was a landmark year. The opening of Phase One of the Darwin
Centre has ushered in an exciting new era for the Natural
History Museum. Visitors
can now get closer to the collections and the scientists
who work alongside them, while our 22 million zoology specimens
have a home fit for the twenty-first century. We are looking
forward eagerly to the development of Phase Two, which will
complete this important mission.
with great pride that we welcomed Her Majesty The Queen
for the official opening of Phase One in October. The Darwin
Centre is the most important development the Museum has
undertaken since it was established at its present site
in 1881, and we believe that it sets new standards for natural
history museums everywhere. The success of Phase One is
a tribute to the professionalism and dedication of our staff.