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.
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.