What Price our Science and Technology Heritage?

It’s all about funding.  It seems that the science group of museums is too big to sustain so one of them may have to close.  In the firing line is the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Manchester.

It is right that all organisations should justify their existence and prove their worth, but why must we measure this worth in just monetary value?  What price can you put on inspiration?  What value is there in the practical demonstration of science and technology and the train of thought that sparks new creativity and innovation?

The Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, the National Media Museum in Bradford and National Railway Museum in York are living celebrations of the innovations that made modern Britain.   The automatic assumption that one of these museums should be closed is wrong.

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Financial engineering in the City of London will not get us out of our economic mess.  More inspired innovation in the real economy in rest of the UK will.  Let’s celebrate innovation, technology and real wealth creation in the places where it began and where it will rise again.

As a PR company promoting engineering, construction and technology companies we declare our self interest in this post.  Clients like Street Crane Company and Wallwork Heat Treatment / Tecvac are what the real economy needs.  A visit to MOSI by the child with an open mind could just provide the seed of inspiration for that future engineer who advances the future of industry and the UK’s prosperity.

We feel passionately that these vital resources must all be retained, enhanced and exploited fully.  If you agree with us sign the Manchester Evening News petition at http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/petition-save-museum-science-industry-4050167.

Kevin Ainsworth, Partner, Ainsworth Maguire Public Relations

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