About Us

The National Media Museum is based in Bradford, UK, and forms part of the National Science Museum Group, with a focus on photography, audio, the internet, video gaming, television, and film. The museum boasts seven floors of galleries and three cinemas. One of the most visited museums in the north of England, the National Media Museum has worked with a long list of respected photographers working on a variety of projects.

To find out more about the National Media Museum, please visit their website:  http://www.nationalmediamuseum.org.uk

Polly Braden is a renowned documentary photographer. She spent two years working on the book Great Interactions: Life with Learning Disabilities And Autism.  Her work has appeared in a variety of national and international newspapers and magazines, and in 2010, she published the book, China Between. Work from that project was also featured in the book, Street Photography Now.

To view more of Polly’s work, please visit her website: http://pollybraden.com/

Rashmi Becker is based in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge where she is undertaking PhD research examining the role of direct support staff in enabling people with a learning disability to live a better life. The research is fully funded by National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care East of England. Rashmi has over 20 years of professional experience working as a communications and policy expert in central government, the European Commission and Parliament, in healthcare and for national learning disability and autism charities. Rashmi is the project editor of the Great Interactions book having conceived the project, working closely with Polly to realise the book and exhibition.

For more about Rashmi’s role in the project, please read her blog. 

The MacIntyre Charity has been working to support people with learning disabilities since the charity was founded in 1966. Today, they are a leading charity in the learning disabilities sector, and continue to fulfil their mission by providing learning, support services, education, and care to over 100 people with learning disabilities, complex needs and autism. They also provide support to the families of people who have learning disabilities.

To find out more about the work of MacIntyre, please visit their website:  http://www.macintyrecharity.org

Dewi Lewis Publishing has a strong and award-winning history of producing art books by major British and international photographers.  They are publishing the book Great Interactions and are giving all profits made from the sale of the book to the MacIntyre Charity.

To find out more about Dewi Lewis Publishing, please visit their website: http://www.dewilewis.com

Lucy Toms is a photographer and producer, who will be managing Project: Great Interactions, running the blog and handling any enquiries about the project. If you need support to participate in the project, please email her at greatinteractionslive@gmail.com and we’ll do everything we can to improve our service for you. You can also go to our Twitter feed @gr8interactions if you need to ask for help.