The National Media Museum (NMM) – whose trustees include Bond film producer and photo collector Michael G Wilson ? has received Government approval to open a base in London, Amateur Photographer has learnt.

A spokesperson for the Bradford-based museum said this afternoon: ?We have received approval from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) for this project.?

Last night, Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt told the BBC?s Newsnight that ?none? of the DCMS’s budgets are protected in light of the cutbacks expected to be outlined by the new Government.

Asked whether the museum is concerned that any cutbacks may scupper the London plan, the spokesperson told us: ?We are continuing to follow our fundraising strategy which is not reliant on Government funding, so be assured we will be in touch as and when it?s appropriate.?

The NMM has yet to reveal the proposed location of its London outpost but it is widely believed to be the Science Museum.