Denton and Reddish MP Andrew Gwynne has spoken in a Parliamentary debate in support of the Museum of Science and Industry, where he pressed Ministers about its future funding.
Previously there had been rumours from the Museum’s parent company, the Science Museum Group, that the future of MOSI was under threat due to problems with funding. This speculation was met with uproar from local residents and Greater Manchester politicians.
Andrew Gwynne has previously written to Maria Miller, the Culture Secretary, to call on her to ensure the Museum did not shut its doors.
In the debate Andrew outlined that he had first visited the museum as a 9 year old Cub Scout, and it still offers a very rewarding, free day out for families all across the North West, particularly at a time when family finances are stretched.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“It was very consensual debate and was good to receive assurances from the Minister on MOSI’s future. The shift in the Government’s stance is a testament to the massive campaign in Manchester.
“However, it was slightly illuminating that the Liberal Democrat MP for Manchester Withington appeared to be suggesting some sort of backdoor revenue raising from the museum’s visitors to help plug the financial deficit, something that I would never support.”
“Thankfully the Minister confirmed access to MOSI will remain free for all, but we must also guard against any back door charges – even of the relatively small sum of 80p per visitor, as suggested by the Lib Dems.”
“It is beyond argument that MOSI is a vital part of Manchester and provides cultural, educational and economic benefit across the whole North West Region. It is an invaluable part of the local and regional economy, attracting tourists and prestige, and supporting jobs. MOSI must remain open and it must remain free to get in to, so everyone can come and see the world-renowned collections.”
You can read the debate here