We’re still inspiring visitors to think about the impact of image and sound technologies on their lives, and to find their own stories in our displays, exhibitions and events.
Over the last 40 years, the significance and popularity of these media has skyrocketed as they have permeated all aspects of everyday life. In the words of Colin Ford, the first Director of the museum:
“Every one of us is involved in photography, film and television. We look at photographs in newspapers when we get up in the morning, we see moving photographs on the television before we go to bed. These media are part of everybody’s lives.”
To celebrate this momentous occasion, while the museum is temporarily closed for a once in a generation transformation, we called upon friends of the museum new and old to share their memories from the last 40 years.
The growing popularity and evolution of media technologies has made the role we play in preserving these stories more important now than ever before. But that doesn’t mean we haven’t had fun while doing it!
In fact, the last 40 years have been jam-packed with many incredible moments.
Now, as we enter a year of closure, we’re looking forward to what the next 40 years (and beyond) will bring—especially with our transformative Sound and Vision Project, which will enable us to continue sharing the incredible and ground-breaking stories in our collection for years to come.
However, while our doors are closed for our exciting makeover we still want to celebrate our birthday with you. We would love to hear what your favourite memories are from the last 40 years. Share your memories by leaving a comment below, or on our social media channels.