National Science And Media Museum Announces 2022  Programme 

In the run-up to 2022, the National Science and Media Museum announces an exciting and jam-packed programme of festivals, exhibitions and screenings.  

Yorkshire Games Festival (12 – 18 February) 

Returning for its sixth year, the Yorkshire Games Festival serves a bastion for the UK’s fast-growing games industry in the North. The week-long festival includes a packed programme of talks, masterclasses and Q&A events featuring high-profile industry guests, as well as the return of the popular Let’s Play family weekend.  

Speakers will include Bobby Thandi, CEO of XR Games; Senior Character Artist Nele Steenput; David Shepphard, Lead User Experience Designer at Ubisoft, and many more to be announced in the New Year.  

Top Secret: From ciphers to cyber security (11 February – 5 June) 

Join the National Science and Media Museum for an exciting new exhibition exploring the fascinating world of codebreaking, ciphers and secret communications. Top Secret: From ciphers to cyber security will uncover over a century’s worth of communications intelligence through handwritten documents, declassified files and incredible artefacts from GCHQ’s and the Science Museum Group’s historic collections.  

Discover the story of Alan Turing and his team of codebreakers at Bletchley Park, learn the secrets of a Soviet spy ring in Cold War Britain and see how modern-day cybercrime works.  

Top Secret: From ciphers to cyber security has been created with expert advisors GCHQ and support from principal funder, DCMS. 

Broadcast 100 (January 2022 – January 2023) 

Credit: Science Museum Group Collection 

As part of the Science Museum Group’s Broadcast 100 celebrations, marking the centenary of the BBC and the 40th anniversary of Channel 4 in 2022, the National Science and Media Museum will host Switched On a special temporary exhibition across Galleries 1 and 2, set to open in July.   

In Gallery 1, Switched On will take visitors on a journey from the first BBC radio programmes in 1922 to TV and the rise of streaming services. The exhibition will examine the industry through the pioneers linked with broadcasting innovations that have reflected and changed everyday life.  

Throughout Gallery 2, Switched On will also explore the future of broadcasting with an exciting interactive exhibition, taking visitors on a journey of what media technologies and broadcasting could look like in the next 100 years.   Broadcast 100 is a series of events and exhibitions taking place across the Science Museum Group throughout 2022. Switched On at the National Science and Media Museum will open to the public from July 2022 – January 2023. 

Widescreen Weekend 2022 (13 – 16 October) 

Following the 25th anniversary in 2021, Widescreen Weekend returns to welcome film lovers from around the world to a festival of big and bold cinema, featuring blockbusters, classics, rarities and special guests.  

This celebration of the past, present and future of cinema is made possible by the museum’s unique offering, which includes the only remaining public venue in the world that can still show 3-strip Cinerama.  

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While restrictions have been eased, please remember to follow the latest COVID-19 guidelines in order to enjoy these events in a safe and responsible manner.