Yorkshire museums under threat

It's being reported that if proposed budget cuts go ahead, then the National Media Museum in Bradford or the National Railway Museum in York could be forced to close.

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Museum campaign stepped up

The campaign to save Bradford's under-threat media museum stepped up today with a demonstration outside the attraction. It's one of three which could have to close because of government cuts to their budget.

Already hundreds of people have signed a petition against it's closure, and today two of the city's MPs came out to encourage more people to sign up. Michael Billington reports.

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Campaign to save Bradford's media museum

Campaigners are gathering in Bradford this morning in the fight to save the National Media Museum.

Earlier this week it was revealed that either the media museum, York's Railway museum, or the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester would "almost certainly" have to close if budget cuts go ahead.

It's feared the Chancellor could announce a 10% cut to the funding of the Science Museum Group, the group which runs the three attractions, when he announces the results of the comprehensive spending review later this month.

The National Media Museum in Bradford is one of three which is under threat of closure. Credit: ITV Calendar

Video: Campaign to save Yorkshire museums

Thousands of people have pledged their support for campaigns to keep two of the region's national museums open. It's feared that either the Media Museum in Bradford or the National Railway Museum in York could close because of government spending cuts.

A big protest is planned in Bradford tomorrow - and people are being urged to show their support by visiting the attractions. Chris Kiddey reports.

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York MP lobbies over future of National Railway Museum

Julian Sturdy MP Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Following the announcement that York’s National Railway Museum could face closure due to cutbacks across all government departments, Julian Sturdy, the MP for York Outer, has added to the calls for a parliamentary debate on the importance of museums in protecting our culture and heritage.

Speaking in the House of Commons , the Conservative MP said: “May I add my voice to the call for a debate on the importance of local museums and the way in which they protect our culture and heritage for future generations? An example is the fantastic National Railway Museum in York._

"I visited the museum many times as a young boy. I now have the pleasure of taking my young children there, and I know how important that museum is to York’s DNA.”_ _

Mr Sturdy has vowed to do all he can to prevent the Museum from being closed. He will be writing to Ed Vaizey MP, the Minister responsible for Museums at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, to reiterate how important the Museum is to York and the very strong case for keeping it open.

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York councillors appeal to keep railway museum

The leaders of all parties on York City Council have written to the Culture Secretary to plead their case to secure the future of the city's National Railway Museum.

It is one of three museums, including Bradford's media museum, which are under threat of closure if government cuts to their budget are confirmed.

Through its cultural, heritage and educational strengths, the NRM represents and reflects York in the most appropriate way. Its contribution to the city’s cultural life is well established. Having been the home of the modern railway in Britain, the city remains a major centre for the rail industry, including train operators, infrastructure providers and advanced manufacturing/ engineering for the railway sector.

– Excerpt from York Council party leaders' letter.
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