A campaign begins to raise £2 million to build the David Attenborough Studio.
The Natural History Museum will build a new live communications space in honour of Sir David Attenborough, where the public will be able to engage with scientists and explore the natural world in a state-of-the-art building.
For the last 50 years, Sir David Attenborough has shared his passion for nature with millions of television viewers around the world, through his pioneering natural history programmes. With advances in technology and communications, the new studio will transform the way we explore the world and share new discoveries.
'This is a real opportunity to combine scientific expertise, public dialogue, film and interactive media in a truly accessible environment. It will enable all of us to explore the wonders of our world and investigate its secrets,' said Sir David Attenborough.
The David Attenborough Studio will be part of the Museum's Darwin Centre Phase Two, opening in 2008. Current visitors to the Darwin Centre can already interact daily with scientists at work, and the Darwin Centre Phase Two will continue the Museum's mission to take visitors behind the scenes. Darwin Centre Phase Two will also house the Museum's 28 million insects and six million plants.
From 19 November 2005 to 19 Feburary 2006, money collected from the Museum's donation boxes will go towards the David Attenborough Studio campaign.