‘Deep concern’ about museum

A unique museum, exhibition and art deco cinema are in urgent need of a new home.

The Projected Picture Trust – set up in 1978 to preserve, renovate and exhibit old still and movie equipment – has been based at Bletchley Park since the late 1990s. But now it’s surplus to requirements and has been asked to move by December.

PPT chairman Peter Knight said: “We no longer fit with Bletchley Park Trust’s strategy which I understand and get completely.

“We’ve been very lucky in that we’ve not paid rent over all that time.

“But we’re a very small charity and finding new premises in this area is incredibly difficult. It’s such a good location and the cost of floor space is astronomical.

“We’re quite a specialist organisation and not strong enough to exist on our own, so ideally we’d like to be in partnership with another museum or something like that where we can enhance what they already offer.”

He added: “We need approximately 2,500 sq ft to house a 30 seat art deco cinema, projection room and exhibition space.

“And it’s not just about finding somewhere that works, it’s also the the actual physical move.

“We don’t have any paid or full time staff and most of our volunteers are of post-retirement age.

“When we transferred our large storage facility from Bletchley Park to Halifax a year ago, we needed two articluated lorries and seven vans.

“I’d like to say I’m optimistic about the future but I’m not – I’m deeply concerned.”

The PPT was set up by Charles Beddow of the now defunct MOMI (Museum of the Moving Image). He recognised that old projectors were being thrown out and created the Trust to ensure that some of this unique equipment would be preserved for future generations.

> If you can help, call Peter on 07747 193447 or email contact@ppttrust.org