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By Jo Quinton-Tulloch on

Happy 30th birthday to us!

Throughout this month, we’ve been counting down to our 30th birthday, and now it’s finally here!

Our big birthday bash in Bradford

Over the next couple of days, we’re putting on a big birthday celebration, with something for every one of our visitors to get involved in—from showcasing the stars of our collection, to a ’30 objects in 30 minutes’ beat-the-clock behind the scenes tour.

We’ll have live performances from Punk Science, and our Learning team have put together a brand new show, Reel to Real.

Among the great selection of new films showing this weekend, you might have heard that we’ll be screening To Fly!, the very first IMAX film that was shown here, in the very first IMAX theatre in Europe.

As well as all this, there’ll be crafts, a photography studio, and talks about the Cottingley Fairies, the hoax photography phenomenon that is known worldwide and originated just four miles from the museum.

And let’s not forget free birthday cupcakes. After all, what birthday would be complete without cake?

30 years of preserving the history and development of the still and moving image

This weekend’s events serve as a wonderful reminder that over the last 30 years we’ve been in the privileged position of both displaying and preserving a treasure trove of historically significant items.

Our collections document the still and moving image, from the earliest experiments in photography, through to the inventions of cinematography and television and beyond, showcasing the technology used to create them and the impact they have made.

Since opening in 1983, this museum has looked back at the history of a unique blend of science, innovation, creativity and art as well as looking forward in a world where the image has countless applications and is ever-present in our lives.

This special weekend provides plenty of opportunity for our visitors to get involved, and we’re thrilled to be able to share our stories with you all on this, our 30th birthday.

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