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We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to keep the National Football Museum in Preston. More details
Submitted by Lancashire Evening Post of Lancashire Evening Post – Deadline to sign up by: 30 November 2009 – Signatures: 3,581
Preston is at the risk of losing its iconic football museum to Manchester. The National Football Museum could be forced to move from its home on Sir Tom Finney Way, Deepdale, to Manchester due to a lack of funding. The museum has been based in Preston since it was opened in 2001 thanks to a multi-million pound lottery grant. Deepdale was chosen as home to the museum as it is one of the most deprived areas in the region. So far the museum has attracted hundreds of thousands of people through its doors, meeting all visitor targets.
In autumn 2009, the trustees of the National Football Museum chose to enter into a partnership with Manchester City Council to relocate the museum to the Urbis Centre in Manchester.
Decisions on the future of the Museum are for the trustees only and the Government is unable to intervene. This partnership has secured the long-term funding of £2m per year to the museum, plus costs to cover the move and a new interpretation and display of the collection. Whilst the move away from Preston is regrettable in view of its long-standing association with football, the Government welcomes the fact that the Museum will at some point soon continue to showcase the history of football for many years to come.
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