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Exhibition, Wed 11 Apr - Sun 24 Jun 2018, free entry


JB Dancer stereoscopic camera

JB Dancer stereoscopic camera



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National Science and Media Museum,
West Yorkshire,

Events at this Venue

date event
Wed 11 Apr - Sun 24 Jun Immersion
Mon 11 Jun - Sun 22 Jul Bradford Together
Fri 13 Jul - Sun 30 Sep Action Replay
Thu 19 - Sun 22 Jul Bradford Science Festival
Thu 19 Jul Lates: Bradford Science Festival
Wed 6 - Sun 10 Feb Yorkshire Games Festival 2019


Collishaw’s installation Thresholds will be complemented by the exhibition Immersion (free entry), a display of historic items highlighting how innovators have constantly sought to use science and technology to create increasingly immersive sensory experiences in the fields of photography, cinema and recorded sound.

Examples from the National Science and Media Museum’s world class collections, including one of the earliest Victorian stereoscopic cameras and objects relating to origin of the Museum’s large-format IMAX and Cinerama screens, will sit alongside experimental stereo recording technology from EMI’s historic Central Research Laboratories and examples of stereoscopic equipment from Queen guitarist and photography collector Brian May’s personal archive.

Highlights include the prototype of the OWL Stereoscopic Viewer developed by May and the London Stereoscopic Company for viewing classic or contemporary stereocards, and the 1960s stereo viewer given away by Weetabix which sparked his interest in stereophotography.

The EMI Archive Trust has loaned iconic objects relating to British inventor and engineer Alan Dower Blumlein’s ground-breaking experiments in stereo sound in the 1930s, which has enhanced the experience of listening to recorded music ever since. Original technology used at Abbey Road Studios during Blumlein’s test recordings will be displayed, including a binaural ribbon microphone and a pair of HB1 microphones, plus reproductions of the working notes and drawings he used during the development process. Blumlein’s family have also kindly loaned the exhibition the Technical Grammy Award he received posthumously in 2017.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedDisabled toiletsFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsWelcome HostWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Event details

Dates Times
Wed 11 Apr - Sun 24 Jun 2018 10:00 to 18:00


Free entry



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Map reference: SE 161327  Lat: 53.79091 Long: -1.75609

By Road:
One mile from end of M606.

By Public Transport:
Come out of Bradford Interchange, turn left at The BradfordHotel, follow signs to museum. The museum is a five minute walk from the Interchange.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Bradford Interchange station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality