British Universities Film & Video Council

moving image and sound, knowledge and access


The National Media Museum is part of the National Museum of Science and Industry which also includes the Science Museum and the National Railway Museum. Founded in 1983 as the National Museum of Photography, Film & Television, it was re-launched and renamed in December 2006. Its collections include more than three million items of historical, social and cultural value.
Artefact description
The Photographs Collection holds over three million photographs tracing the history of photography from its beginnings to the present day. The Photographic Technology Collection comprises equipment associated with the production of still photographic images from the earliest period to today. The Cinematography Collection holds objects relating to film-making and its dissemination and the development of the medium’s technology and working methods from the 18th century to the present. The Television Collection represents the evolution of the technology of generating, storing and displaying moving images by electro-mechanical means from the late 19th century until the present. The New Media Collection preserves objects and software relating to the internet and video games, and traverses the boundaries between photography, film, television and radio blurred by digital technology.

Named collections include:
Arthur Kingston Collection (part of the Kodak Museum);
BBC Heritage Collection; W E Berry Poster Collection;
Donald Fleming Collection of Historic American Television Receivers;
Daily Herald Photographic Archive;
EMI Archives Collection;
Hammer Horror Special Effects Make-up Collection;
John Burgoyne Johnson Collection;
Kodak Museum;
Kraszna-Krausz Collection;
PYE Archive;
Tony Ray-Jones Collection;
Radio Rentals Collection;
Howard and Jane Ricketts Collection;
Royal Photographic Society Collection;
Sarosh Collection;
Science Museum Collection;
Television Commercials Collection;
Thames Television Camera Collection;
Charles Urban Collection;
W H F Talbot Collection;
Cinema; Television equipment; Arts; Film Equipment; Early cinema; Glass negatives, photography; Lantern slides; Photography
The Museum is open Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00-18:00. Closed on Mondays, except Bank Holidays and school holidays. The Pictureville, Cubby Broccoli and IMAX cinemas are open daily 10:00-late (depending on programme). Insight: the Collections & Research Centre is open to researchers between 10:00-12:30 and 14:00-16:00, Tuesday to Friday. Free guided tours of Insight, Tuesday-Friday at 13:00; weekends, Bank Holidays and school holiday Mondays at 14:00. Pre-booking is essential - tickets available from the Box Office, 0870 7010 200.
Access for outsiders
Yes. See final two paragraphs of description of Collection.

Moving Image, Audio and Related Documentation Holdings

32,000 items of film, television and sound and associated equipment.
Picture Post, Lilliput, (Weekly) Illustrated, etc. An almost complete set of the British Journal of Photography Almanac.
Small collection of Ealing and Bollywood film posters, plus an expanding collection of posters printed by W E Berry.

Artefact and Related Documentation Holdings

Animatronic models; Animation artwork and cels; Puppets, models and armatures; Miniature sets; Special effects
Rewinders; Cinema plans and architects’ drawings; Projectors; Projection lenses; Sound reproduction equipment
Company records.; Contracts; Catalogues; Correspondence; Diaries, unpublished memoirs etc; Lobby cards; Equipment manuals; Sheet music; Scripts and treatments; Storyboards; Personal papers; Posters and promotional artwork; Photographs; Promotional literature; Other production documentation; Ephemera
Professional and amateur cine equipment in a range of gauges - 8mm, Super 8, 9.5mm, 16mm, 17.5mm, 28mm, 35mm and 60mm.; Cine cameras; Editing equipment and viewers; Film laboratory equipment; Studio and location lighting; Lighting accessories; Camera mounts and accessories
Artworks include a John Bratby painting of the Coronation Street cast and set, and a portrait of Seth Armstrong.; Art works; Holograms
Projection & Viewing
Accessories; Data projectors; Illuminants; Magic lanterns; Flick books and associated technologies; Peepshows; Slides; Slide projectors; Slide viewers; Other viewers; Stereoviews; Computer control and slide/tape synchronisation devices
Sets & Costumes
Costume; Make-up; Models/maquettes; Set designs; Sets; Hair/wigs
Microphones; Sound mixers and desks; Music; Sound recorders; Microphone stands and mounts (including booms); Sound synchronisation equipment; Sound transfer and striping equipment
Toys & Games
Optical toys; Toys; Video games, computer games
TV, Video & Digital
Satellite technology & equipment; Television/video cameras; Experimental (apparatus, laboratory); Repair/maintenance; Mobile vans (outside broadcast); Television monitors; Television receivers; Video recording equipment; Software; Transmitting/network equipment; Video editing equipment; Vision mixing equipment


Computerised database
Under construction.
Online catalogue
None at present but currently under development.
Printed catalogue
Digitised catalogue
None at present but currently under development.

Additional Information

Artefact notes
Spectrum standard. Information retained on MultiMimsy XG collections management system.

Main Contact

The Collections Administrator
01274 203377
01274 207685

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