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Lecture:Fairies Photographed! at National Science and Media Museum

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Lecture, Thu 30 Sep 2021, free entry

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Contact

National Science and Media Museum

Address

Bradford,
West Yorkshire,
BD1 1NQ

Events at this Venue

date event
Fri 23 Jul - Sun 5 Dec Sound Season
Wed 11 Aug - Sat 31 May Belle Vue Studio Exhibition
Sun 26 Sep Mughal-E-Azam
Thu 30 Sep Fairies Photographed!
Thu 30 Sep I'll Meet You There
Thu 7 - Sun 10 Oct Widescreen Weekend

Details

Caught on Camera? The Case of the Cottingley Fairies

In December 1920, The Strand Magazine published a series of sensational photographs taken by two young girls from Cottingley that allegedly showed real-life fairies dancing at the bottom of their garden. Their authenticity was vouched by no less a person than world-famous Sherlock Holmes creator and spiritualist Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

The images immediately triggered a fierce public debate: were they evidence of the existence of otherworldly nature spirits, of the technical craft and duplicity of their creators, or of the suspect nature of photography itself? The cameras used to produce the pictures, along with Elsie Wright’s famous 1983 “Confession” letter, are today held in the collection of the National Science and Media Museum.

In this talk, Professor Christine Ferguson of the Media of Mediumship project discusses what these objects can tell us about the long-standing relationship between technological innovation and alternative spiritual belief in modern Britain.

We also have a special flash exhibition of a Flock of Fairies from Cecil Green Arts, sponsored by Bradford 2025 City of Culture bid.

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
Thu 30 Sep 2021 18:30 to 20:00
Please book tickets in advance.

Prices

Free entry

Directions

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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

Facilities

  • 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