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Take part in our #ThanksToYou competition…

... and you could win a chance to sip champagne with the Flying Scotsman! Read on to find out how you can claim a free tote bag and compete for fabulous prizes.

Visit us  between Monday 11 and Sunday 17 December 2017 and we, along with more than 350 National Lottery-funded heritage attractions across the UK, will be offering a special treat for National Lottery ticket holders as a way of saying ‘thank you’ this Christmas.

The National Science and Media Museum is part of the Science Museum Group, which since 1995 has received more than £65m in funding from Heritage Lottery Fund. To say thank you for helping fund objects, exhibitions and galleries, we’ll be giving away free tote bags to National Lottery ticket holders.

We’re also offering the chance to compete for more great prizes. You could win the grand prize of a free tour on the iconic Flying Scotsman locomotive, plus afternoon tea with champagne; there’s a fantastic runner-up prize too (more details below). Based at the National Railway Museum in York, Flying Scotsman is one of the UK’s best-known global ambassadors, and has been a beneficiary of Heritage Lottery Fund generosity.

Tote bag giveaway and grand prize draw

Visit us between 11 and 17 December 2017, show us your National Lottery ticket, and you can claim a free tote bag! Once you’ve got your tote bag, you can also enter our grand prize draw.

We’re offering the fantastic prize of a tour on Flying Scotsman plus a champagne afternoon tea on the award-winning Countess of York. The runner-up prize is a family ticket for any IMAX film, plus a tour of any new National Science and Media Museum exhibition, on a date of your choice.

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Visit the museum between Monday 11 and Sunday 17 December 2017
  2. Present your National Lottery ticket (printed or digital) on arrival at the National Science and Media Museum to receive a free National Science and Media Museum tote bag (while stocks last)
  3. Take a selfie with your tote bag
  4. Share your selfie on Instagram or Twitter, tag the museum (you’ll find us at @mediamuseum), and add the hashtag #ThanksToYou
  5. That’s it—if you’ve followed the steps above, you’re entered to win!

Terms and conditions apply.

Our partnership with HLF

Without the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and National Lottery players, our museum wouldn’t be what it is today. In 1996 we underwent a major three-year improvement programme, inside and out, thanks to the award received. As well as that hugely significant investment there are many objects and collections that we’ve acquired with your help, so it really is a big ‘thanks to you’ from everyone here.

Here’s a bit more about the objects and works the HLF have helped fund here in Bradford over the past 21 years…

Developing the museum

A £6m award in 1996 enabled a major three-year development project to make the building what it is today. The museum was made approximately 25% larger than before; the soaring glass atrium, which defines our physical appearance, was created; a link was built from the museum to Pictureville Cinema; new gallery spaces and the 120-seat Cubby Broccoli Cinema were added.

Image shows the exterior of the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford, displaying a banner for Tim Peake's Spacecraft
Exterior of National Science and Media Museum, Bradford

Telling the story of film and television

In 1998 we brought the iconic Hammer Film Collection into the museum—including the vampire fangs worn by Sir Christopher Lee when he starred as Dracula in 1958. The collection records the pioneering work by make-up artists Phil Leakey and Roy Ashton for the famous British horror film company Hammer Films in the 1950s and 1960s.

Christopher Lee as Dracula in the 1958 Hammer Horror film of the same name
Christopher Lee as Dracula in the 1958 Hammer Horror film of the same name

In 2001 more than 80 TV receivers were added to our collection, charting television technology from the 1940s to the 1970s.

Philco Predicta Princess television receiver, 1959
Philco Predicta Princess television receiver, 1959 © Science Museum Group collection

And in 2002 an HLF award allowed us to acquire photographs by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, aka Lewis Carroll, including images of the girl believed to be the inspiration for Alice in Wonderland.

Alice Liddell in profile, facing right
Alice Liddell in profile, facing right, Summer 1858, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) © Science Museum Group collection

It’s no exaggeration to say that National Lottery players, through the HLF, have played an essential role in supporting the National Science and Media Museum—and on behalf of everyone at the museum, thank you for your support.

To find out more about us and our work with Heritage Lottery Fund, visit the Science Museum Group website or learn more about HLF. Terms and conditions apply to the competition.

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