
£5 - £15
- 13 September 2014 4-5:30pm
On Channel 4′s Inside Nature’s Giants, scientists went under the skin of some massive animals to figure out what made them tick. Join presenter Simon Watt as we look at some of the fascinating science that didn't make the final cut. This lecture has appeared at the British, York, Edinburgh, Oxford and Newcastle Science Festivals as well as at many other events around the country.
Suitable for ages 12+
£2.50 for all tickets
The Ugly Animal Roadshow
- 13 September 2014 12-1:30pm
Join writer, scientist and TV presenter Simon Watt for a fun family comedy show with a conservation twist. Simon is president for life of the Ugly Animal Preservation Society. He joins us to tell you all about the strange but vital creatures recently crowned the world’s ugliest endangered species. Can you learn to love a fat purple frog with a nose like a pig? Or a bright blue slug whose bum drops off when it’s scared? Come along and vote for your favourite ugly animal.
Suitable for ages 7+
- Family friendly
£2.50 per ticket
An Evening in Nature Camera Action!
- 7 October 2014 7-8:30pm
You are invited to join the curators of Nature, Camera Action! for a tour of the exhibition and an evening meal. Get exclusive evening access and enjoy a rare opportunity to see many more wildlife wonders held behind the scenes at the Museum.
£20 - £25 includes prices of evening meal.
Animation is a fantastic tool to use when exploring almost any theme or subject – from French to fractions, Healthy Eating to History. This learning journey offers some easy-to use techniques for getting started with animation in the classroom.
- This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.