Halifax MP Holly Lynch has slammed government Ministers who she says have visited Eureka for electioneering purposes but consistently ignored her pleas for the museum to be properly funded.
Minister Michael Ellis MP was shown around the children’s museum earlier this week. Holly has now written to him in frustration asking why her pleas for funding continue to fall on deaf ears, and has asked that the issue is revisited following this latest visit.
She argues that whilst the entrance fee of £12.95 for adults and children over the age of 3 is currently necessary to keep the museum going, it is also potentially a barrier for low income parents, particularly if they have large families.
“Eureka is a fantastic attraction, combining a great day out with an educational experience for all the family. But despite being classed as a ‘national’ museum, it receives no day-to-day funding from central Government.
“Two years ago I asked for the situation to be reviewed to ensure that as many families as possible can enjoy Eureka without the barrier of an entrance fee.
“Eureka’s CEO and I met with then Culture Minister Matt Hancock who listened and was invited to visit the museum. He agreed to consider our suggestion and respond in writing.
“Despite chasing a response, we never did hear back him, yet he did find time to visit Eureka during last year’s snap general election when Halifax was a key seat for the Conservatives. He spoke of how great the museum is but, once again, avoided discussing any funding.
“Following this latest Ministerial visit I am determined that the government reconsiders the matter so that children of all economic backgrounds can enjoy this wonderful facility.”