The Trips Group
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Wednesday 22nd March
A trip combined with the Industrial Heritage group
33 people met at the Royal Hotel at 8:15 for a trip to the National Media Museum, Bradford. We met in the dry on a cold morning and during the 2 hour journey it rained sometimes heavily. The museum was expecting us but some of my emails had gone astray as they were only expecting 20 and had not noted the request for a tour. However, they rustled up two very knowledgeable young ladies and we began our 'behind the scenes' tour for which we were split into two groups.
The first stop for our group was the archive of Daily Herald photos for the period 1911 - 1965 which they acquired after the newspaper was purchased by Rupert Murdoch and became the Sun. The collection includes boxes of photos of many famous people but any photos of Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe (and they must surely have had some) disappeared during the transfer.
From there we visited the Small Objects Store. This was mainly cameras but did include some early home computer related objects which they were collecting for a short time but stopped before they were overwhelmed. Needless to say the next room we visited was the Large Object Store housing TV cameras, vintage TV sets and some very interesting items like the chair used for the taking of early prison 'mug-shots'.
Finally we were shown some of their early photos including Daguerreotype, Collodion Positive, also known as an Ambrotype (early 1850s - 1880s). As some of these are sensitive to light our guide dimmed the lights. For this reason we were not allowed to see the oldest known negative as it is just too sensitive.
After the tour, which took about an hour, some of us enjoyed lunch in the museum cafe while others ventured out to a nearby hostelry. For the rest of our visit we were free to look around the museum with various displays spread over six floors including film and television archives, a gaming area, animation and a gallery called the Magic Factory. Floors 2 and 1 were special displays; one was about pinhole cameras and the other showed photos featured in a recent television program called "Britain in Focus: A Photographic History" which was aired on BBC4.
Just time for a refreshing drink before the coach departed at 3.30pm arriving back at 5:30pm.
Large Objects Store
Small Objects Store
Daily Herald Archive
Games History Gallery
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