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National Media Museum Under Threat - The National Media Museum could be forced to close due to budget cuts, it has been revealed.

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It has emerged that the National Media Museum is under threat of closure due to further SMG (Science Museum Group) proposed budget cuts.

The SMG includes the Science Museum in London, National Railway Museum in York, the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester and the National Media Museum, in Bradford. Ian Blatchford, director of the SMG has stated that a further 10% cut in funding would mean that one of the four would have to close.

The National Media Museum is under the most threat as it gets the least number of visitors per year out of the four. But it is the home of comperehensive collections of photos and many rare cameras, from the very beginning of the art of photography. It holds over 3 million objects that track the history of photography, film and animation. It also hosts many photographic exhibitions.

This year, 2013, marks the 30th anniversary of the National Media Museum. It would be a great shame for photography, arts and media in general if the museum were to close.

A petition has been started to save the National Media Museum, and will be delivered to HM Treasury before 26 June 2013.

Visit the National Media Museum website to find out more about the collections.

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Kako  7135 forum posts
12 Jun 2013 - 5:44 PM

Personally I don't see why these museums can't introduce a token admission charge..say 1 per adult over 18. Not going to put many people off visiting and should bring in revenues of several million pounds which is all I believe they are short...a pittance in the grand scheme of things. We waste several times this amount every day on the EU.

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Alan_Baseley e2 Member 12314 forum postsAlan_Baseley vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2013 - 10:22 PM

It's ridiculous that these museums are free. They should charge a sensible rate, with free admission only for children and, possibly, those in full time education.

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