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Museum donation 'on a scale never seen before'

Director of the Natural History Museum, Dr Michael Dixon said: "We are extremely grateful for this generous donation, which represents a big step towards ambitious plans for our future, for both our science and our galleries."

Dr Michael Dixon with Sir Michael Hintze and Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Sajid Javid Credit: PA Wire

The museum has received seven-figure gifts and donations from individuals and corporate partners in the past, but nothing on this scale. The museum is renaming a space at the Cromwell Road entrance Hintze Hall in honour of the donation.


Natural History Museum receives biggest ever donation

The Natural History Museum is receiving a £5 million donation, the largest ever from an individual in its entire 133-year history. The sum is being given by asset management firm founder and chief executive Sir Michael Hintze and his wife Lady Hintze.

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The donation will be used to maintain collections and for scientific research behind the scenes.

£5 million boost for London museum

The Natural History Museum is one of the city's most loved attractions Credit: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA

The Natural History Museum is set to receive a £5 million pound donation today.

The figure is the largest ever donated from an individual in the museum's 133 year history.

The donation has been made by Sir Michael Hintze and his wife, Lady Hintze.

Baby mammoth to go on display at the National History Museum

Londoners will soon get the chance to see a preserved baby mammoth at the National History Museum. The Mammoth, found in Siberia in 2007, is little larger than a dog, and has been nicknamed Lyuba.

It is thought to have died 42,000 years ago while just a month old, and is the most comprehensive mammoth skeleton ever found. The mammoth is currently on display at the Shemanovsky Museum in Russia, but will move to London on May 23 for the three month exhibition.


48 rare African fish found after train journey mistake

48 live rare African tropical fish which were being transported from the Natural History Museum have been found, after going missing on a train journey. The fish were being transported from London to Hull, but were taken off the train by mistake at Peterborough.

Telmatochromis temporalis, the rare African tropical fish currently missing
Telmatochromis temporalis, the rare African tropical fish currently missing Credit: British Transport Police

The fish were being transported in a case to the University of Hull for research purposes by post-graduate scholar, Kai Winkelmann. But someone offloaded them at Peterborough.

Sergeant Steve Down said: "Mr Winkleman stressed time was of the essence to find the fish as they required specialist care and would very likely die if they weren't properly cared for in the next few hours.

"Officers quickly realised the scale of the problem and called BTP and rail staff colleagues at Peterborough and Kings Cross, and the fish were quickly tracked down at Peterborough, still alive."

Forensics to solve murder inquiries

Pioneering research by forensic scientists at King's College London could help police solve more murders where bodies have been dumped in suitcases. It focuses on how easily flies can reach the body through the zip of a bag.

The research aims to give detectives a better estimate for the victim's time of death. A word of warning, Emma Burrows' report contains pictures of the experiment.

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