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What used to be the National Photography Museum

By philtaylorphoto  
Once upon a time this used to be the National Museum of Photography, Film and Telelevision. Now you'll be lucky to see anything photography related, it's just a huge gaming experience- or am I getting old?

Tags: Museum Bradford Architecture

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15 Feb 2020 10:14AM
When the choice is between culture or making money, money always wins.

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dudler Plus
16 1.1k 1598 England
15 Feb 2020 10:59AM
I'll put that another way - where there's a choice between the Provinces and London, London always wins...

The photographic collection, I think, has been moved to the V&A - is that right?
philtaylorphoto 18 332 1
15 Feb 2020 11:12AM
Partly. The Royal Photographic Society Collection. which they got at a bargain price was moved to the V and A.

The. RPS HQ of course, is now out of the way in the South West.

At one time the museum had a TV set for drama and news, a mocked up newsroom (very realistic, as there was nobody in it), where you could see PA images arriving by wire machine (how quaint).

The development of digital imaging gets a brief bit of coverage, and you wont see any of those Frankenstein adapted film cameras etc or any realistic explanation as to how it works.

Maybe it's a middle age thing, but it's nice to press your nose against a display window, and point excitedly at something you once owned. Car museums manage, and the Science museum outpost in Manchester does well for historical wow factor.

mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.9k 2165 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2020 1:01PM
Sad story. Good memories of the old set-up.
philtaylorphoto 18 332 1
15 Feb 2020 1:58PM
Yep, remember the 7 foot tall Canon AE1 in the basement? The big Kodak gallery telling the story amateur and enthusiast photographers?

There's the story of how enthusiasts embraced digital, how chemical photography still has a following, even how everyone has a camera in their pocket and the rise of social media.
mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.9k 2165 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2020 2:04PM
Yes, but I'll admit that I was thinking more of the toys and puppets used in BBC children's programmes when our daughter was little... Blush
We are planning to check out the V&A display in a couple of weeks time. But Bradford is a lot closer.
philtaylorphoto 18 332 1
15 Feb 2020 2:23PM
Ah, the Smash robots.
15 Feb 2020 8:28PM
First UK venue to get an IMAX cinema screen.
dark_lord Plus
16 2.4k 630 England
15 Feb 2020 9:01PM
I did visit this place around 30 years ago and I found the TV stuff fascinating.
While the photography side was good I'd read a lot about the history of photography so there weren't any surprises, though it is sad to see it moved away.

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