Being reported in the Manchester Evening News today, there are very strong indications that the three museums up for closure, Bradford Media, York Railway and MOSI have ALL been saved, for now at least. Manchester University’s Prof Brian Cox has led a campaign with I took part in, which 40,000 signatures were committed to a petition.
“The Museum of Science and Industry will be saved – following a massive campaign by M.E.N readers.
Culture minister Ed Vaizey insisted the landmark museum or its two sister sites in Yorkshire would ‘not close’.
The Manchester landmark museum, York’s National Rail Museum and the National Media Museum in Bradford were all named as potentially ‘at risk’ by their parent organisation earlier this month.
The Science Museum Group (SMG) said it may be forced into shutting one of the venues due to an expected £6m deficit in its budget, forced by government cuts.
But nearly 40,000 M.E.N. readers signed a petition calling for the Manchester attraction to be saved – and our campaign was backed by star scientists including Prof Brian Cox.
Mr Vaizey today told the BBC: “They [the SMG] asserted if there was a certain level of cuts they would have to look at closing one.”They are not going to receive those level of cuts so there is no reason why any of these museums should close.”Let’s not beat about the bush – they won’t close.”
However, there was no confirmation from the DCMS this morning about the minister’s statement – or whether any new commitment had been given.
It was reported that instead of a 10 per cent budget cut could the SMG could instead face a lesser five per cent reduction.
The Science Museum Group said it was also looking into the matter.”
This is obviously great news. The loss of any museum is this day and age is scandalous and to lose our local industrial museum, MOSI and Bradford’s Media, possibly including the country’s last remaining Cinerama screen, the Pictureville cinema. Good luck to all three and hopefully this will be an end to the threats of closure and not just the first round in a long running battle to save our heritage.