National Science and Media Museum 2019

There’s so much happening at the National Science + Media Museum all year round – the events calendar is always busy! Have a look at the overview of events for 2019, plan your year ahead and make sure you don’t miss out.

Yorkshire Games Festival at National Science and Media Museum.

Yorkshire Games Festival (6-10 February) Back for its third instalment, the Yorkshire Games Festival showcases some of the greatest expertise and creativity from across the videogames spectrum, providing gamers and budding game makers unrivalled access to the industry.

Special guests at YGF19 include Charles Cecil MBE (Revolution Games), Brjann Sigurgeirsson (Image & Form), Jeff Minter (Llamasoft), Media Molecule’s Gem Abdeen, Rami Ismail of Vlambeer, and Mette Andersen from IO Interactive, among many others. There will be a BAFTA Young Designers strand, and the Northern Games Showcase focuses on the wealth of talent in the North of England.

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Operation Ouch! February Half Term (16 – 24 February) For February half term, the National Science and Media Museum is teaming up with hit CBBC show Operation Ouch! and presenters Dr Chris, Dr Xand and Dr Ronx to explore the wonderful world of medicine.

Featuring action-packed activities, awesome experiments, behind-the-scenes footage, sneak peeks and challenges for all the family, it’s science with the gross bits left in! Free entry.

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Above the Noise image is Tim Smith/BHRU

Above the Noise (15 March – 16 June) What happens when the established media doesn’t work or speak for a community? How do people react when they feel their place is misrepresented?

Throughout Bradford, different groups have shown how mainstream channels can be bypassed or adapted, as they record their own histories, create cultural networks, and make political and social change.

Above the Noise, a new free-to-enter exhibition and part of Bradford’s National Museum research project, brings together alternative stories of Bradford in collaboration with the people who live and work in the district, through their own words, images, objects and technology.

The exhibition kickstarts a wide-ranging conversation about Bradford and its representation, exploring its stories from many angles, celebrating ingenuity and informing the debate.

Summer exhibition (July – October) 

To mark the 50th anniversary of the first humans setting foot on the moon, the National Science and Media Museum’s summer exhibition takes a giant leap into space to explore how science has enabled people on earth to see and hear what happens in the depths of the galaxy.

This free family showcase takes a look at some of the amazing space-age technology that has revealed the secrets of the universe, from the live TV broadcasts of the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969, to the equipment that beamed Stephen Hawking’s voice into a black hole in 2017.


Bradford Science Festival (18 – 21 July) Taking place exactly 50 years after the first humans landed on the moon, the 2019 Bradford Science Festival promises to feature a look at space travel among its main attractions. As it brings together a whole raft of organisations from Bradford District and beyond to celebrate science and technology in a fun, family-friendly environment, the festival aims to attract even more than the 34,000 people who attended in 2018. Produced for the third time by the National Science and Media Museum, and taking place across City Park, The Broadway and the museum, it’s sure to be an out-of-this-world weekend.

Widescreen Weekend 2019 (October)

Following another record-breaking year in 2018, the National Science and Media Museum once again welcomes film lovers from around the world to its festival of big and bold cinema.

Featuring blockbusters, classics, rarities and special guests, it’s a celebration of the past, present and future of cinema made possible by the museum’s unique facilities, including the only publicly accessible Cinerama screen outside the USA.



Shaun the Sheep October Half Term (26 October – 3 November) In October the National Science and Media Museum welcomes back Shaun the Sheep for a brand-new half term adventure.

The much-loved character, created by Aardman and director Nick Park, returns to the museum for school holiday fun and games, with free animation activities and behind-the-scenes tips and tricks from the Aardman studio. Free entry.