National Science and Media Museum After-Hours Event Returns This Month

Lates return to the National Science and Media Museum on 18 October with a special broadcasting edition to celebrate the last 100 years of the BBC and the innovations that have shaped everyday life.  

In collaboration with the BBCBroadcasting Lates will bring the changes in television and radio to life with the opportunity to travel through history and to explore today’s cutting-edge technology through fascinating talks, illuminating tours, hands-on workshops and free activities.  

Visitors can explore new ways of consuming and experiencing media through an audio orchestrator experience along with demos of the latest tech for virtual production in broadcasting, special effects makeup, virtual reality and 3D cameras. Discover the latest technology and gadgets used in the recent Frozen Planet series or have a go at being a news presenter and keeping up with the autocue, while meeting current presenters from BBC Newsround. The museum’s café and bar will also be open, serving food and refreshments, and visitors will receive a complimentary drink upon arrival.  

Alongside Lates on 18 October, the museum will host a live recording of Radio 4’s Inside Science in Pictureville Cinema. Presenter Vic Gill will be joined by Lewis Pollard, Curator of TV and Broadcast from the National Science and Media Museum and other guests, to discuss the future of broadcasting and in particular the science and technology shaping the medium. BBC Research and Development will demonstrate new technology, designed to change the way we access content, and participants will consider what this means for the viewing and listening experience. The panel will be joined by the BBC’s Director-General Tim Davie, who will mark the BBC centenary moment with a few words. 

Lates offers a unique experience to explore the museum’s galleries after dark and visitors to Broadcasting Lates will have the opportunity explore the latest temporary exhibition, Switched On. Switched On celebrates the last 100 years of broadcast innovations through the pioneers who have forced the industry to adapt, change or make room for more voices. Visitors will also have after-hours access to the museum’s permanent galleries such as Wonderlab and Games Lounge, along with tours of the museum’s archives.  

The Broadcast 100 programme is supported by the People’s Postcode Lottery.   

Broadcasting Lates will be on Tuesday, 18 October from 18.30-21.30.  For more information and to book free tickets, please visit:  

For more information and to apply for tickets to Inside Science, please visit: BBC 100: Inside Science | Shows and tours 

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