Natural History Museum

Inside the David Attenborough Studio. © Natural History Museum

The Rufford Maurice Laing Foundation gave a grant of £350,000 in 2007/08.

The Natural History Museum is both a major visitor attraction and a world-class research institute. Its mission is to maintain and develop its scientific collections to promote the discovery, understanding, responsible use and enjoyment of the natural world.

Currently under construction is Phase Two of the Darwin Centre, the Museum’s major new science and education centre, due to open in 2009. The construction of the Darwin Centre is integral to the Museum’s vision to become a ‘Museum of the Future’ making the collections and research more accessible to visitors. At the heart of the Darwin Centre Phase Two will be the David Attenborough Studio, a free public space dedicated to inspiring discussion about, and preservation of, the natural world.

The Studio will present dynamic programming developed to meet the requirements of different audiences and offer a range of experiences using different media such as live contact with scientists, hands –on interactive experiences with our learning team, films from BBC archives and interactive films using a range of media.

In 2006, The Rufford Maurice Laing Foundation generously pledged £1 million to the David Attenborough Studio. The Studio will be a unique resource, with innovative programming enabling visitors to discover, and engage with, the natural world.

It is thanks to The Rufford Maurice Laing Foundation that the vision for the David Attenborough Studio is becoming a reality.