New funding cuts threaten the future of the National Media Museum, home to an historic collection that includes the oldest surviving negative by photography inventor Fox Talbot, it is claimed.

The museum, based in Bradford, West Yorkshire faces a ‘potentially devastating £900,000 budget shortfall,’ according to a report in local newspaper the Telegraph and Argus.

The news comes less than a year since the Government signalled that the museum had been saved from an earlier budget crisis.

Bradford South MP Gerry Sutcliffe told the Telegraph and Argus: ‘The future of the museum is again in jeopardy, because it faces a potential revenue shortfall of £900,000 a year.

‘That means we need to work with the Science Museum Group, the Government and the Council to find a way forward.’

However, a museum spokesman today told Amateur Photographer that the cut is ‘not a new budget reduction’.

But the spokesman refused to comment on what was discussed at a recent meeting with MPs.

In 2012, the NMM launched a spending review as part of a restructure designed to cut running costs after visitor numbers halved over the previous 10 years.

On Tuesday, a spokesman told AP it had no further news to report on the museum’s ongoing restructure.

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