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Specimens of tropical periwinkles from the Museum's collection.  A group of Museum scientists led by Dr David Reid has produced a phylogeny for all 60 worldwide species of Echinolittorina.Specimens of tropical periwinkles from the Museum's collection.  A group of Museum scientists led by Dr David Reid has produced a phylogeny for all 60 worldwide species of Echinolittorina.


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2002/03 Highlights
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Reaching out Meeting the challenges

Our collections and the scientific work that they support have never been more important than they are today, in spite of the shortfall in funding that the Museum has experienced over the past decade, in common with the other UK systematics institutions. Reaching out to new audiences: touring exhibitions such as  Carnivores attracted record numbers of visitors.In 2002, the House of Lords Select Committee for Science and Technology called for increased grant-in-aid to protect the UK collections and to recognize the increased workload arising from international obligations such as the Convention on Biological Diversity. We are pressing the Government to act upon the Select Committee’s findings.

We also face financial challenges arising from the large increase in visitor numbers, which is imposing infrastructure costs that are not fully provided for under current funding arrangements. We are responding positively, for example by taking steps to maximize our trading income and utilize our resources effectively in the free entry environment. As we explained to the House of Commons Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport in October, we are revitalizing our organizational structure, planning new initiatives to attract more diverse audiences, and rethinking the ways in which we deploy space and display our treasures.

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