The director of the group which runs Bradford’s National Media Museum will today speak about how Government funding cuts could affect the site amid fears it could close.

The Telegraph & Argus reported yesterday that Bradford Council leader Councillor David Green said he would lobby to secure more cash for the museum, which confirmed it was “assessing a range of ways” to balance its books in the face of budget cuts.

Today, Ian Blatchford, director of the Science Museums Group, which also runs the National Rail Museum in York and the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, will speak in London about why the science budget should be protected in George Osbourne’s spending review later this month.

All three museums are predominantly funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, but authorities in Bradford, York and Manchester want them transferred to the Department for Business.

Yesterday George Galloway (Respect, Bradford West) tabled a Parliamentary motion against potential funding cuts and wrote to Culture Secretary Maria Miller, Business Secretary Vince Cable and Communities Secretary Eric Pickles saying: “To threaten these museums with closure would be an act of the grossest philistinism, but it would also represent a policy clearly discriminating against the north of England.

“In addition, the closure or rundown of the National Media Museum in Bradford would deal a hammer blow to the efforts to revive a city centre that has been so badly blighted over the last few years.”

David Ward MP (Lib Dem, Bradford East) also spoke to Mr Cable on Monday night, asking him to support the site.