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National Media Museum

The National Media Museum in the city centre of Bradford, Yorkshire, exists to "engage, inspire and educate by promoting an understanding and appreciation of photography, film, television, radio and the web; using our collection and knowledge to deliver a cultural programme accessibly and authoritatively".

The National Media Museum has a diverse collection of media-related exhibits spread out over seven floors, including some of the best and important material to be found anywhere in the world, comprising of photographic, cinematography and television collections. The collections are: Pre cinema, Early film, Projectors, Professional production equipment, Amateur film, Posters, animation and photographs and the Hammer films collection.

The Photography Collection features all major genres and photographic movements, covering the aesthetic and technical developments of photography from the earliest experiments to contemporary digital imaging.

The cinematography collection began in 1913 and now consists of over 13,000 objects and artefacts, following the development of film technologies from pre-history and history of cinema to modern-day digital technologies. British film is the prime focus and equipment such as cameras from major film studios and posters, stills and artefacts can be found. Amateur film-making and the rise and fall of 16mm film is portrayed in part of the collection, showing how it was adopted by professionals for documentaries and television.

The television collection portrays how various processes of television production have developed, featuring collections on: Recording Television, Television Cameras and Television Receivers. The New Media Collection is an expanding archive that preserves landmark digital media objects, with two collections, one on Games Consoles and another on Computers.

As well as the extensive collections, the National Media Museum also features three cinemas - an IMAX showing the latest 3D films and Pictureville and Cubby Broccoli cinemas - which show films you won't normally see in your local multiplex. There are two special exhibition galleries which stage a rolling programme of exhibitions, and in the past have featured a James Bond exhibition, and there is a cafe, bar and shop. The BBC's Bradford radio, TV and online studio is also situated within the museum. Admission to the National Media Museum is Free

National Media Museum
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Official website: www.nationalmediamuseum.org.uk

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