National Science and Media Museum Bradford

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Trips & Adventures – 8 November 2018

We arrived at Bradford Interchange at 11.25am and headed immediately for Bradford Library. Apparently our website has been “blocked” by Bury Library and we wanted to check if this was the case elsewhere.

Fortunately, we were able to see the website and fully access all areas, so we will have to sort out the issue in Bury.

The next stop was Wetherspoons where we sampled a variety of the meals on offer. The place was packed out with customers and we just about beat the queues.

We then made our way to the National Science and Media Museum. In September 2011 the museum was voted the best indoor attraction in Yorkshire by the public, and it is one of the most visited museums in the north of England.

The museum has seven floors of galleries with permanent exhibitions focusing on photography, television, animation, videogaming, the internet and the scientific principles behind light and colour. It also hosts temporary exhibitions and maintains a collection of 3.5 million pieces in its research facility.

We watched some iconic moments from television including snooker on a black and white television from the 70’s. This led to commentator Ted Lowe giving his famous quote: “… and for those of you who are watching in black and white, the pink sits behind the yellow.”

We were particularly impressed by some of the interactive exhibits which explore light and sound in the Wonderlab.

Finally, we headed over to the The Alhambra Theatre, named after the Alhambra palace in Granada, Spain, for refreshments. It was built in 1913 at a cost of £20,000 for theatre impresario Francis Laidler, and opened in 1914. In 1964, Bradford City Council bought the Alhambra for £78,900 and in 1974, it was designated a Grade II listed building. It underwent extensively refurbishment in 1986. Today it is a receiving house for large-scale touring theatre of all types and the main house seats 1,456. There was a performance about to start but Stuart and I were given a quick tour.

 

 

One thought on “National Science and Media Museum Bradford

  1. Looks like you had a great day out. I was at Radcliffe library ( one of 3 libraries left in Bury – Bury, Ramsbottom and Radcliffe) this afternoon and took ten minutes to check that Stuart is correct – our website is blocked in Bury at all 3 libraries. However I have good news. The helpful lady librarian saw on my sign in screen that our site is blocked and called the Bury IT department – this was just after 1 pm today – and she was told that the block would be lifted by 3 pm. I had other shopping to do in Radcliffe – butcher, baker and wine merchant (aka Asda…they do a mean Spanish red Tempranillo ..Vega Roja…for £3.89 which is very quaffable and excellent value) – and I was home just after 2 pm, so I couldn’t check if our site is no longer blocked. Fingers crossed, Pauline xx

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