Sources inside the museum’s parent company, the Science Museum Group, have claimed the future of the museum is under threat due to problems with funding.
The museum welcomed more than 839,000 visitors last year, and is highly regarded as a centre for industrial history. Speculation over its future has been met with uproar from local residents and Manchester politicians.
In the letter, Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“The acclaimed Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympics included a stunning segment on Britain’s development into the global power it is today.
“Danny Boyle was lauded for portraying the history of Britain not as a succession of monarchs, but as a land built by proud working men and women. Life during the Industrial Revolution may not have been pleasant for some, but it is just plain wrong to allow this history to be lost.
“The British people are incredibly proud of our free museums. I hope you will not allow this remarkable museum to shut its doors forever.”
Commenting on the speculation, Mr Gwynne said:
“I hope Tory funding cuts to culture will not result in the closure of this outstanding Manchester institution.
“I have enjoyed taking my kids to the museum for years, and it would be a tragedy were it to close. I really hope Maria Miller takes my advice and steps in to save it.”