Petition update

Update, 27 November 2014

Andy Bye
Prospect, United Kingdom

Nov 27, 2014 — Thank you
Thank you to the 11,000+ supporters who have signed this petition to date or made a donation to IWM. Prospect members at the Imperial War Museum have been heartened by your fantastic support. Please keep spreading the word to encourage as many people as possible to sign – we would like to reach 20,000 before Chancellor George Osborne makes his Autumn Statement to Parliament on Wednesday 3 December.

What Prospect is doing
Prospect has written to all members of the House of Commons culture, media and sport select committee calling for an inquiry into the museum’s proposals. We will also be writing to all MPs in the next few days seeking support for an inquiry and an Early Day Motion on the IWM cuts.

Links to leaflet, poster and paper petition
You can find a poster, an A5 leaflet and a paper version of the petition at http://bit.ly/IWM_info.
The direct links are:
Leaflet – https://library.prospect.org.uk//download/2014/01423
Poster – https://library.prospect.org.uk//download/2014/01524
Paper petition – https://library.prospect.org.uk//download/2014/01424
Please pass these links on to supporters and potential supporters. If you would like hard copies, please contact Sarah Powell at Prospect (sarah.powell@prospect.org.uk).

What else can you do to help?
If you can, please write to your elected representative. Find them and their contact details at:
http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps/
http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/msps.aspx
http://www.assembly.wales/en/memhome/Pages/memhome.aspx

Write to:
• your local papers
• The Imperial War Museum’s trustees – if possible before they meet on December 3, 2014. You can find their details at www.iwm.org.uk/corporate/trustees/current-trustees
• The Prime Minister, The Rt Hon David Cameron MP, 10 Downing Street, London SW1A 2AA
• The Chancellor of the Exchequer, HM Treasury, 1 Horse Guards Road, London SW1A 2HQ
• The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA

Consider making a small donation to IWM at https://www.justgiving.com/iwm/ highlighting Prospect’s petition and your opposition to the cuts.

Media coverage
Here are a few links to the media coverage we have received to date:
Imperial War Museum library closure petition launched
www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-29966987
Duxford Imperial War Museum proposes education cutbacks www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-30053234
Imperial War Museum library petition gathers strength
www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/culturenews/11220249/Imperial-War-Museum-library-petition-gathers-strength.html
Letters to the Daily Telegraph
www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/letters/11217060/Dont-forget-the-sacrifices-made-by-women-on-the-home-front.html
www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/letters/11248949/Letters-A-Torys-vote-for-Ukip-could-mean-propping-up-Labour-with-the-SNP.html
FT£ Experts attack Imperial War Museum cuts
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/2c1d49f8-6bfa-11e4-b939-00144feabdc0.html#axzz3K0higctY
The Bookseller
www.thebookseller.com/news/imperial-war-museum-library-threatened-closure
www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/7959
Museums Journal
www.museumsassociation.org/museums-journal/news/19112014-parliamentary-scrutiny-iwm-library?utm_source=ma&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=19112014


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