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Kirsty Fife, Curator of Library and Archives, at the National Science and Media Museum, formerly the National Media Museum, has published a blog discussing some of the archives the S+MM holds and how the museum is planning to make them accessible.

She says: 'Since July [2016] we’ve been working on a project to make our paper-based archives more accessible to the general public. Our paper-based collections include materials by seminal pioneers of technology including Henry Fox Talbot, Charles Urban and William and Claude Friese-Greene, as well as the records of organisations including Ilford (the photographic manufacturers), Gandolfi (the camera-making family) and PYE TVT (telecommunications). We also have archives with a lot of local significance including records relating to the refurbishment of the Bradford Odeon/Gaumont and a collection of cinema posters produced by W.B. Berry Ltd, based in Bradford.

Examples of some of the types of material you might find in our archive and library collections include posters, photographs, personal papers, business correspondence and organisational records, architectural drawings and plans, animation cells, instruction manuals, ephemera and trade brochures and rare books.'

Read the full blog post here:

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