The National Science and Media Museum in Bradford has received initial support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, allowing it to begin the development of new galleries and an accompanying activity programme.

The initial first pass grant of £318,963 has been awarded for the development phase of the project, entitled ‘Sound and Vision’.

During the project’s development phase, the museum is to consult with the community, including the creation of an Access Panel and Youth Forum for specific consultation.

Development of the Sound and Vision gallery interpretation and design brief will commence, alongside audience research, staff training and volunteering opportunities.

New posts will also be recruited to join the project team, and the museum will be piloting new learning programmes to complement the activity plan.

The museum is due to submit its second-round application next year to fund the delivery stage of the project.

If the museum is successful in its second-round application, it will be awarded more than £3 million from The National Lottery Heritage Fund towards the delivery of a £6 million project.

The ‘Sound and Vision’ project will include collections of photography, radio, film, TV, sound and digital technologies, and has been created in consultation with local communities.

Jo Quinton-Tulloch, Director of the National Science and Media Museum, said its aim was to “realise the Science Museum Group’s mission of making STEM education open for all”.

The ‘Sound & Vision’ project, they added, “will explore the relevance and impact of image and audio technology throughout history, connecting the museum’s collections not only to this global communications age, but also directly to our home city.”

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