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Museum secures National Lottery support to begin development of ambitious Sound and Vision project

The National Science and Media Museum in Bradford has today announced that it has received initial support* from The National Lottery Heritage Fund to begin the development of its ambitious Sound and Vision galleries and accompanying activity programme.

Thanks to the money raised by National Lottery players, Sound and Vision will inspire one of the UK’s youngest, most diverse, and fastest-growing cities by providing wider access to iconic, world-class collections of photography, radio, film, TV, sound and digital technologies—from the world’s first moving image to the advent of the digital age. Created in close consultation with local communities, the galleries will make the museum the cultural cornerstone of many key projects including Bradford’s bid to be the City of Culture in 2025, the city’s culture strategy Culture is Our Plan, and the commitment to building a digital economy.

The initial first pass grant of £318,963 has been awarded for the development phase of the project, with the museum due to submit its second-round application next year to fund the delivery stage of the project. If the museum is successful in its second-round application, it will be awarded more than £3 million from The National Lottery Heritage Fund towards the delivery of the £6 million Sound and Vision project.

Commenting on this significant milestone, Jo Quinton-Tulloch, Director of the National Science and Media Museum, said:

“We are thrilled that The National Lottery Heritage Fund has awarded us this enormous opportunity to bring our world class collections to life in new and exciting ways. By working collaboratively with our local audiences, we will explore the relevance and impact of image and audio technology throughout history, connecting the museum’s collections not only to this global communications age, but also directly to our home city. The project will give us the vital opportunity to realise the Science Museum Group’s mission of making STEM education open for all, helping to close some of the disparities caused by the pandemic and providing fantastic opportunities for our communities.”

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said:

“The development of the Sound and Vision galleries in Bradford is a brilliant opportunity to showcase these fascinating collections in one of the UK’s most diverse and fastest-growing cities.

“Increasing access to culture and technology is a key part of our levelling up plans and it’s fantastic to see the Science Museum Group carrying out their mission of bringing science, technology, engineering and mathematics education into local communities with this project.”

Sound and Vision will re-energise Bradford’s cultural offer through three distinct focus areas: the internationally significant Science Museum Group collection; STEM; and working collaboratively, increasing participation with the collection. The development of the new galleries will explore key stories which are relevant to all our lives, including the creation of the world’s first photograph; Louis Le Prince’s groundbreaking work in moving images and film; and the forgotten pioneer of the pixel who created the building blocks of digital photography.

Sound and Vision will engage visitors in STEM by uncovering the science behind the everyday, showing that science is relevant to everything we do. The project will also work with local communities through a detailed activity plan, including opportunities to collect community stories, inspiring more people to reimagine their relationship with STEM and support them with opportunities for employment and upskilling, and responding to Culture is Our Plan, the culture strategy for Bradford.

During the project’s development phase, the museum will continue to consult and engage with the wider community, as well as setting up an Access Panel and Youth Forum for specific consultation. Development of the Sound and Vision gallery interpretation and design brief will commence, alongside audience research, staff training and volunteering opportunities. A number of new posts will also be recruited to join the project team, and the museum will be piloting new learning programmes to complement the activity plan.

More information about Sound and Vision will be made available on the National Science and Media Museum website soon. You can also follow the latest updates on the National Science and Media Museum’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.



For further information, images or interview requests, please contact Katie Canning, Communications Manager, National Science and Media Museum: / 01274 203 027

The National Science and Media Museum in Bradford, West Yorkshire, opened in 1983, and has since become one of the most visited UK museums outside London. The museum explores the science and culture of image and sound technologies, creating special exhibitions, interactive galleries and activities for families and adults. It is home to three cinemas, including Europe’s first IMAX cinema screen and the world’s only public Cinerama screen. Entry to the museum is free.

About The National Lottery Heritage Fund

*National Lottery Heritage Fund grant applications over £250,000 are assessed in two rounds. Sound and Vision has initially been granted round one development funding of £318,963 by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, allowing it to progress with its plans. Detailed proposals are then considered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund at second round, where a final decision is made on the full funding award of £3,084,753.

Using money raised by the National Lottery, The National Lottery Heritage Fund inspires, leads and resources the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and in the future.

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