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Bradford’s Science and Media museum appoints Agents of Change

Bradford Science and Media Museum

The National Science and Media Museum in Bradford has appointed Agents of Change (AOC) to design two new galleries for its Sound and Vision project.

The appointment marks a milestone for Sound and Vision. AOC will work collaboratively with the museum’s project team to conceptualise and design the two new galleries that will showcase key objects and stories from the museum’s world-class collections of photography, film, television, animation, videogames, and sound technologies.

AOC has also been commissioned to review and update the museum’s current masterplan to reflect the development of the Sound and Vision galleries and the improvements to visitor flow with the installation of a new lift.

AOC is a practice of designers and architects who engage and collaborate with communities to bring designs to life. The agency has significant experience in the museums and heritage sector with impressive credentials including acclaimed projects for the V&A, Wellcome Collection and the Crafts Council.

Jo Quinton-Tulloch, director of the National Science and Media Museum, said: “By working collaboratively with our local audiences, the development of the new galleries will connect our community to our world class collections and truly reflect that Bradford is the youngest and one of the UK’s most diverse and fastest growing cities. The project will also give us the vital opportunity to realise the Science Museum Group’s mission of making STEM education open for all, helping to close some of the disparities caused by the pandemic and providing fantastic opportunities for our communities.”

Currently in the development phase thanks to support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Sound and Vision will inspire future generations by providing wider access to world class collections of photography, radio, film, TV, sound and digital technologies. In the lead up to City of Culture in 2025, Sound and Vision will reenergise Bradford’s cultural offer through three distinct focus areas— the internationally significant Science Museum Group’s collections, STEM and working collaboratively, increasing participation with the collections.

The new galleries will explore key stories which are relevant to all our lives, including the creation of the world’s first photograph; Louis Le Prince’s ground-breaking work in moving images and film; and the forgotten pioneer of the pixel who created the building blocks of digital photography. The project will also work with local communities through a detailed activity plan, including opportunities to collect community stories, inspiring more people to reimagine their relationship with STEM and support them with opportunities for employment and upskilling.


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