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Bradford's media museum renamed as new £1.8m gallery opens

Credit: National Science and Media Museum

Bradford's media museum has been renamed ahead of the opening of a new £1.8million gallery – and the arrival of astronaut Tim Peake's spaceship.

It will now be called the National Science and Media Museum in a move designed to reflect a new focus on the science behind photography, film and television.

The museum will unveil its new Wonderlab gallery at the end of the month, featuring exhibits that will allow visitors to watch their body split from their head as they walk, hear their voice echo through a 15m-long tube, experience an anti-gravity mirror and walk through a musical laser tunnel.

Bosses have also confirmed that from September it will host the spacecraft that carried Major Tim Peake to the International Space Station (ISS) and back to earth last year.

Jo Quinton-Tulloch, museum director, said: “We want to draw in new visitors, encourage existing ones to come more often and open a whole new chapter for the museum."

Credit: National Science and Media Museum

The arrival of Tim Peake’s spacecraft is a huge coup for us – the first time it can be seen in the UK outside of London. It was at the centre of one of the biggest broadcast events of 2016 and will be yet another reason for people to visit the museum when it goes on display later in the year.

– Jo Quinton-Tulloch, museum director