The National Media Museum’s 30th Anniversary

Screen Shot 2013-06-13 at 16.18.33The National Media Museum, Bradford will soon be 30 years old. To mark the occasion, the Museum is hosting a weekend of events to kick off a year of celebration, as well as participating in the Bradford Festival.

Visitors to the Museum 15-16 of June 2013 will have the chance to explore and learn more about some of the hidden and not-so-hidden treasures of the Museum. There will be special 30th birthday ‘behind the scenes’ tours of Insight, the Museum’s Collections and Research Centre which holds some of the 3.5 million objects that are not on permanent display, and a newly developed showcase of the highlights of the National Collections in the main galleries. In addition, there will be screenings of To Fly!, the very first IMAX film to be shown at the Museum in 1983 and visitors will be treated to birthday cake, which is being served daily during the weekend’s celebrations.

Also featuring are talks on the Cottingley Fairies photographs from the National Photography Collection, which are known around the world but were taken in a garden just four miles from the Museum.

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On June 16 1983, the National Museum of Photography opened in Bradford, soon becoming the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television, with the remit to explore the art and science of the image and image-making. In the same year, the Museum became home to Europe’s first permanent IMAX theatre, screening its inaugural film, the 1976 documentary of flight, To Fly!

Dick Vaughan, IMAX Technical & Programme Manager at the National Media Museum, also commented: ‘I was here in 1983, unpacking the film reels of To Fly! and projecting it to that very first audience. Our birthday is such a great opportunity to revisit that excitement and celebrate 30 years of IMAX in Bradford.’

The 30th birthday celebrations at the Museum will also coincide with the Bradford Festival. Science comedy act, Punk Science, will be performing a special show all about the National Media Museum in City Park as part of the festival line-up.

Entry to the Museum and Bradford Festival will be free.

To book an Insight tour in advance can visit:

IMAX and To Fly tickets are available here: