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

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

The last remaining Scophony TV receiver high speed scanner motor?

Iain Baird reveals the technology behind our latest television collection acquisition, and explains why the Scophony television scanner is not to be scoffed at.

March 21, 2014 · 2 Comments

A look at the BBC’s STC Condenser, or ‘bomb’ microphone

In 1931 a revolutionary type of microphone housed in an unusual sideways teardrop-shaped capsule was introduced by the BBC. Its oddly-shaped housing earned it the nickname, the ‘bomb’.

February 7, 2014 · 6 Comments

Puppets in the BBC Collection

Iain Logie Baird takes a look at some of the children’s television puppets we’ve acquired as part of the BBC Collection – from Bill and Ben to The Fimbles.

January 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

The beginning of the end of black and white television

As TV Licensing announce that there are now fewer than 12,000 black and white TV licensees remaining in Britain, Iain Baird looks back at the decline of black and white.

January 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

Before TV on demand, there was the home videotape revolution

In 1975, the idea of video recording at home was unheard of. But a major development in TV’s history was just around the corner with the advent of Betamax.

December 2, 2013 · 1 Comment

Bradford led the way in modern manufacturing of British television sets

Iain Logie Baird investigates the history of the most modern and largest TV factory in all of Europe – just down the road from the Museum here in Bradford.

November 15, 2013 · 1 Comment

Watch rare and extraordinary film and TV in our BFI Mediatheque

If the latest influx of reality TV isn’t your bag, come in from the cold and work your way through 2,500 TV and film titles from the BFI National Archive. Kieron reviews.

November 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

Television fears inspire spooky reading in JB Priestley’s Uncle Phil on TV

Curator Iain Logie Baird looks back at this forgotten gem of a short story and considers the Bradford-born author’s many contributions to television.

October 30, 2013 · Leave a comment
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