Astonishing Science. Spectacular museum.
New galleries and additions to the collection made for a stand-out year in Bradford.
The National Media Museum cares for more than 3.5 million significant items, including the collections of National Photography, National Cinematography, National Television and National New Media.
This year, we added the BBC TV Heritage technical collection and the National Videogames Archive from BFI, and began to receive the personal collection of world-renowned animation master Ray Harryhausen.
The opening of the Life Online permanent gallery in the foyer was a serious benchmark for the Group as a whole. Other standout exhibitions included In the Blink of an Eye, demonstrating techniques for simulating motion through photography, and The Lives of Great Photographers which drew exclusively from the Museum’s holdings, including work by Muybridge, W H F Talbot and Julia Margaret Cameron. New work from Afghanistan has also been commissioned by the Museum from Magnum photographer, Donovan Wylie.
To further raise the Museum’s profile in 2013, the Group’s landmark project will be to open a flexible new permanent gallery called Media Space within London’s Science Museum, aiming to generate a two-way exchange of attractions.