The National Media Museum opened in 1983, is part of the Science Museum Group and occupies a seven-floor building in central Bradford. It includes three cinemas, one of them fitted for IMAX presentations. The exhibits are arranged in four main sections. The Phogtoraphy collection includes the earliest known surviving negative, together with works by influential photographers, and extensive archives from the Kodak Museum, the Royal Photographic Society and the Daily Herald newspaper. The latter includes numerous images relating to industrial history, including compelling pictures of the Gresford Colliery disaster of 1934 when 266 men died. There is also material from the Photographic Advertising Company, established in 1926, and a huge collection of cameras and processing equipment.
Long before the establishment of the Museum, Robert W Paul began the Cinematography collection in 1933. It now totals some 13,000 artefacts, including the camera that made the earliest moving pictures in Britain. The Television collections includes experimental apparatus from the 1920s used by John Logie Baird (1888-1946), as well as a large collection of television receivers, the earliest of them dating from 1928. The fourth major section is concerned with the New Media that have arisen in recent decades with the rapid development of technology.