The National Media Museum
The National Media Museum is part of the NMSI Museums Group (National Museum of Science and Industry) which also includes the Science Museum (based in London, and at Wroughton in Wiltshire) and the National Railway Museum (based in York, and at Shildon in County Durham).
We exist to "Engage, inspire and educate by promoting an understanding and appreciation of photography, film, television, radio and the web; using our collection and knowledge to deliver a cultural programme accessibly and authoritatively."
The National Media Museum covers seven floors of a city centre building in Bradford. It offers:
- Permanent interactive galleries about photography, television and animation – as well as the Magic Factory which explains the basic principles behind those subjects.
- Three cinemas including an IMAX showing the latest 3D films, and two other auditoria – Pictureville and Cubby Broccoli – which show films you won’t normally see in your local multiplex.
- Two special exhibition galleries – where we stage a rolling programme of exhibitions, sometimes drawn from our collections, sometimes toured in from elsewhere.
- The BBC’s Bradford radio, TV and online studio – a real, working exhibit within the Museum.
- A number of areas where learning activities – tours and talks – take place.
- A research and collections centre where much of our extensive collection is held, and where you can visit for research and study.
- Other facilities including a café, bar and shop.
The Alhambra Theatre
The Alhambra Theatre is the jewel in the crown of the city. Built in 1914 and refurbished in 1986 with stunning results, it is a testimony to the splendour of the Edwardian music hall era.
Today, the Alhambra is regarded as the North's premier touring venue and hosts the best in large scale entertainment from ballet and opera to variety and comedy, musicals, drama and, of course, the annual pantomime. Regular visits are made from prestigious companies such as the Royal Shakespeare Company, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Northern Ballet Theatre and the Royal National Theatre to compliment spectacular West End musicals such as Grease, Whistle Down the Wind and The Phantom of the Opera. The facilities of the building and high quality of the programme ensure that the Alhambra Theatre is popular with patrons throughout the region as well as being a source of pride in Bradford.
St. George's Concert Hall
The Victorian built St. George's Concert Hall is home to a wide range of entertainment bringing the cream of touring music, comedy and variety shows to the region. The beneficiary of a multi-million pound refurbishment which was completed in 1984, St. George's has become a first choice for major international artists.
The venue hosts Bradford's orchestral concert season, now in its 143th year with the Hallé in their third season as resident orchestra and offers plenty of choice for other musical tastes from bhangra to brass bands to rock and pop. A favourite venue of the national stand-up comedy circuit, the hall attracts big names in variety entertainment and also receives regular children's shows and amateur productions. St George's Hall is available for hire for conferences, exhibitions, meetings and shows. There are also a number of rooms available for smaller meetings and other events.
Henry Moore Institute
The HMI in Leeds is known internationally for its wide-ranging programme. Its exhibitions vary from historic to contemporary sculpture, as does its active research programme.
As well as managing a specialist library, the Institute curates the British sculpture and archive collections of Leeds Museums & Galleries.