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The government substantially cut funding for museums in 2013. They were faced with either closing one of their three northern museums (MOSI, the National Railway Museum or the National Media Museum) or making cost savings across the board. As part of a broader rationalisation, the National Media Museum rebranded as the National Science and Media Museum, cancelled the Bradford International Film Festival and transferred part of their collection to other museums or secure storage. As I understand it, they decided to refocus the museum on the scientific and technical aspects of the media for financial reasons. Technology companies are more generous sponsors of museums than the film industry, and it's easier to attract school groups to a museum with the word "science" in the name.
For what it's worth, I think they made the right decision. The most important aspects of the museum remain fully intact and they've managed to fund a brand new gallery and a substantial refurbishment of their archives.