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Strong performances from the Museum's income-generating activities helped to secure a small increase in net available income to 39.0 million. Revenue from retailing rose by 36 per cent to 2.7 million, boosted by increased visitor numbers following the introduction of free entry.

Income from scientific activities rose by 21 per cent to 4.2 million. This includes funding from grant giving bodies (2.5 million), consultancy, publishing and other scientific services. The steady growth in grant income in recent years testifies to the quality of our research, and to our skills in fundraising in the increasingly competitive research marketplace. Income from sponsorship and donations fell, although we secured several substantial pledges during the year, notably for Phase Two of the Darwin Centre -- pledges are not accounted for as income until payment is received.

The membership scheme suffered a fall in revenue as a consequence of the introduction of free admission, while certain other trading activities, including licensing, conferencing and events, and travelling exhibitions, experienced difficult trading conditions.

Essential core expenditure in the visitor experience, building services and maintenance, science curation and research, and information technology, pushed up current expenditure to 32.7 million.
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