National Science and Media Museum

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At the National Science and Media Museum, we explore the science and culture of light and sound technologies and their impact on our lives. We aim to inspire the scientists and engineers of the future to see more, hear more, think more and do more.

Our galleries and exhibition spaces help us illuminate world-famous collections in photography, film and television. Our team of Explainers create learning activities that fuel the imagination and get under the skin of our collections and exhibitions.

We're also home to Pictureville Cinema, which includes the UK's first IMAX—the biggest screen in West Yorkshire. Our three cinema screens allow us to showcase the magic of moving images from around the world in Bradford, the first UNESCO City of Film.

We’re part of the Science Museum Group, along with the Science Museum in London, the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester, the National Railway Museum in York, and Locomotion in Shildon.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

10.00–16.00, Wednesday to Sunday, from Wednesday 19 August 2020. Closed 25–26 December.

Admission charges

Entry to the museum is free; booking essential. Charges apply for cinemas.

The National Science and Media Museum is home to more than 3 million items of historical and cultural significance.

Our collection is devoted to the science and culture of image and sound. It includes three pivotal firsts: the world’s earliest known surviving negative, the earliest television footage, and the camera that made the earliest moving pictures in Britain.

Collection details

Archives, Film and Media, Photography, Science and Technology

Key artists and exhibits

  • The world's first negative
  • The earliest television footage
  • The camera that made the earliest moving pictures in Britain
  • Louis Le Prince's 1888 films Roundhay Garden Scene and Traffic Crossing Leeds Bridge
  • BBC Collection
  • Kodak Collection
  • Daily Herald Archive
  • Tony Ray-Jones Archive
  • Hammer Films collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Visitors in Life Online

Life Online

  • 1 November 2014 — 1 January 2022 *on now

How did our lives change when the internet was born? Find out in the world’s first gallery dedicated to the social, technological and cultural impact of the web.

Follow the history of the internet around Life Online. From the very first online communities to the latest ideas, uncover how it has transformed our lives and society.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age

Website

https://www.scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk/whats-on/life-online

Children in the Animation Gallery

Animation Gallery

  • 1 January 2014 — 1 January 2022 *on now

Love Wallace and Gromit? Remember Morph? Discover original models and artwork from over 100 animations. See science in action as still images come to life!

Explore the history of animation and animated images—including animation produced right here in the UK. See some favourite characters, look back at animation through the ages, and discover how animators work their magic.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age

Website

https://www.scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk/whats-on/animation-gallery

Visitors in the Games Lounge

Games Lounge

  • 1 January 2014 — 1 January 2022 *on now

Play your way through classic games, from Pac-Man to Super Mario Kart. Learn about the history of videogaming. Discover the story behind a global phenomenon.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£2

Website

https://www.scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk/whats-on/games-lounge

Visitors in the BFI Mediatheque

BFI Mediatheque

  • 1 November 2014 — 1 January 2022 *on now

Grab a booth in the BFI Mediatheque and discover the best, rarest and most extraordinary films and TV programmes from the BFI National Archive.

Simply log on at a viewing station and choose from over 2,500 highlights from the BFI National Archive, the world’s greatest and most diverse collection of film and television, free of charge.

From home movies to feature films, documentaries to kids’ TV, many titles have rarely been seen since their original release or broadcast.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age

Website

https://www.scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk/whats-on/bfi-mediatheque

Visitors in the TV Gallery

Experience TV

  • 1 November 2014 — 1 January 2022 *on now

Explore the development, significance and cultural impact of one of the most influential inventions of the 20th century: television.

Why do we have adverts on TV, and how much are we influenced by what we see? Explore the exciting world of television in our TV gallery.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age

Admission

Free; museum admission ticket required

Website

https://www.scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk/whats-on/experience-tv

Visitors in the Kodak Gallery

Kodak Gallery

  • 1 November 2014 — 1 January 2022 *on now

Take a journey through the history of photography. Step into a 19th century portrait studio, see hundreds of incredible objects from our collection, and watch the world’s first moving colour film.

From the very first photographs to digital snaps, discover the history of photography in the Kodak Gallery.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age

Admission

Free; museum admission ticket required

Website

https://www.scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk/whats-on/kodak-gallery

Visitors in the Mirror Maze at Wonderlab

Wonderlab

  • 23 March 2017 — 1 January 2023 *on now

Think like a scientist in Wonderlab, our newest and most interactive gallery exploring light and sound through mind-bending exhibits and spectacular live shows.

Touch, try and photograph your experience as you navigate your way through more than 20 exhibits. Hear your voice echo through a 15m-long tube, get lost in mirrors, make art using light, and travel through a laser tunnel.

Live experiments and extraordinary experiences will take you on a journey, changing how you see the world around you.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Especially for children
  • Family friendly

Admission

Free ticket required

Website

https://www.scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk/whats-on/wonderlab

The Forgotten Showman

The Forgotten Showman

  • 19 August 2020 — 21 February 2021

Discover how Robert Paul, the forgotten pioneer of cinematography, invented British cinema.

The year is 1894—a time of competition and innovation. Young engineer Robert Paul is sitting in his workshop when two businessmen arrive with the proposition of a lifetime.

Discover the beginnings of a new industry, enter the magic of the music hall and witness the race for the next big thing in entertainment: cinema. In the heart of Bradford, the world’s first UNESCO City of Film, we are proud to reveal this forgotten hero of cinema, 150 years after his birth.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free entry

Website

https://www.scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk/whats-on/forgotten-showman

Wonderlab

Wonderlab: Live!

  • 19 August 2020 — 1 February 2021

Come and think like a scientist at Wonderlab: Live! See live demos and discover new adventures in the science of light and sound.

Inspired by our ever-popular Wonderlab gallery, Wonderlab: Live! will reveal the beauty of the science behind household objects that shape our everyday lives.

This unmissable experience will ignite your curiosity, fuel your imagination and inspire you to see the world around you in new and exciting ways. Enjoy live demonstrations—at a safe distance!—and step into another world of wonder.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Free; museum admission ticket required

Website

https://www.scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk/whats-on/wonderlab-live

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Cafe Scientifique

Café Scientifique

  • 24 September 2020 6:30-8pm

Join us for an online discussion event—everyone’s welcome to help us explore the latest ideas in science and technology.

You’ll hear about, discuss and debate some of the most recent advances and discoveries in science and healthcare, and their importance to society.

The discussion takes place on GoToWebinar. Book your free place and we’ll email you a link on the day of the event.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free; booking required

Website

https://www.scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk/whats-on/cafe-scientifique

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.
Cinerama

A very short history of cinema

https://www.scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk/objects-and-stories/very-short-history-of-cinema

Learn about the history and development of cinema, from the Kinetoscope in 1891 to today’s 3D revival.

Creator

  • National Science and Media Museum

Publisher

  • National Science and Media Museum
Telecast from the Moon - image

From the Moon to your living room: the Apollo 11 broadcast

https://www.scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk/objects-and-stories/moon-to-living-room-apollo-11-broadcast

The Moon landing was one of the biggest television events in history, reaching an estimated 650 million viewers. Discover the story of the planning and technological development that led to this incredible milestone in broadcasting.

Creator

  • National Science and Media Museum

Publisher

  • National Science and Media Museum
Robert Paul and the race to invent cinema

Robert Paul and the race to invent cinema

https://www.scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk/objects-and-stories/robert-paul-race-to-invent-cinema

Robert Paul was one of the most important and prolific figures in Victorian cinema. This forgotten pioneer of cinematography created equipment, business practices and filmmaking techniques that helped to shape the film industry as we know it today.

Creator

  • National Science and Media Museum

Publisher

  • National Science and Media Museum
Schoolchildren visiting the museum

Science Museum Group learning resources

https://learning-resources.sciencemuseum.org.uk/

This website brings together resources from our museums, including activities, games and videos. Discover activities to support a range of curriculum topics for use in the classroom, in museum galleries and beyond.

Publisher

  • Science Museum Group
Jack of Diamonds playing card hit by a .30 calibre bullet, Harold Edgerton, 1970

The history of photography in pictures

https://www.scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk/objects-and-stories/history-photography

From 1835 to the early 21st century, our curators have picked some of the most important and memorable images in our care, providing a fascinating glimpse into the history of photography.

Creator

  • National Science and Media Museum

Publisher

  • National Science and Media Museum

National Science and Media Museum
Pictureville
Bradford
West Yorkshire
BD1 1NQ
England

Website

https://www.scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk/

E-mail

General Enquiries

talk.nsmm@scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk

Telephone

General Enquiries

0800 047 8124

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