National Media Museum blog

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

About the National Media Museum

We’re situated in Bradford, UK – the very first UNESCO city of film. We opened in 1983 as the National Museum of Photography, Film & Television, with a remit to explore the art and science of the image and image-making.

The National Museum of Photography, Film and Television opened in 1983

Today we exist to promote an appreciation and understanding of film, photography, television, gaming and the web by inspiring people to learn about, engage with and create media.

National Media Museum at night

We look after the National Photography, National Cinematography, National Television and National New Media Collections, totalling more than 3.5 million objects of historical, cultural and scientific significance.

Latticed Window at Laycock Abbey, 1835, William Henry Fox Talbot
The world’s earliest surviving photographic negative

>>> Keep up to date with posts about photography, cinematography, animation, television, computer technology, internet and the web, and videogames on this blog.

We have nine floors of galleries, including three temporary exhibition spaces, all of which investigate and celebrate the culture and science behind cinematography, photography, television, animation, videogames, and web technologies.

In 2012 we opened the world’s first gallery dedicated to exploring the social, technological and cultural impact of the internet, Life Online.

>>> Keep up to date with posts about our temporary exhibitions and galleries on this blog.

The same year we opened our doors to the public, the Museum became the very first venue in Europe to have a permanent IMAX theatre, and the second of our three cinemas, Pictureville, boasts the only permanent, regularly programmed Cinerama installation in Europe, one of only three in the world.

We organise three major film festivals a year: Bradford International Film Festival, Bradford Animation Festival and Fantastic Films Weekend.

>>> Keep up to date with posts about film and festivals on this blog.

This is just a snapshot of what we do – head over to our website to find out why we’re worth visiting next time you’re in the UK.


2 comments on “About the National Media Museum

  1. walter paterson
    January 18, 2014

    hi ive got a cine projector as the same as yours on your main page along with cans of films and was wondering how rare this item was also if it was atall of any value it was left to me years ago my email is hope you can respond as im at a loss with this kind regards

    • National Media Museum
      March 18, 2014

      Hi Walter

      Thanks for your enquiry. Unfortunately, I can’t help you with the answer to this question, but if you email our collections assistant ( she will be able to point you in the direction of some resources that might be useful.

      Best wishes,

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