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National Science and Media Museum announces 2022 programme

In the run-up to 2022, the National Science and Media Museum announces an exciting and jam-packed programme of festivals, exhibitions and screenings.

Yorkshire Games Festival

12–18 February 2022

Returning for its sixth year, the Yorkshire Games Festival serves a bastion for the UK’s fast-growing games industry in the North. The week-long festival includes a packed programme of talks, masterclasses and Q&A events featuring high-profile industry guests, as well as the return of the popular Let’s Play family weekend.

Speakers will include Bobby Thandi, CEO of XR Games; Senior Character Artist Nele Steenput; David Sheppard, Lead User Experience Designer at Ubisoft; and many more to be announced in the new year.

Read more about Yorkshire Games Festival

Top Secret: From Ciphers to Cyber Security

11 February – 5 June 2022
Join the National Science and Media Museum for an exciting new exhibition exploring the fascinating world of codebreaking, ciphers and secret communications. Top Secret: From Ciphers to Cyber Security will uncover over a century’s worth of communications intelligence through handwritten documents, declassified files and incredible artefacts from GCHQ’s and the Science Museum Group’s historic collections.

Discover the story of Alan Turing and his team of codebreakers at Bletchley Park, learn the secrets of a Soviet spy ring in Cold War Britain and see how modern-day cybercrime works.

Top Secret: From Ciphers to Cyber Security has been created with expert advisers GCHQ and support from principal funder DCMS.

Read more about Top Secret: From Ciphers to Cyber Security

Broadcast 100

January 2022 – January 2023
As part of the Science Museum Group’s Broadcast 100 celebrations, marking the centenary of the BBC and the 40th anniversary of Channel 4 in 2022, the National Science and Media Museum will host Switched On, a special temporary exhibition across Galleries 1 and 2, set to open in July.

In Gallery 1, Switched On will take visitors on a journey from the first BBC radio programmes in 1922 to TV and the rise of streaming services. The exhibition will examine the industry through the pioneers linked with broadcasting innovations that have reflected and changed everyday life.

Throughout Gallery 2, Switched On will also explore the future of broadcasting with an exciting interactive exhibition, taking visitors on a journey of what media technologies and broadcasting could look like in the next 100 years.

Broadcast 100 is a series of events and exhibitions taking place across the Science Museum Group throughout 2022. Switched On at the National Science and Media Museum will open to the public from July 2022 to January 2023.

Widescreen Weekend 2022

13–16 October 2022
Following its 25th anniversary in 2021, Widescreen Weekend returns to welcome film lovers from around the world to a festival of big and bold cinema, featuring blockbusters, classics, rarities and special guests.

This celebration of the past, present and future of cinema is made possible by the museum’s unique offering, which includes the only remaining public venue in the world that can still show 3-strip Cinerama.

Read more about Widescreen Weekend

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For more details, please contact Brittany Noppe, Senior Press Officer, National Science and Media Museum: / 01274 203 356

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.

Part of the Science Museum Group