National Media Museum blog

We explore the science, technology and art of the still and moving image, and its impact on our lives.

BAF is back for 2014 and we’re looking for your submissions

We’re now into our 21st year and the search for the best international selection of animated films continues. That search could involve your film so here’s how you can submit for this year’s festival.

April 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Will you be on our walls when Only in England opens here on Friday?

A visitor to the exhibition spotted herself in a Tony Ray-Jones photo. So what will happen when Martin Parr’s Calder Valley work comes back to Yorkshire?

March 25, 2014 · 1 Comment

This photograph of a spring scene is not quite what it seems

Image manipulation has been around longer than you might think – the compositing and shading techniques employed here were the precursors of Photoshop.

March 24, 2014 · 2 Comments

Full Bradford International Film Festival 2014 programme is announced

BIFF 2014 is officially launched and all tickets are now on sale through the box office and festival website. Read on for some top 20th BIFF picks.

February 26, 2014 · 1 Comment

Vote for Virgin Media’s Best of BIFF (UPDATED)

This year we’re celebrating 20 editions of the Bradford International Film Festival, and we need your help. We want to hear which is your favourite British film, made in the last 20 years and shown at the Festival.

February 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

John Thomson’s Foochow and the River Min

John Thomson was one of the first photographers to travel to the Far East, documenting its landscape, people and antiquities.

January 27, 2014 · 1 Comment

Unseen photographs by Julia Margaret Cameron on digital display in 2014

We’ll be making hundreds of images from the world’s largest public collection of Cameron portraits available online as part of a year-long digitisation project.

December 19, 2013 · 4 Comments

Rat eating was riotous entertainment in the 19th century

Believe it or not, this grotesque and surreal lantern slide was a favourite at Victorian magic lantern shows – the forerunner to cinema whose popularity lasted for 300 years.

November 20, 2013 · 1 Comment

Les Diableries: Devilish entertainment in three dimensions

This week sees the release of a book co-authored by Brian May (yes, that one) about an unusual series of stereo photographs featuring hell, skeletons and demons all aglow.

October 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

Film adaptations keep children’s books alive, but who are these kids anyway?

Writer and children’s literature expert, Elly McCausland, ponders the decisions of the writers, producers and directors who turn our favourite children’s books into films.

August 30, 2013 · 2 Comments

The legacy of Ray Harryhausen’s Medusa

Ray Harryhausen’s Medusa is one of the most recognisable characters in model-animation cinema history. In under 5 minutes, he changed our perceptions of the mythological creature forever.

August 22, 2013 · 2 Comments

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