Oxford's Museum of Natural History's insect displays get £1.3m revamp
Oxford's Museum of Natural History is to go ahead with a £1.3m project to rehouse more than a million insects.
The National Lottery Heritage Fund is putting £700,000 towards safeguarding the museum's collections, creating new public spaces and hiring new staff.
Director Paul Smith called it a "complex, multi-stranded and ambitious project" that would make a "very important" collection more accessible.
It will include an outreach programme with insects being shown in schools.
The insect collection "spans almost the entire history of British entomology", a museum spokesman said.
The Westwood Room, a Pre-Raphaelite-designed space, will be restored to its original 1860 condition, and a new British insect gallery will be installed alongside it, looking at biodiversity and habitat loss.
Stuart Hobley, of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: "The British Insect Collection is an incredibly valuable part of our natural heritage, charting the story of 150 years of British bugs and entomology.
"Now, thanks to National Lottery players, the collection will be saved to continue informing vital research and inspiring new generations to love and protect some of our smallest yet most important species."
Work will begin in September, and is expected to be completed in 2021. The outreach and education programme will run until 2022.