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
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.