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4 November 2014

Imperial War Museum staff launch petition to save its library and services
The Imperial War Museum’s Prospect union branch today launched a petition calling on the government to reverse a £4m cut in annual funding, which has left it facing the closure of its unique library and the loss of 80 jobs, just months after the fanfare of IWM London’s reopening following a £40m refurbishment.

The move comes as the museum – the world’s leading authority on conflict – plays its part in marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

When Prime minister David Cameron reopened the museum in July 2014 he said “When I launched our plans for the First World War centenary, I said that the renovated Imperial War Museum would be the centrepiece of our commemorations. And what a fitting centrepiece this is – a national focal point in which we can all take great pride.

“You have created something fitting and lasting – something of which we can all be proud.”

Prospect negotiator Andy Bye said: “Closing IWM’s library is not a fitting way to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. IWM aspires to be a highly respected authority on its subject matter, but this will be impossible without a library.”

IWM London’s library acquired its first item in 1917 and has been a vital part of the museum ever since, playing a key role in helping staff do their jobs whether curating exhibitions or helping them to understand and identify artefacts. It also provides members of the public with access to research materials.

The closure has also been proposed of the ever-popular Explore History facility in London. Open seven days a week it allows the public to explore IWM’s collections and find out about objects and subjects not on display. It attracted 55,000 visitors last year.

School educational visits, led by museum and education professionals, to IWM branches at Duxford, HMS Belfast and the Churchill War Rooms are yet another service under threat.

The possibility of closures and cuts comes at a time when demand for all the museum’s services has never been higher: the IWM attracted 433,000 learners in 2013-14 and 256,000 children took part in its on and off-site educational programmes.

“Prospect fears this is only the start and that further damaging cuts are likely,” added Andy.

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The prime minister’s speech is at


For further information contact:

Andy Bye

020 7902 6649 (w)

07770 304473 (m)

[email protected]

Andrew Child

020 7902 6681 (w)

[email protected]

Notes to Editors

Prospect represents 115,000 members in the public and private sectors working as engineers, scientists, managers and specialists in areas as diverse as agriculture, communications, defence, energy, environment, heritage, industry and transport. It is the largest union in the UK representing professional engineers. It has over 30,000 members working for Government departments, agencies and non-departmental public bodies.
Signed and promulgated through my Facebook Contacts list ... but it seems to have caused mega problems with several of my Facebook contacts who sent me e-mails asking if I had been hacked.

The "auto contact" approach from Facebook/ seems to have all the makings of a dodgy e-mail - perhaps could review how it is done to allay any future concerns (and possibly deliver a higher rate of return from "referrals".


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Have to say I'm not at all impressed with the website.

Now running at "1,569 supporters with 931 needed."

My guess is they probably make money by selling-on email addresses & facebook account details.
I have a FB contact list for family ONLY. If I didn't I would never have a clue what the kids were up to. My mistake was letting have access to my contacts to promote what I think is a worthy cause - won't do that again!
It's a pity that Change is running this campaign. Better that than bugger all, though. The key is to advertise this worthy cause by posting this RR Thread on your Faceache Page and not the Change source address; remembering, of course, to mark it "Public"

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