National Science and Media Museum

The National Media Museum in Bradford, Yorkshire, will change its name to the National Science and Media Museum as of 23rd March.

The change of name will reflect the museum’s status as part of the Science Museum Group and a new focus on the science and culture of light and sound technologies.

A number of new features will open at the museum as part of the change, including a new free gallery called Wonderlab.

This gallery, which has cost £1.8 million to create, offers pupils an interactive experience filled with live experiments and shows and more than 20 exhibits.

School travel organisers can book ahead now to take Key Stage 2 and 3 pupils to some of the interactive shows that will be going on inside Wonderlab.

Light It Up, for example, is suitable for Key Stage 2 groups and is available to book on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays during term time from 24th April. During the show, pupils will learn all about the science of light.

The show will include opportunities for the whole class to participate, as well as team competitions. Participants will discover how to take a perfect picture of the universe and uncover the hidden dangers of Egyptian tombs.

In addition, from September the Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft that took Tim Peake to the International Space Station will be on display in the museum for three months, and school groups will be able to see it for the first time outside London.

More about the museum

The soon-to-be National Science and Media Museum offers plenty by way of education. Eight floors of free galleries about the internet, television, animation and photography, plus temporary exhibition spaces exploring different aspects of media are available to explore.

School groups can also enjoy use of the museums’ IMAX cinema, practical workshops, gallery talks and science shows.

Visits suit pupils from Key Stage 2 through to further education and can meet curriculum requirements for English, Science, Design and Technology, ICT, History, Art and Design, Media and Film Studies.

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