Natural History Museum seeks £5m platform to manage collections

Tool will form part of the museum’s new long-term strategy

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The Natural History Museum is seeking a £5m software platform to help it better manage its collections.

The museum, based in London’s Kensington district, is seeking a commercial partner to supply a “collections management solution” over the course of a seven-year contract. The deployment of the technology comes alongside the implementation of a long-term transformation strategy.

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“In line with our new Vision and Strategy to 2031, the Natural History Museum is looking to help transform the study of natural history, engage, and involve the widest possible audience, and secure the future of our collections,” it said. “This will require a new collections management solution and the museum is therefore seeking a supplier that can implement a business operational solution to which the NHM can transition.”

Bids are open until 9 August, with the museum hoping to enter into an engagement on 1 April 2022. The chosen supplier will then be under contract for seven years, in deal expected to be worth £5m.

Famed for its animal and dinosaur models exhibits, the Natural History Museum is one of the UK’s most popular tourist attractions, welcoming 5.3 million visitors in 2019.


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