National Media Museum blog

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

The smell of cinema: Why we’re bringing Smell-O-Vision back

The world première of A Holiday in Spain in the all new Smell-O-Vision is coming to Bradford for Widescreen Weekend.

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Supermarionation: Gerry Anderson, a life in puppetry – Anniversary Update!

UPDATE: Fifty years ago this week, on the 30 September 1965, the first ever episode of Thunderbirds “Trapped in the Sky” aired. Since this blog was released in 2012, we’ve … Continue reading

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Everest movie scales high-altitude science

Roger Highfield, our Director of External Affairs talks to Baltasar Kormákur about his action-adventure, Everest.

September 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Real Film, Really Big – Widescreen Weekend Full Programme Announced

If you’ve not already seen the whole programme for the festival, let us guide you through some of the highlights of what’s coming up for 2015.

September 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Unveiled: Double Exposure is almost fully developed

Before our Light Fantastic artists-in-residence reveal the final exhibit, Martha and Christian took some time to give us a taster of what’s to come.

September 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Our artists’ in residence Icelandic diary

We go behind the scenes of Martha Jurksaitis and Christian Hardy’s recent visit to the volcanic country which influenced and appears in several of the works they’re creating for our Light Fantastic exhibition.

August 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

Biscuits and Secret Messages: The intriguing history of WW2 BBC technology

Amanda Lynsdale joined us to help catalogue the BBC Collection we acquired in 2012. What she discovered was just some of the innovations that the research and development teams at the BBC became renowned for.

August 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Widescreen Weekend breaks out of the everyday cinema frame

We’re back with our unique celebration of boundary-pushing technology and spectacular large format films, offering an unparalleled cinematic experience beyond the scope of ordinary cinema.

July 8, 2015 · 1 Comment

Liz West lights up our lives with ‘An Additive Mix’

We commissioned Liz West to create a brand new piece for our Light Fantastic exhibition. As she was preparing the immersive experience of light and infinity mirrors, we managed to grab a quick 5 minutes with Liz to chat about her practice.

July 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

#Solved: The mystery identity of our social media starlet Christina

A century on she caught the attention of social media and the world press but it’s not until now that we really know who Christina really was.

June 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

How the girl in red from a 1913 photo became a social media starlet

More than a hundred years after they were taken, the National Media Museum’s pictures of a teenage girl hanging out on a beach at Lulworth Cove have taken Twitter and Instagram by storm.

May 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

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 · Leave a comment

A little bit of history repeating – The ultimate animation collage

Toni Booth takes a first look at the impressive archive of the master of the animation loop, Run Wrake.

February 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

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