Friday 9 May 2014

Natural History Museum receives £5m donation

The Natural History Museum's Central Hall is to be renamed following a £5m donation from philanthropists Sir Michael and Lady Hintze.

The gift from the London-based couple is the biggest single donation the museum has received in its 133 years.

To mark it, the museum's cathedral-like hall, which houses a huge replica dinosaur skeleton of a Diplodocus, is to be renamed the Hintze Hall.

The money will be used for scientific research and to maintain collections.

The museum, which attracted 5.3 million visitors last year, said it had received seven-figure gifts and donations from individuals before, but had seen nothing on this scale.

Sir Michael, the founder of asset management firm CQS and a Conservative party donor, said it was a privilege to donate the funds.

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