The National Media Museum is home to over 3.5 million items of historical and cultural significance, and our diverse Collection encompasses some of the finest and most compelling visual material to be found anywhere in the world.

Amongst the Collection are three pivotal firsts - the world's earliest known surviving negative, the earliest television footage and the camera that made the earliest moving pictures in Britain.

Choose from the National Photography, National Cinematography, National Television and National New Media Collections to explore an online selection of artefacts.

A portion of the national photography collection, including the RPS archive, will be moving to the V&A Museum in 2016. Click here for details.

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    An innovative voice in discussions worldwide about science and its history, communication, and presentation in museums.

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  • Blog: Photographing the economic depression in the 1930s

    While our politicians, papers and commentators fall on either side of the food bank debate, we look back at poverty and charitable welfare in the 1930s.

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  • Is this the last remaining Scophony TV receiver high speed scanner motor?

    Iain Baird reveals the technology behind our latest television collection acquisition, and explains why the Scophony television scanner is not to be scoffed at.

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