The National Media Museum is home to over 3.5 million items of historical and cultural significance, including three pivotal firsts: the world's earliest known surviving negative, the earliest television footage, and the camera that made the earliest moving pictures in Britain.
Explore different aspects of our collections below, or visit Science Museum Group Collections Online to view over 250,000 objects and archives from this museum, the Science Museum, Museum of Science and Industry and National Railway Museum.
National Photography Collection
The National Photography Collection incorporates a number of world-class collections and includes key images by the most influential photographers of our time alongside an extensive collection of photographic technology.
National Cinematography Collection
Tracing the history and prehistory of cinema, focusing on professional and amateur film production and consumption in Britain, the National Cinematography Collection comprises over 13,000 objects and artefacts.
National Television Collection
Demonstrating the evolution of the medium, this is the world's largest collection of television technology; from its earliest rudimentary inventions to the refined technologies in use today.
National New Media Collection
Our youngest collection aims to record the evolution of digital media, and represent the internet and gaming as well as traversing the boundaries between photography, film, television and radio which have been blurred by digital technology.
Collections Online is a database of over 250,000 objects from the collections of the Science Museum, the National Railway Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry and this museum.
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