Philanthropist’s gift of £5m is Natural History Museum’s largest ever donation

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THE Natural History Museum is receiving a £5m donation – the largest ever from an individual in its 133-year history.

The unprecedented sum of money is being given to the museum, which attracted 5.3 million visitors last year, by asset management firm founder and chief executive Sir Michael Hintze and his wife Lady Hintze.

The donation will be used to maintain collections and for scientific research behind the scenes at the London museum, which became the third most popular UK visitor attraction last year.

The museum said it had received seven-figure gifts and donations in the past, but nothing on this scale. Culture Secretary Sajid Javid described the donation as “extremely generous”.

Philanthropist Sir Michael, the founder of asset management firm CQS, said: “Our gift recognises the museum’s great value as a cultural and scientific institution, enjoyed by millions including ourselves.

“We feel privileged to be able to make a contribution towards securing this centre of scientific knowledge and research for present and future generations.”