Acting stars speak out against threat to Media Museum and join T&A campaign

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One of Britain’s legendary leading actors and major international film star John Hurt has told of his distress and sadness at the threatened closure of the National Media Museum.

Mr Hurt, recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2010 Bradford International Film Festival, joined Monty Python star Terry Jones in criticising the moves to potentially close the museum in the face of drastic Government funding cuts and backed the Telegraph & Argus campaign to save it.

The stars are part of a growing chorus of celebrities, film experts and business leaders joining the T&A campaign to save the museum, which is under threat along with the National Rail Museum in York and the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester after parent group, the Science Museum Group, warned that one could close if a spending review this month proved one cut too many.

It is believed a final decision on the museum’s future will be made by the autumn.

The National Media Museum contributes more than £24 million a year to the Bradford economy in purchases made by museum visitors in local cafes and shops across the city. It provides about 100 jobs which add an extra £3.7 million to the city’s economy.

Mr Hurt was told the news while he was on his way to Budapest and sent the following message.

“I am shocked to hear of the possible closure of the National Media Museum in Bradford, the world’s first Unesco City of Film,” he said.

“The continuation of the Bradford Film Festival, now in it’s 20th year and established as an important event on the international film calender, would also be under threat.

“It is deeply distressing that despite this worldwide recognition, at a national level there is still reluctance to acknowledge the importance of preserving our cultural heritage of which film and television are an enormous part.

“I am saddened for the world community of film makers and for the city of Bradford which would be hugely affected by the loss of such a significant asset.”

The double Oscar-nominated star of films such as Midnight Express, The Elephant Man, The Naked Civil Servant and 1984, added: “Bradford is a natural place to have a film festival, especially as it has got more cosmopolitan.”

In the past few years Mr Hurt has demonstrated his support for Bradford. He readily agreed to play a part in a stage adaptation of George Orwell’s novel 1984, put on by Bradford theatre company Paper Zoo in June 2009.

Fellow actor Terry Jones added: “The threat to close the National Media Museum in Bradford is a threat too far.

“We should fight it and try to keep the National Media Museum open for all.”

He backed the T&A’s campaign and urged others to do their bit to Stop the Cut.

Meanwhile, Bradford-born blues guitarist and singer-songwriter John Verity added: “Where’s all that spirit gone, the spirit that I saw in 1985 after the Bradford City fire?”

John, who in his career played with Jimi Hendrix, Ringo Starr, Janis Joplin, and Argent, was instrumental in organising the fire disaster fundraising concert at St George’s Hall. He also sang on Gerry Marsden’s fundraising record You’ll Never Walk Alone.

“It doesn’t make sense, that’s my gut feeling. Bradford is not a backwater. It’s a special place. I was really proud of the way people reacted after the fire, people who had nothing gave everything. That’s the spirit I’m talking about,” he added.

“The Museum is a special place and it should be staying in Bradford. I do a lot of travelling and when people find out I’m from Bradford they invariably mention the museum. It’s a positive thing they say about Bradford which is nice to hear. I will do whatever I can to support the campaign,” he added.

Former Coronation Street actor Steve Huison called the museum the “jewel in Bradford’s crown”.

“It puts us on the map,” Mr Huison added. “But what sickens me the most about it is the fact that again services are being taken away by this Government.

“Who has to pay? The working class people in places like Bradford. Deplete the North and make it a barren wasteland. It isn’t a white elephant, there are excellent resources there for everybody.”

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8:19am Sat 8 Jun 13

Avro says...

Talk is cheap, why don't you stars dig deep and actually put something into the pot to save it from the chop?!
Talk is cheap, why don't you stars dig deep and actually put something into the pot to save it from the chop?! Avro

9:01am Sat 8 Jun 13

bcfc1903 says...

Avro wrote:
Talk is cheap, why don't you stars dig deep and actually put something into the pot to save it from the chop?!
Good to know a massive talent like John Hurt still has time to back the saving of the Media Museum, Thanks John. Some excellent support also from Terry Jones and John Verity...John who is of course a great blues/rock guitarist from Bradford. Thankyou to all the artists both national and local who are backing this campaign.
[quote][p][bold]Avro[/bold] wrote: Talk is cheap, why don't you stars dig deep and actually put something into the pot to save it from the chop?![/p][/quote]Good to know a massive talent like John Hurt still has time to back the saving of the Media Museum, Thanks John. Some excellent support also from Terry Jones and John Verity...John who is of course a great blues/rock guitarist from Bradford. Thankyou to all the artists both national and local who are backing this campaign. bcfc1903

9:03am Sat 8 Jun 13

bcfc1903 says...

Good to know a massive talent like John Hurt still has time to back the saving of the Media Museum, Thanks John. Some excellent support also from Terry Jones and John Verity...John who is of course a great blues/rock guitarist from Bradford. Thankyou to all the artists both national and local who are backing this campaign.”
Good to know a massive talent like John Hurt still has time to back the saving of the Media Museum, Thanks John. Some excellent support also from Terry Jones and John Verity...John who is of course a great blues/rock guitarist from Bradford. Thankyou to all the artists both national and local who are backing this campaign.” bcfc1903

10:03am Sat 8 Jun 13

Mr Lawn says...

I am a big supporter of this campaign! This museum must stay open for the good of Bradford.
I am a big supporter of this campaign! This museum must stay open for the good of Bradford. Mr Lawn

10:24am Sat 8 Jun 13

vax2002 says...

It could stay open, IF they remove the executive pay structures.
Like all public money funded ventures it has become infested by executive pay leaches.
The people running this simple visitors attraction are earning more than the prime minister, then they want Us to tell them why they can not balance the books any more.
I thought they got executive pay because they are "the best" yet they are incapable of balancing the budget ??
These executives need to be removed and employ a manager to run the place, just like any private sector would.
If they are incapable hand it over to a private company, but they will never do that because the first thing to go will be the six figure pay cheques.
The Problem is the solution.
They are paying out more than is coming in, any fool can see this.
They will chip and cut at the bottom wage earners whilst sitting aloft on these stupid guardian job executive pay rates.
Bring in the independent auditors, they will balance the budget of this simple attraction in half an hour.
T+A get in at them with a FIO and get the pay rates, remember the executives pay will be hidden in a parent company and expenses sheet.
It could stay open, IF they remove the executive pay structures. Like all public money funded ventures it has become infested by executive pay leaches. The people running this simple visitors attraction are earning more than the prime minister, then they want Us to tell them why they can not balance the books any more. I thought they got executive pay because they are "the best" yet they are incapable of balancing the budget ?? These executives need to be removed and employ a manager to run the place, just like any private sector would. If they are incapable hand it over to a private company, but they will never do that because the first thing to go will be the six figure pay cheques. The Problem is the solution. They are paying out more than is coming in, any fool can see this. They will chip and cut at the bottom wage earners whilst sitting aloft on these stupid guardian job executive pay rates. Bring in the independent auditors, they will balance the budget of this simple attraction in half an hour. T+A get in at them with a FIO and get the pay rates, remember the executives pay will be hidden in a parent company and expenses sheet. vax2002

10:50am Sat 8 Jun 13

edwardgrant76 says...

It would help if this page could be 'shared' to Facebook rather than 'sent' to Facebook.
It would help if this page could be 'shared' to Facebook rather than 'sent' to Facebook. edwardgrant76

11:38am Sat 8 Jun 13

The Hoffster says...

vax2002 wrote:
It could stay open, IF they remove the executive pay structures.
Like all public money funded ventures it has become infested by executive pay leaches.
The people running this simple visitors attraction are earning more than the prime minister, then they want Us to tell them why they can not balance the books any more.
I thought they got executive pay because they are "the best" yet they are incapable of balancing the budget ??
These executives need to be removed and employ a manager to run the place, just like any private sector would.
If they are incapable hand it over to a private company, but they will never do that because the first thing to go will be the six figure pay cheques.
The Problem is the solution.
They are paying out more than is coming in, any fool can see this.
They will chip and cut at the bottom wage earners whilst sitting aloft on these stupid guardian job executive pay rates.
Bring in the independent auditors, they will balance the budget of this simple attraction in half an hour.
T+A get in at them with a FIO and get the pay rates, remember the executives pay will be hidden in a parent company and expenses sheet.
Well said.
[quote][p][bold]vax2002[/bold] wrote: It could stay open, IF they remove the executive pay structures. Like all public money funded ventures it has become infested by executive pay leaches. The people running this simple visitors attraction are earning more than the prime minister, then they want Us to tell them why they can not balance the books any more. I thought they got executive pay because they are "the best" yet they are incapable of balancing the budget ?? These executives need to be removed and employ a manager to run the place, just like any private sector would. If they are incapable hand it over to a private company, but they will never do that because the first thing to go will be the six figure pay cheques. The Problem is the solution. They are paying out more than is coming in, any fool can see this. They will chip and cut at the bottom wage earners whilst sitting aloft on these stupid guardian job executive pay rates. Bring in the independent auditors, they will balance the budget of this simple attraction in half an hour. T+A get in at them with a FIO and get the pay rates, remember the executives pay will be hidden in a parent company and expenses sheet.[/p][/quote]Well said. The Hoffster

6:48pm Sat 8 Jun 13

webess says...

vax2002 wrote:
It could stay open, IF they remove the executive pay structures.
Like all public money funded ventures it has become infested by executive pay leaches.
The people running this simple visitors attraction are earning more than the prime minister, then they want Us to tell them why they can not balance the books any more.
I thought they got executive pay because they are "the best" yet they are incapable of balancing the budget ??
These executives need to be removed and employ a manager to run the place, just like any private sector would.
If they are incapable hand it over to a private company, but they will never do that because the first thing to go will be the six figure pay cheques.
The Problem is the solution.
They are paying out more than is coming in, any fool can see this.
They will chip and cut at the bottom wage earners whilst sitting aloft on these stupid guardian job executive pay rates.
Bring in the independent auditors, they will balance the budget of this simple attraction in half an hour.
T+A get in at them with a FIO and get the pay rates, remember the executives pay will be hidden in a parent company and expenses sheet.
Very true and a couple more questions need asking.

(1) How much is the Science Museums site in South Ken worth on the open market?

(2) How come funds were available in 1983 to not only run the media museum, but build it during an even deeper recession that today?
[quote][p][bold]vax2002[/bold] wrote: It could stay open, IF they remove the executive pay structures. Like all public money funded ventures it has become infested by executive pay leaches. The people running this simple visitors attraction are earning more than the prime minister, then they want Us to tell them why they can not balance the books any more. I thought they got executive pay because they are "the best" yet they are incapable of balancing the budget ?? These executives need to be removed and employ a manager to run the place, just like any private sector would. If they are incapable hand it over to a private company, but they will never do that because the first thing to go will be the six figure pay cheques. The Problem is the solution. They are paying out more than is coming in, any fool can see this. They will chip and cut at the bottom wage earners whilst sitting aloft on these stupid guardian job executive pay rates. Bring in the independent auditors, they will balance the budget of this simple attraction in half an hour. T+A get in at them with a FIO and get the pay rates, remember the executives pay will be hidden in a parent company and expenses sheet.[/p][/quote]Very true and a couple more questions need asking. (1) How much is the Science Museums site in South Ken worth on the open market? (2) How come funds were available in 1983 to not only run the media museum, but build it during an even deeper recession that today? webess

10:21pm Sat 8 Jun 13

Avro says...

bcfc1903 wrote:
Avro wrote:
Talk is cheap, why don't you stars dig deep and actually put something into the pot to save it from the chop?!
Good to know a massive talent like John Hurt still has time to back the saving of the Media Museum, Thanks John. Some excellent support also from Terry Jones and John Verity...John who is of course a great blues/rock guitarist from Bradford. Thankyou to all the artists both national and local who are backing this campaign.
Just a shame only 200 turned up at todays gathering, which is utterly shameful considering the population size of Bradford, and that the weather could not have been better for a mass turnout rather than what amounted to a gathering of Galloway supporters!
[quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Avro[/bold] wrote: Talk is cheap, why don't you stars dig deep and actually put something into the pot to save it from the chop?![/p][/quote]Good to know a massive talent like John Hurt still has time to back the saving of the Media Museum, Thanks John. Some excellent support also from Terry Jones and John Verity...John who is of course a great blues/rock guitarist from Bradford. Thankyou to all the artists both national and local who are backing this campaign.[/p][/quote]Just a shame only 200 turned up at todays gathering, which is utterly shameful considering the population size of Bradford, and that the weather could not have been better for a mass turnout rather than what amounted to a gathering of Galloway supporters! Avro

11:31pm Sat 8 Jun 13

israrzahir says...

John Hurt is a legend.
John Hurt is a legend. israrzahir

12:03am Sun 9 Jun 13

bcfc1903 says...

Avro wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
Avro wrote:
Talk is cheap, why don't you stars dig deep and actually put something into the pot to save it from the chop?!
Good to know a massive talent like John Hurt still has time to back the saving of the Media Museum, Thanks John. Some excellent support also from Terry Jones and John Verity...John who is of course a great blues/rock guitarist from Bradford. Thankyou to all the artists both national and local who are backing this campaign.
Just a shame only 200 turned up at todays gathering, which is utterly shameful considering the population size of Bradford, and that the weather could not have been better for a mass turnout rather than what amounted to a gathering of Galloway supporters!
Whether you think it's shameful doesn't matter in the great scheme of things does it, what matters is how many sign the petition and whether that will make a difference. Hopefully it will and this is all so much hot air. It seemed like thousands were shopping in Bradford which has to be a good thing, Kirkgate was absolutely rammed.
[quote][p][bold]Avro[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Avro[/bold] wrote: Talk is cheap, why don't you stars dig deep and actually put something into the pot to save it from the chop?![/p][/quote]Good to know a massive talent like John Hurt still has time to back the saving of the Media Museum, Thanks John. Some excellent support also from Terry Jones and John Verity...John who is of course a great blues/rock guitarist from Bradford. Thankyou to all the artists both national and local who are backing this campaign.[/p][/quote]Just a shame only 200 turned up at todays gathering, which is utterly shameful considering the population size of Bradford, and that the weather could not have been better for a mass turnout rather than what amounted to a gathering of Galloway supporters![/p][/quote]Whether you think it's shameful doesn't matter in the great scheme of things does it, what matters is how many sign the petition and whether that will make a difference. Hopefully it will and this is all so much hot air. It seemed like thousands were shopping in Bradford which has to be a good thing, Kirkgate was absolutely rammed. bcfc1903

12:06am Sun 9 Jun 13

bcfc1903 says...

The gatheing was far from all George Galloway supporters, who made a fine speech by the way.
The gatheing was far from all George Galloway supporters, who made a fine speech by the way. bcfc1903

12:09am Sun 9 Jun 13

bcfc1903 says...

israrzahir wrote:
John Hurt is a legend.
Well said, John's a class act.
[quote][p][bold]israrzahir[/bold] wrote: John Hurt is a legend.[/p][/quote]Well said, John's a class act. bcfc1903

9:24am Sun 9 Jun 13

Avro says...

bcfc1903 wrote:
Avro wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
Avro wrote:
Talk is cheap, why don't you stars dig deep and actually put something into the pot to save it from the chop?!
Good to know a massive talent like John Hurt still has time to back the saving of the Media Museum, Thanks John. Some excellent support also from Terry Jones and John Verity...John who is of course a great blues/rock guitarist from Bradford. Thankyou to all the artists both national and local who are backing this campaign.
Just a shame only 200 turned up at todays gathering, which is utterly shameful considering the population size of Bradford, and that the weather could not have been better for a mass turnout rather than what amounted to a gathering of Galloway supporters!
Whether you think it's shameful doesn't matter in the great scheme of things does it, what matters is how many sign the petition and whether that will make a difference. Hopefully it will and this is all so much hot air. It seemed like thousands were shopping in Bradford which has to be a good thing, Kirkgate was absolutely rammed.
Yes, rammed with knuckledraggers!

Reno, Mr Bradford and Bradfordian are just a few of the usernames you use to spout the same old council driven crap!

Puss in boots supporters will suport anything because they have no mind of their own, just a shame his speeches never amount to anything other than wind!
[quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Avro[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Avro[/bold] wrote: Talk is cheap, why don't you stars dig deep and actually put something into the pot to save it from the chop?![/p][/quote]Good to know a massive talent like John Hurt still has time to back the saving of the Media Museum, Thanks John. Some excellent support also from Terry Jones and John Verity...John who is of course a great blues/rock guitarist from Bradford. Thankyou to all the artists both national and local who are backing this campaign.[/p][/quote]Just a shame only 200 turned up at todays gathering, which is utterly shameful considering the population size of Bradford, and that the weather could not have been better for a mass turnout rather than what amounted to a gathering of Galloway supporters![/p][/quote]Whether you think it's shameful doesn't matter in the great scheme of things does it, what matters is how many sign the petition and whether that will make a difference. Hopefully it will and this is all so much hot air. It seemed like thousands were shopping in Bradford which has to be a good thing, Kirkgate was absolutely rammed.[/p][/quote]Yes, rammed with knuckledraggers! Reno, Mr Bradford and Bradfordian are just a few of the usernames you use to spout the same old council driven crap! Puss in boots supporters will suport anything because they have no mind of their own, just a shame his speeches never amount to anything other than wind! Avro

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