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27,000 reject relocation of the Royal Photography Society’s collection from Bradford to London

Over 27,000 38 Degrees members have signed a petition against the move of the Royal Photography Collection from Bradford’s National Media Museum to the V&A in London.

Bradford South MP Judith Cummins and some of these 27,000 38 Degrees members delivered the petition to museum representatives at the headquarters of the Science Museum Group in London ahead of the crunch national board meeting today, that will ultimately decide the fate of the collection.

Campaigners are expecting Ian Blatchford to stop the move of the collection from Bradford to the wealthier capital, and halt further plans to ‘downgrade’ this national museum. [1]

Petition starter Neville Walker said:

“The imbalance in cultural spending between London and the rest of the UK is inexcusable as it is. This move will only exacerbate that imbalance. The UK’s national collections are supposed to be or the benefit of all its citizens, not just the minority who live in London and the South East.”

A recent report by the Museums Association revealed that nearly one in five regional museums has closed a part or branch of their museum to the public in the last year, or plans such a closure in the year to come.

There are massive geographic differences in funding from Arts Council England. Last year, Yorkshire received £11.46 per person compared to £33.77 in the capital.

Bradford South MP Judith Cummins said:

“I’ll be meeting with Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy next week to discuss the future of the National Media Museum and my concerns about the growing disparity between the north and south in arts and culture funding.

“If the Government is really serious about a Northern Powerhouse then it needs to take action to address this divide and take measures to distribute funding more equitably”.

“I’ll continue to fight for the future of Bradford’s National Media Museum and continue to fight to preserve our rich cultural heritage. Our museum must remain a national museum and a beacon for culture in the North for future generations.”

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