Bradford Council funds for National Media Museum ruled out

Gerry Sutcliffe

Gerry Sutcliffe

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Parliamentary Correspondent

Bradford Council has played down talk of a cash injection to help save the National Media Museum ahead of a visit by a committee of MPs.

The Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee is heading to Bradford amid continuing concern about the long-term future of the attraction.

The MPs – led by Bradford South’s Gerry Sutcliffe and Shipley’s Philip Davies – are keen to get a face-to-face report about progress on a financial rescue package.

A five-year masterplan, put forward by the museum, was accepted by trustees of the Science Museum Group in December.

But the Treasury then announced a further cut in funding, which has left the group needing to find a further £787,000 in savings in two years.

The group already has to find £3.7 million savings by the end of 2015/16 – and bosses put its overall “real terms” cut since 2010 at more than 30 per cent.

Since last year, museum director Jo Quinton-Tulloch has been working with the Council and the University of Bradford on a package to breathe new life into the attraction.

Meetings have been held with Council leader David Green and Tony Reeves, the Council’s chief executive.

But last night Councillor Green told the Telegraph & Argus: “Bradford Council has not been asked for any financial support at this time.

“We will continue to work with the museum to support its future plans and to identify ways in which we can help secure its future.

“The National Media Museum needs to remain part of the national Science Museum Group and that the main responsibility for securing its future sustainability lies with the Science Museum Group.”

The all-party committee will visit the museum on Monday, March 10, following up the inquiry at Westminster last summer when closure was a threat.

Mr Sutcliffe said: “We want to hear an update from the museum about the progress it has made in discussions with the Council about its long-term future.

“I think it’s a positive step that the MPs want to come to Bradford. It shows their commitment to ensuring we have a national museum that befits the title.”

The museum has drawn up plans to create two new permanent galleries, a temporary exhibition space, overhaul its lobby and entrances and join forces with a commercial cinema partner.

However, Miss Quinton-Tulloch has warned it must now look for new funding streams, as well as reduce its costs, following the latest Government cuts.

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6:58am Sat 1 Mar 14

collos25 says...

Anything GS is involved with is bound to a success just look at his track record at BBs.
Anything GS is involved with is bound to a success just look at his track record at BBs. collos25
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9:04am Sat 1 Mar 14

Cooperlane2 says...

Yet the council will loan money to Bradford Bulls
Yet the council will loan money to Bradford Bulls Cooperlane2
  • Score: 9

10:32am Sat 1 Mar 14

The Hoffster says...

Lol @ the pic used of Gezz :D
Lol @ the pic used of Gezz :D The Hoffster
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10:41am Sat 1 Mar 14

bcfc1903 says...

I thought this was all done and dusted?

I guess if you have someone at the head of the Science Museum Group who doesn't seem to want Bradford having the Media Museum there will always be a question mark over it's future. A sad state of affairs.

He should be replaced.

The worlds first UNESCO City of Film should be the home of the National Media Museum.

I'm sure if push came to shove Bradford Council would find funds to help sustain this fantastic Bradford attraction.
I thought this was all done and dusted? I guess if you have someone at the head of the Science Museum Group who doesn't seem to want Bradford having the Media Museum there will always be a question mark over it's future. A sad state of affairs. He should be replaced. The worlds first UNESCO City of Film should be the home of the National Media Museum. I'm sure if push came to shove Bradford Council would find funds to help sustain this fantastic Bradford attraction. bcfc1903
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1:59pm Sat 1 Mar 14

vikksy says...

Didn't take long for the Bulls to be mentioned I see.
Didn't take long for the Bulls to be mentioned I see. vikksy
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2:21pm Sat 1 Mar 14

tyker7745 says...

yep:Bulls got £200 k within days: a tourist centre visited by millions a year gets nowt. Sums up Bradford Council does it not?
yep:Bulls got £200 k within days: a tourist centre visited by millions a year gets nowt. Sums up Bradford Council does it not? tyker7745
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