National Media Museum blog

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

Uncovering the C.O. Stanley Pye Collection: A Family Business

By Emily Rees How do we discover more about the history of media in Britain? A lot of information comes from the collections and archives of individuals and companies who … Continue reading

January 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

What’s happening at the National Media Museum isn’t vandalism. It’s a fresh start

by Dame Mary Archer, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Science Museum Group

March 22, 2016 · 1 Comment

My Message to Bradford

by Jo Quinton-Tulloch, Director of the National Media Museum The last week has shown again how much this Museum means to Bradford, and how much it owes to Bradford. Unsurprisingly … Continue reading

February 4, 2016 · 26 Comments

Biscuits and Secret Messages: The intriguing history of WW2 BBC technology

Amanda Lynsdale joined us to help catalogue the BBC Collection we acquired in 2012. What she discovered was just some of the innovations that the research and development teams at the BBC became renowned for.

August 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Yarns from the Potteries and Cottonopolis: The Pararchive Project in the Daily Herald Archive

Our latest post is written by Fiona Philip & Daniel Mutibwa of the University of Leeds who have spent the last year working on an innovative project to unlock the … Continue reading

March 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

A little bit of history repeating – The ultimate animation collage

Toni Booth takes a first look at the impressive archive of the master of the animation loop, Run Wrake.

February 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

What do Scottish photographs look like: Part 2

From X-Rays to Pagodas: Scottish photography isn’t (exclusively) tartan or covered in heather.

July 8, 2014 · 4 Comments

Martin Parr: “I didn’t court controversy.”

Martin Parr and Susie Parr discuss controversy, their careers, social media’s impact on photography and Tony Ray-Jones’s influence.

May 14, 2014 · 2 Comments

Celebrating 50 years of BBC2

Iain Baird looks back at the launch of BBC2 50 years ago, and explains how Play School accidentally became the first succesfully broadcast show on the new channel.

April 30, 2014 · 3 Comments

P is for The Pencil of Nature… a wonderful illustration of necromancy

Talbot’s ‘picture book’ is a manifesto for photography, a polemic, an advertisement, a bid for posterity, a chronicle of the past and a vision of the future.

March 27, 2014 · 2 Comments

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
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