Bradford's National Museum

Bradford’s National Museum explored how the National Science and Media Museum can become locally-rooted and more open, engaged and collaborative. Over 150 people were involved in different ways in shaping the research and the ideas that have emerged.

This publication is not simply giving a retrospective account of the research findings. It was developed as an intrinsic part of our action research. We used the process of creating the publication to enable a final phase of reflection and dialogue and to draw out future directions for the National Science and Media Museum in and with Bradford.

Approaching the issues from many different people’s perspectives sharpened our understandings of the significant tensions produced by a national museum seeking to be rooted and collaborative. It also identified ways in which the tensions could be activated as strengths, dynamically creating pathways between the national and the local and expanding what the museum is and might become.

About the project

Part 1 Moments

Reflections on Bradford’s National Museum – from museum staff and collaborators – draw attention to significant moments of insight and indicate where there are possibilities for development and change.

  • Tim Smith

    The Power of Conversation Over the past thirty-five years I’ve talked to a lot of people in Bradford. I arrived...

  • Anandi Ramamurthy

    While seeing the history of the Asian Youth Movements and the Bradford 12 represented in the space of the National...

  • Aamir Darr

    Voices of the present need to be informed by those from the past. The public narrative of Bradford needs to...

  • Maureen Rowe

    Being asked to write this piece, I sat down to reflect on how I have engaged with the museum over...

All moments

Part 2 Dialogues

The reflective moments were listened to carefully by museum staff and put into dialogue with their own everyday practice in order to explore the tensions of being a national museum seeking to be rooted and collaborative.

Dialogues

Part 3 Future Directions

The National Science and Media Museum writes a letter to Bradford reframing the ‘tensions as strengths’ and identifying ways of working that will enable the museum to be both the nation’s and Bradford’s.

Future Directions