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Research help

The National Science and Media Museum is committed to providing greater access to our collection and our expertise.

On this page you’ll find some examples of the ways we share our skills and knowledge, plus information that may be useful if you are interested in research using our collection.

Sharing our knowledge

Curatorial expertise

We can share curatorial knowledge and understanding around our core subject areas, and also provide museo-legal direction on issues such as copyright, ethics, policy and procedural development.

We are happy to share our experience of exhibition and gallery planning, design and delivery. We offer professional development opportunities, including some opportunities to shadow members of our exhibitions team.

For further information on the above areas, please contact the team at

Help with conservation

We have a dedicated paper and photographic conservator who can offer remote advice on request. For further information please contact the team at

Film expertise

If you are looking for advice about film exhibition, technical specifications and programming, we are happy to share our knowledge. For more information please contact Sally Folkard, Head of Screen and Cultural Engagement at

Examples of our work

Cine North

Cine North is an outreach project focused on providing cinema screenings in rural and isolated communities across Yorkshire and Cumbria. Find out more at the Cine North website.


We support doctoral studentship projects through Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDAs). 


We actively participate in a range of sector networks, supporting UK-wide collaborations and more specific partnerships across museums in Yorkshire. These include the Photographic Collections Network, Sporting Heritage, Archives for Yorkshire, and the Science and Technology Archives Group.

Exhibitions and objects

Exhibition proposals

We commission exhibitions as part of our public programme, and rarely accept proposals from external sources. However, if you have an exhibition proposal you think would be suitable for the museum and would like us to consider, please refer to our programme submissions page.

Object donations and our collection

If you’re looking for information about object donations or how we manage our collection, the following resources may be helpful:

Touring exhibitions and object loans

Find out about loans to other institutions and touring exhibitions available from the Science Museum Group.

The Royal Photographic Society Collection

Requests to access or borrow Royal Photographic Society (RPS) material should now be directed to the V&A. Find out more about how to access the RPS collection.

Further resources

If you can’t find the information you’re looking for on this page, our research directory may be helpful. It includes listings of specialist organisations and useful contacts relating to photographic and cinematographic equipment and literature.

You can find out more about our group research strategy and team on the Science Museum Group research and public history pages.

If you would like to use any of our images, contact the Science & Society Picture Library, who will be able to advise on copyright issues and supply reproduction-quality images.

The Internet Movie Database is a good place to start when looking for information on individuals working in film and television.

Get in touch

If you can’t find the answer to your question, email our collection team at

Alternatively, write to: Corporate Collections Information, National Science and Media Museum, Bradford, BD1 1NQ.

We will endeavour to respond to your enquiry within 20 working days.

Before you get in touch, please bear in mind that we can only answer questions about objects from our collection, and we are not able to:

  • Give valuations
  • Answer general questions pertaining to the history of photography, film or television
  • Assist with crossword puzzles, competitions and quiz questions