We explore the science, technology and art of the still and moving image, and its impact on our lives.
Our Museum is home to over 3.5 million items of historical significance. We look after the National Photography, National Cinematography and National Television Collections. We have three cinemas, including the UK’s first IMAX theatre, ten floors of free interactive galleries and exhibition spaces, and two major film festivals each year.
There’s a lot going on!
The National Photography Collection in our care comprises the Daily Herald Archive, The Royal Photographic Society Collection, and the Kodak 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 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. Plus, we have three 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. Two major film festivals every year keep the film team on their toes.
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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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Our collection is the beating heart of this Museum – and is, in fact, your collection. We care for the National Photography, National Cinematography and National Television Collections, which together make up 3.5 million items of historical and cultural significance. Some of the finest and most compelling visual material in the world is right here in our archives.
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We have gallery and exhibition spaces across nine floors of the Museum dedicated to photography, television, film, cinematography, animation, the science behind the still and moving image, videogames, computing and the internet, and videogames. Our changing programme of exhibitions are inspired by our incredible collection.
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Sometimes we want to tell you about the projects we’re working on, let you have a sneak preview of new galleries and exhibitions, or give you glimpse of daily life in a national museum. If this sort of thing is your bag, then read our behind the scenes stories.
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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. Add in our long standing festivals of film and animation featuring specially selected programmes, screentalks, retrospectives, masterclasses and workshops , we play host to some the world most renowned cinemas events.