National Media Museum blog

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

From our archives: Corbett v Fitzsimmons, the fight of the century and the earliest feature film

Toni Booth, Associate Curator here at the Museum, tells the story of the earliest feature length film, and a little piece of sporting history that sits in our archive.

February 22, 2013 · 1 Comment

Ray Harryhausen’s Dinosaurs go on display, as our annual animation festival comes around again

You may, or may not know, that the personal collection of the master of special effects animation, Ray Harryhausen, will be deposited here at the Museum. To mark the start … Continue reading

November 2, 2012 · Leave a comment

Sir David Attenborough Explores the National Cinematography Collection for new BBC programme

Film crews always spark interest among staff and visitors alike. When the name happened to be Sir David Attenborough, it is fair to say excitement levels here reached fever pitch.

October 29, 2012 · Leave a comment

Stories behind the discovery of the first colour moving pictures

Following on from my previous blog post about the discovery of the earliest colour moving pictures, I’d like to tell you more stories behind the invention. One aspect I’ve found … Continue reading

September 27, 2012 · 4 Comments

We’re on board for Ask a Curator Day 2012

Wednesday 19th September 2012 is Ask a Curator Day. Museums around the globe are opening their doors to the Twittersphere so you can ask a Curator anything you want. We … Continue reading

September 16, 2012 · Leave a comment

We have discovered the world’s first colour moving pictures

Today the Museum made an astonishing announcement to the world. Are you ready for this? We have discovered and restored examples of a colour moving picture process which is older … Continue reading

September 12, 2012 · 3 Comments

Minicine to screen Bradford International Film Festival hit Battle of the Queens

Local film society Minicine are screening a film they saw at our Bradford International Film Festival in April. They were so taken by it that they had to track it … Continue reading

July 13, 2012 · 1 Comment

A very merry unbirthday: 150 years of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

On 4 July 1862 Rev. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson and Rev. Robinson Duckworth took three little girls – Lorina, Alice and Edith Liddell – on a rowing trip up the Isis … Continue reading

June 28, 2012 · 1 Comment

Quinquagenarian elf journeys to Widescreen Weekend for rare film screening

Widescreen Weekend at Bradford International Film Festival played host to a special guest. This one did not quite have the stature of Ray Winstone or Barbara Windsor, yet he’s been … Continue reading

May 10, 2012 · Leave a comment

Podcast: Kevin Brownlow – the Birth of Widescreen, from Biograph to Fox Grandeur

Film director and historian Kevin Brownlow was a very special guest at Widescreen Weekend 2012, and on the penultimate day of the festival, he shared the story of widescreen and … Continue reading

May 4, 2012 · Leave a comment

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