I have taken the liberty of borrowing this from another site because I hope it will be of interest to some:
The GM League Reports that The Imperial War Museum Library is Under Threat
One hundred years after the outbreak of the First World War, the Imperial War Museum is under threat. The Imperial War Museum has made a bizarre and, frankly, disgraceful decision to close its library and make all the library staff redundant as one of their proposed cuts to meet a £4M deficit. Chancellor of the Exchequer Rt. Hon. George Osborne MP and Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport Rt. Hon. Sajid Javid MP have put a bill before Parliament to cut back on funding for the IWM.
As a result the Museum is facing an annual deficit of £4m because of these cutbacks, and has thus drawn up proposals to:
• close its unique library and dispose of the majority of its collection
• cut important education services
• cut 60-80 library and related jobs
• close the widely emulated ‘Explore History’ facility in London.
Once the Library and its professional staff are gone, the damage will be done. It will be impossible to replace this unique collection of primary and secondary printed materials and the dedicated people who care for them and make them available to the public - both in person and remotely. The Research Room, available to all for more in-depth research, will continue to operate but at a reduced level, and without access to the disposed-of library materials. These materials are vital for providing context to personal papers and interviews and are the most commonly used items in the Research Room. The government and the museum are doing their best to keep this out of the news at the moment (IWM staff have been threatened with instant dismissal if they talk to the press), although thankfully in just one week it has already gone viral worldwide at this point.
Alan Borg, a former Director General of the Museum writes, “I am horrified by the suggestion that the Library might be closed and dispersed”. The IWM is probably the leading war museum in the world. For it to lose its library is unthinkable - and for such a move to be announced during the 100-year commemoration activities of World War I in 2014 beggars belief especially after the recently completed £40M renovation and upgrade of the museum. To dispose of historic evidence relating to the past wars would be a travesty. There is still so much to be researched and uncovered that we cannot imagine what we could be missing. We must save and protect this history!
There is a worldwide petition circulating to try to stop this senseless act of government and I urge you to take a minute to read about it and sign the petition. This email is being sent to all members and friends worldwide to inform you of this proposal by the Government.Please consider signing to show the British government and the IWM how valuable this resource is and how important it is that it should be saved. When the government wastes so much money in other areas, surely money can be found to continue the full operation of one of the world’s finest museums and collections of military history. I urge you to take a minute to read about it and sign the petition.
Click on the following link to read more and to sign the petition. https://www.change.org/p/rt-hon-george- ... -education
It will only take a few minutes to add your signature, there is no cost involved and thus we can hopefully help save a treasure that can never be replaced once it has been lost. Thank you for your support.