What difference does media portrayal make to Bradford?

This event at the National Science and Media Museum is organised by the Bradford's National Museum Project.

You are invited to join BBC Yorkshire, the National Science and Media Museum and Bradford City of Film to reflect on two recent initiatives with a shared ambition to hand back media headlines to the communities in Bradford.

The ongoing #bbcwearebradford project began with a special week of BBC coverage from our city, giving the people who live here the opportunity to tell the stories that matter most to them.

The National Science and Media Museum’s exhibition Above the Noise: 15 Stories from Bradford brought together stories from Bradford in a variety of forms—from words and photographs to sound installations and new artworks.

We will explore how these initiatives have sought to work collaboratively with people in Bradford to open up communication and establish areas of mutual interest and concern.

A panel discussion and contributions from the floor will explore the event’s opening question of ‘What difference does media portrayal make to Bradford?’ and ask why many people in Bradford are creating their own DIY media to define their own experiences of our city.

The panel will be chaired by Kersten England, Chief Executive of Bradford Council who will be joined by:

The panel will be followed by contributions from the floor.

It is free to attend but booking is essential. Please book your place here via Eventbrite.

This event is part of the Bradford’s National Museum research project a partnership between the University of Leeds and the National Science and Media Museum. It is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

The research project is led by Dr Helen Graham (School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies), alongside Professor Will Gould (School of History) and Professor Seán McLoughlin (School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science).


Cubby Broccoli Cinema
National Science and Media Museum
Bradford BD1 1NQ

Starting from Thursday 11 July, and throughout the summer, a compilation of #bbcwearebradford films will be screened at 11.30am and 2pm on the Big Screen in Bradford City Park in partnership with Bradford UNESCO City of Film.

Photo credit: Tim Smith