From Bradford, UNESCO City of Film, we write about film, photography, television, animation, gaming and the web.
Our Museum is home to over 3.5 million items of historical significance. We look after the National Photography, National Cinematography, National Television and National New Media Collections. We have 3 cinemas, including the UK’s first IMAX theatre; 9 floors of free interactive galleries including 3 temporary exhibition spaces, and three major film festivals each year.
There’s a lot going on!
Here’s a brief guide to the things we’ll be discussing on this blog and how they relate to what we do at the Museum – and as this is freshly launched, there’s more to come.
Animation is a huge part of what we do here at the Museum. Our Animation Gallery explores the history of animation and animated images, with an emphasis on animation produced in Britain. Objects relating to the production of animation are an integral part of the National Cinematography Collection, and our most successful annual event, Bradford Animation Festival, is the UK’s longest running animation festival.
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Founded in 1994, Bradford Animation Festival is the UK’s longest running animation festival. Our most popular annual event features screentalks, retrospectives, workshops and a competition strand which recognises the very best in new animation from around the world. BAF Game, the festival’s popular splinter strand is dedicated to exploring the overlap between video games, animation and film and features presentations and masterclasses from key industry figures.
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Founded in 1995, Bradford International Film Festival remains one of the most anticipated events in the UK film calendar. Our unique facility enables us to present films in a huge array of digital and celluloid film formats. We represent cinema in a great variety of forms, genres and formats, and select many new independent films from around the world that are exclusive to us.
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The National Cinematography Collection started in 1913 with the gift of equipment from the British cinema pioneer Robert W Paul. Over 13,000 objects and artefacts trace the pre-history and history of cinema, from optical toys and magic lanterns to today’s converging motion picture and digital technologies.
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Objects relating to the history and development of computer technology form part of the National New media Collection in our care.
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Founded in 2002, Fantastic Films Weekend began as a weekend event focusing on classic ghost stories and the supernatural. It has evolved into a must-see showcase of classic chillers, sci-fi shockers, fantasy epics, vintage TV shows and rarely seen gems from the vaults.
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We have 3 cinemas: Pictureville, Cubby Broccoli, and the UK’s very first IMAX. We’re extremely proud of our eclectic film programme, and our Pictureville cinema has the only permanent, regularly programmed Cinerama installation in Europe. Three major film festivals every year keep the film team on their toes.
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The digital revolution has radically transformed the ways in which media is produced, delivered and consumed. During the ‘Information Age’, images, text, audio and video are exchanged as digital bits of data, and it is our duty to record, understand and interpret the cultural impact of this evolution; to preserve landmark objects and track the phenomenon of a global network which has forced changes upon traditional media.
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The newest addition to the Museum, Life Online is the world’s first gallery dedicated to exploring the social, technological and cultural impact of the internet. Our permanent gallery traces the history of the internet, uncovers how it has changed people’s lives and tracks the latest trends, while the temporary exhibition space examines our relationship with the internet and how it impacts our lives, through interactive digital artworks.
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The National Photography Collection in our care comprises the Daily Herald Archive, the Royal Photographic Society Collection, and the Kodak Museum Collection, amongst other world-class objects and images. It incorporates both aesthetic and technical developments, from the earliest experiments to contemporary digital imaging, including the world’s first negative, an extensive collection of photographic technology, and key images by the most influential photographers of our time.
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The National Television Collection in our care represents the evolution of the technological means of generating, storing and displaying moving images by electro-mechanical and electronic methods, from the late 19th century up to the present day, and aims to record the development of television content production, particularly in Britain.
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Three gallery spaces around the Museum display a changing programme of exhibitions which are inspired by our Collection.
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Video gaming plays a significant role in contemporary cultural life. We track the history of videogames through the National Videogame Archive – a collection of hardware, original software, design documents, marketing material and fan-generated ephemera. Games Industry professionals speak every year at BAF Game, a strand of the Bradford Animation Festival, and the history and future of videogames is explored in our Games Lounge.
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