Science Museum Group: Save the National Railway Museum (NRM)
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Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne MP

Science Museum Group: Save the National Railway Museum (NRM)

    1. Petition by

      Karen Lilliman

      United Kingdom

The forthcoming government cuts to the Science Museum Group's (SMG) annual funding will have a massive impact on the daily running of four of the UK's most visited Museums. Led by the Science Museum in London, the SMG also includes the National Railway Museum in York, the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester and the National Media Museum in Bradford.

Ian Blatchford, Director of the Science Museum Group has stated that a further 10% cut in funding in the next round of government spending proposals meant "almost certainly" one museum would shut.

The National Railway Museum is the largest railway museum in the world and is one of the most important educational facilities in the country, educating young and old on the history and future of the railways and their impact on science, technology and social change. York is a beautiful city with a very rich heritage including a well known connection with the railway industry. Tourism is at the heart of York's city economy and attracts visitors from around the world. Having a National Museum in York City Centre is a vital aspect of York's appeal to potential visitors. The idea that the National Railway Museum should close is ridiculous.

I, like many people from many generations, have visited the NRM and have been engaged in the social history of Britain and the impact that the railways have had on wider developments in science and industry, both locally in York and it's greater impact on the world. To close down an education facility so vital to our understanding of technological advancements would be depriving future generations of an engaging place to learn about the role of the North in the Social, Industrial and Scientific changes to the world.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 7,000 signatures
    2. Rally held to demonstrate support for our national museums!

      Karen Lilliman
      Petition Organizer

      On Saturday 15th June, a rally was held outside the National Railway Museum in York. The rally was called so that the community could show support for the campaign to save our national museums.
      With just two days notice, over 100 people attended the rally at which York Council Leader Cllr. James Alexander, Railway Chaplain Rev. Stephen Sorby and York MP Hugh Bayley addressed the crowd.
      The rally was covered by BBC and ITV regional news and a video of the event can be seen at
      The transcript of Rev. Stephen Sorby's speech is also online:
      After the rally Hugh Bayley pledged his support for the campaign and promised to continue to raise the issue in parliament.
      There are plans to raise this petition in the House of Commons where the government will have to respond. The date for this will be confirmed online.
      Thank you to everyone that continues to support the campaign!

    3. Reached 5,000 signatures
    4. Petition reaches 1000 signatures!

      Karen Lilliman
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you to everyone that has got behind the campaign to save the National Railway Museum from closure.
      The petition was launched on Wednesday (05/06/2013) following the BBC Radio 4 broadcast of an interview with SMG Director Ian Blatchford where he indicated that further funding cuts would "almost certainly" lead to the closure of one of the three northern museums

      This petition calls for the National Railway Museum to be saved from closure. But this is NOT a competition. All three museums should be saved from closure.

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    5. Reached 1,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Michael Orton LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      I remember my first visit as a small boy. My son isn't old enough yet to enjoy it or understand the importance of the exhibits, and won't be for several years!

      • about 1 year ago

      National treasure holding unique and treasured items.

    • Sally Bramson BELPER, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      Our railway heritage needs a focal point for future generations.

      • about 1 year ago

      I am a regular visitor to York and always appreciate the educational aspects of the NRM. Its loss to the Nation is unthinkable.

      • about 1 year ago

      Railway Enthusiast and campaigner for the preservation of Britain's Heritage.


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