Worcester MEP Jim Carver is urging the Ministry of Defence to re-consider its budget cuts which have placed the county’s regimental museum in jeopardy.
The MoD has decided to stop giving the museum £20,000 a year funding from April which means an uncertain future.
“This is bad news for both the museum and for Worcester itself,” said Mr Carver, UKIP Euro-MP.
The museum is within Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum, in Foregate Street, and the accompanying archives are in the Army Reserve Centre, in Pheasant Street. The collection includes material from the old Worcestershire Regiment which amalgamated with other regiments to become the Mercian Regiment.
“I understand about 15,000 visitors go to the museum each year and others visit the archives for research purposes. It would be a great loss if the plans to end its financial support place it in jeopardy,” said Mr Carver, UKIP Euro-MP.
“I would hope that the MoD will reconsider the matter but as I sadly do not hold out a great deal of hope on that front then urgent thought must be given to new ways to help the museum support itself.
“We forget the history of our brave Armed Forces at our peril,” he added.