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. And our three cinema screens—including an IMAX theatre—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

Daily, 10.00–18.00. Open bank holidays, Easter and New Year. Closed 25–26 December.

Admission charges

Entry to the museum is free. 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.
Cartoon spaceman against the backdrop of a real photograph of space

Hello Universe

  • 19 July 2019 — 22 January 2020 *on now

This summer, join us for a mesmerising journey through the incredible sights and sounds of space.

Look up and fuel your curiosity. Imagine remote galaxies and wonder who—or what—is out there. Hello Universe will take you on a voyage, from the earliest paintings of planets to today’s super-high definition photographs of deepest space.

Get up close to a meteorite, come face-to-face with a Mars lander, then build your own probe, rover or rocket from Lego. Discover what space actually sounds like, and listen to intergalactic messages... or create your own!

This IS rocket science. You’ll hear real stories of technology reaching millions of miles beyond our planet, meet the people who make it happen, and find out how you could be part of the next great space discovery. See Hello Universe and share the adventure!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://www.scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk/whats-on/hello-universe

Children in the Animation Gallery

Animation Gallery

  • 1 January 2014 — 1 January 2020 *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 2020 *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

Website

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

Visitors in the BFI Mediatheque

BFI Mediatheque

  • 1 November 2014 — 1 January 2020 *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 2020 *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

Website

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

Visitors in the Kodak Gallery

Kodak Gallery

  • 1 November 2014 — 1 January 2020 *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

Website

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

Visitors in Life Online

Life Online

  • 1 November 2014 — 1 January 2020 *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

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

  • 22 November 2019 — 29 March 2020

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

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.
Lates

Lates

  • 21 November 2019 6:30-9:30pm

Try something new, do something different! Join us for an adults-only night at the museum packed with live shows and experiments, talks, comedy, music and more.



Lates is a free, adults-only night at the museum. Four times a year, we open our doors after hours and host a fantastic range of special guests, events and activities. Each Lates has a theme—they’ve included everything from space and music to the science of the future!


There’s always loads going on at Lates. You might find yourself enjoying live comedy or music, listening to a lightning talk from a scientist or artist, or getting involved in something creative. There are tours of our collection, live experiments, and opportunities to explore the museum’s galleries after dark...


Our café and bar will be open too, so you can grab some drinks and a bite to eat. Lates is a great way to meet people, share stories, have a laugh and experience something new!

Admission

Tickets available online

Website

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

Fairlight

UNCOVERING THE SECRETS OF THE FAIRLIGHT CMI

  • 23 November 2019 1-4pm

Join this hands-on workshop and learn more about the Fairlight CMI, an iconic musical instrument which helped start the sampling ‘revolution’ in popular music.


The Fairlight CMI (Computer Musical Instrument) is a digital synthesiser, sampler and digital audio workstation. In its 1980s heyday—when artists and groups like Afrika Bambaataa, Kate Bush and Frankie Goes to Hollywood used it—it could cost up to £100,000. An example of this iconic instrument is part of our growing Sound Technologies collection.


Join researcher Paul Harkins, National Science and Media Museum curator Annie Jamieson, and former owner Robin Scott (aka M of ‘Pop Muzik’ fame) for a hands-on workshop. You’ll learn about the instrument’s history and how it helped start the sampling ‘revolution’ in popular music.


TICKETS
This event is free, but a ticket is required—book your free ticket now.


INFORMATION
FREE SPECIAL EVENT
DATE: Saturday 23 November 2019
TIME: 13.00–16.00
PRICE: Free; booking required
BOOK FREE TICKETS

Admission

Free, book online

Reminiscence sessions

REMINISCENCE SESSIONS - Fetes, Fairs and Fireworks

  • 27 November 2019 10:30am-1:30pm

Explore our archives, share memories and meet new people in this informal discussion group.


Share your memories at our free Reminiscence Sessions. We’ll provide photographs, films and television programmes to inspire your recollections of a particular aspect of life. Come along and meet new friends, share memories and enjoy a chat over tea or coffee.


If there’s a particular subject you would like to discuss, or you would like more information, please contact Sarah Rainey on 01274 203 009.


Reminiscence Sessions are suitable for visitors aged 55+.


UPCOMING DATES AND THEMES
Wednesday 30 October: Yorkshire Ghost Stories
Join us as we reminisce about the ghost of Bolling Hall and other local spooky stories!
Wednesday 27 November: Fetes, Fairs and Fireworks
From Guy Fawkes to Diwali, the UK is known for its long history of fetes, fairs and fireworks. We’ll reminisce about some of the celebrations and displays you’ve experienced over the years.
Wednesday 11 December: Christmas Party
Join us for the annual Reminiscence Christmas Party, complete with quiz and prizes—including best Christmas jumper and best Christmas accessory!


Our dementia-friendly cinema screenings now take place at 13.00 to accommodate those who would like to attend both these and our Reminiscence Sessions.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

free

Website

https://www.scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk/whats-on/reminiscence-sessions

Reminiscence sessions

REMINISCENCE SESSIONS - Christmas Party

  • 11 December 2019 10:30am-1:30pm

Explore our archives, share memories and meet new people in this informal discussion group.


Share your memories at our free Reminiscence Sessions. We’ll provide photographs, films and television programmes to inspire your recollections of a particular aspect of life. Come along and meet new friends, share memories and enjoy a chat over tea or coffee.


If there’s a particular subject you would like to discuss, or you would like more information, please contact Sarah Rainey on 01274 203 009.


Reminiscence Sessions are suitable for visitors aged 55+.


UPCOMING DATES AND THEMES
Wednesday 30 October: Yorkshire Ghost Stories
Join us as we reminisce about the ghost of Bolling Hall and other local spooky stories!
Wednesday 27 November: Fetes, Fairs and Fireworks
From Guy Fawkes to Diwali, the UK is known for its long history of fetes, fairs and fireworks. We’ll reminisce about some of the celebrations and displays you’ve experienced over the years.
Wednesday 11 December: Christmas Party
Join us for the annual Reminiscence Christmas Party, complete with quiz and prizes—including best Christmas jumper and best Christmas accessory!


Our dementia-friendly cinema screenings now take place at 13.00 to accommodate those who would like to attend both these and our Reminiscence Sessions.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Free

Website

https://www.scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk/whats-on/reminiscence-sessions

Yorkshire Games Festival

Yorkshire Games Festival

  • 5 — 9 February 2020

A five-day extravaganza celebrating games culture, design and production, with special guests, workshops, master classes, and a fun-packed weekend for gamers of all ages.


The next festival will take place on on 5–9 February 2020—details to be announced closer to the event date.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Check on website

Website

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

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.
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
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

01274 202 030

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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