A life-size cardboard cut-out of the Spice Girls might not be something you would expect to find in a museum store…
Lewis is Curator of Television and Broadcast at the National Science and Media Museum. He was previously an Assistant Curator at our sister museum, the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, and Collections Assistant at this museum.
As well as people and landscapes, stereo-images were also used to capture fantastic views of the Moon.
You might think of 3D as brand new technology—but the surprisingly modern-looking 3D viewers in our collection date back to the late 19th century.
Cameras and guns might both ‘shoot’ things, but what else do they have in common? Take a look at some examples of amalgamated versions of these technologies from our collection.
Some of the newest items in our collection illustrate just how quickly technology is evolving.
Wearable technology isn’t as new as you think. From 1880s portable cameras to the personal radio of the 1930s, see some intriguing examples from our collection.
This unusual chair was used to take portraits of a particular kind of person. Can you guess who?
Dance crazes have always sparked outrage and debate, as these images from our collection prove!
Sometimes, it’s difficult for a photograph to embody the essence of a historic object. How have techniques developed when it comes to recording ancient artefacts?
Our summer exhibition, In Your Face, inspired us to go hunting for examples of ‘faces’ in some of our collection objects.
Some things never change—taking pictures of cute pets is a pastime as old as photography itself, as this image from our collection proves.
Among the more disturbing objects to be found in our collection stores is this pair of distinctive animatronic gorilla heads…