Responding to the decision of the Science Museum Group Board of Trustees to continue with the transfer of the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) Collection from Bradford to London, Bradford South MP, Judith Cummins says:
“I’m devastated by the decision to arrogantly push ahead with the transfer of the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) Collection to the V&A in London.
“It’s frankly a complete disgrace that the Science Museum Group have totally ignored the deafening reaction of over 27,000 people who signed the petition calling for the transfer to be stopped.
“They’ve also completely ignored the significant concerns expressed by myself and my fellow Bradford MPs. Worse still we now know that even more items are under threat!
“If the board of trustees persist in running rough-shod over the legitimate fears and wishes of local people they can expect a significant backlash.
“We’re faced with an elite group of unrepresentative trustees, who have absolutely no link, no understanding and no affinity to Bradford or the wider region.
“The trustees aren’t democratically accountable and can frankly do whatever they like, over two hundred miles away in the leafy suburbs of South Kensington in London.
“This isn’t fair and it isn’t right and I intend to fight it all the way.
“My next step will be to meet personally with the Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy next week, where I will ask him to intervene in the decision to transfer the RPS collection. I’ll also call on him to take immediate steps to ensure greater transparency in decision making and that the diversity of the board of trustees is examined to allow for much greater local accountability.
“I’ll also be liaising with 38 degrees and the 27,000 individuals who signed the petition to plan the next steps in our campaign”.