Glusburn Oscar-winning screenwriter Simon Beaufoy is backing the campaign to save Bradford’s National Media Museum.

The winner of a Golden Globe and a BAFTA for Slumdog Millionaire has fond recollections of his first trip there as a child.

He said: “I remember seeing the National Media Museum, or National Museum of Film and Photography as it was then, an amazing, sleek building standing above what I thought then to be a very old-fashioned and uninspiring city.

“This was like no museum I had ever been in. Not only could I touch the exhibits, I became part of them, made programmes, played cameraman, took photographs of myself in stupid poses. It was way ahead of its time.

“I cannot imagine the city without it. It would be an act of despair to deprive Bradford of one its most significant assets.”

The museum is threatened because of Government cuts.