The Natural History Museum Annual Report
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The Darwin Centre: Opening Phase
The launch of Phase One signals a profound change in our relationship with
visitors, and a determination to break down barriers between scientists and
The public opening of the Darwin
Centre Phase One in September was the high point of the Museum’s year,
and the outcome of much dedicated work by our scientific and professional teams.
Our zoology curators and researchers
completed the daunting task of moving the 22 million zoology specimens to their
new home, and prepared to communicate more about their science and the collections
to the public.
Our Exhibitions and Visitor Services teams finalized the development of the
innovative Darwin Centre visitor offer. Touch screens with information in 12
languages were prepared, together with full interpretation, graphics and audiovisual
support. A successful recruitment and training drive enabled us to build a knowledgeable
and enthusiastic team to introduce visitors to the Darwin Centre and ensure
that they get the most from their experience.
Our Communications and Development teams mounted an extensive programme of public
launches, marketing activities and fundraising events, culminating in the official
opening by Her Majesty The Queen on 22 October. The Darwin Centre was launched
to an enthusiastic reception from press and public and has been nominated for
several awards, including shortlisting for the prestigious Gulbenkian Prize.
In the first six months we welcomed more than 166,000 visitors.
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