Bradford’s National Museum — publication launch

Join us to celebrate the launch of a new publication about the Bradford’s National Museum research project.

The Bradford’s National Museum research project 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.

The project publication does not simply give a retrospective account of the research findings. It was developed as an intrinsic part of the 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.

Our launch will reflect the approach we’ve used. You’ll hear from different people with different perspectives and you’ll see how we’ve come to conceptualise the national-local question.

You’ll also be invited to become part of this expanding conversation which is powering the museum in its ongoing, dynamic and open exploration of how to be national and be Bradford.

More information about the Bradford’s National Museum project, including contact details.

How to attend

Link to the event

The launch event is being hosted on Zoom. There is no need to book: please join us via the above link.


The National Science and Media Museum viewed from Bradford’s City Park. Image Credit: Tim Smith.