The Director of the Science Museum Group, the London-based body responsible for Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry, the National Railway Museum in York and Bradford’s National Media Museum, has confirmed that closing one of the three northern sites is a “real threat” ahead of another painful round of government spending cuts.

An initial budget reduction of 25% was imposed after the Coalition government’s election in 2010. But the next spending review, which will be announced at the end of the month, is expected to tighten funding by a further 10%.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s The World at One programme, Ian Blatchford said leaders were contemplating closing the doors to one of the venues “with a very heavy heart”.
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