National Media Museum blog

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

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

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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

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

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

What do Scottish photographs look like?

Surely Scottish photography would be photographs by Scots, of Scots, in Scotland, wouldn’t it? But of course nothing is ever straightforward, so why should Scottish photography be any different?

July 1, 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

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

The Daily Herald published the effects of economic depression in the 1930s

While our politicians, papers and commentators fall on either side of the food bank debate, we look back at poverty and charitable welfare in the 1930s.

March 17, 2014 · 2 Comments

The Vest Pocket Kodak was the Soldier’s Camera

Ahead of his appearance on BBC Four tonight demonstrating ‘The Soldier’s Kodak’, Colin Harding reveals more about this 100 year old compact camera.

March 13, 2014 · 20 Comments

The Ukraine crisis echoes Fenton’s early war photography in Crimea

As the unsettling images of the Ukraine crisis make their way to our TV screens, Brian Liddy is reminded of the first systematically photographed conflict.

March 10, 2014 · Leave a comment
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