Save the National Media Museum! – Updated

*** We have a brilliant update  ***

Just in from the petition organisors:

“Great news – we did it! The science museums in Bradford, Manchester and York won’t be closing down! Culture minister Ed Vaizey has announced that he will decrease the proposed cut to the museums’ budget – and said that there was now “no question” of the museums closing. [1]

This is a fantastic victory for the 45,000 38 Degrees members who signed petitions to protect the museums. Hugh Bayley, the MP for York Central, laid the credit firmly at the door of our people-powered campaign, saying: “All the campaigning and all the warnings sent to the government appear to have been heeded”.

It’s because of this that not one but all three of the museums are now safe”

Many thanks from all at Cultoid who got involved and signed the petition. See you at the Media Museum very soon!

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It’s time for all of us to get together and raise up our voices in a united front!

Due to government cuts to the SMG (Science Media Group)’s budget it is likely to have to close one of its museums; it seems that this will most probably be the National Media Museum in Bradford!

For those that know this great place, you will instantly be questioning what can be done to avert this disaster. For those unaware let me just spell it out for you. This incredible building plays host to some of the most important exhibits of  film and TV history. It showcases art from local, national and international artists in a way that gives them a platform they would otherwise struggle to attain. It provides a great film and TV education to countless children, and it also houses three incredible cinemas, including the very first IMAX screen to have opened in the UK.


I myself have had many fantastic experiences there; starting from attending as a child, being in awe whilst looking at old panavision cameras and watching an IMAX film about the Grand Canyon (one hell of an experience for an 8 year old), and ranging right through to adulthood where I have attended many standout films (The Dark Knight Rises IMAX premier at 5am, The Iron Giant 35mm print, Hondo Godzilla Fest etc), exhibits and film festivals.

It is the kind of place that has the feel of being important. Every time you go in, you come out knowing something new, or having felt something you’ve never felt.

So please take a moment to sign the online petition, in a bid to show the powers that be how worthwhile and crucial the Media Museum is.

As the people behind the petition have said “The aim of this is not to ask to save the National Media Museum and close another museum within the SMG. All of the SMG institutions are vital to their cities. [we need] to highlight the individual support for the National Media Museum and Bradford and urge the government to not allow any of the museums in the SMG to close their doors”

James is a movie obsessive with a particular love for scores and screenplays. He has written for numerous blogs, sites and cinemas and has been involved in several screenwriting projects. He can usually be found in front of a large plasma screen devouring Westerns, 80s pulp, Jimmy Stewart movies or anything by the Coens.

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