Campaign to #SaveMOSI gets Manchester mobilised
Posted By Lucy
When it was announced at the start of June that Manchester’s landmark Museum of Science and Industry could face closure if the Government cuts funding to its operator, the Science Museum Group, the reaction online showed social media at its best.
Whilst traditional media broke the story in the north – with the Manchester Evening News splashing on the proposals and the regional broadcast programmes both featuring the piece – the real canvassing of grassroots support happened online.
A #SaveMOSI hashtag began circulating on Twitter that day, spawning tweets from across the country and trending in Manchester. A @savemosi account spearheaded a push for retweets, while a dedicated microsite, www.savemosi.org, was set up to provide full details of the consultation.
Support came from famous faces including Professor Brian Cox, political figures and parties and other Manchester institutions such as Jodrell Bank. But the main thrust of the campaign was driven by ordinary people impassioned about saving one of their city’s key attractions. Not to mention Peppermint Soda’s very own Lucy Wray, whose September wedding is due to take place within MOSI’s historic walls!
More than a week since the story broke, the #SaveMOSI campaign is still running strong. Upwards of 30,000 people have signed the Manchester Evening News’ petition to keep the museum open and news coverage has been seen across the country.
The Government spending review is on 26 June – let’s hope that the huge ground swell of local support for one of Manchester’s landmark museums falls on listening ears.