Michael and Dorothy Hintze are once again helping to preserve important landmarks in Britain, their adopted country, with a £5 million ($8.4) million gift to London's Natural History Museum.
The gift is the largest yet to be received by the museum and will be used in part to redevelop displays in the museum's main Central Hall entrance to “better reflect the museum's current scientific work and the breadth of the collection,” according to a museum news release. The Central Hall has been renamed Hintze Hall.
“Our gift recognizes the museum's great value as a cultural and scientific institution, enjoyed by millions, including ourselves,” said Mr. Hintze, CEO and senior investment officer of hedge fund manager CQS (U.K.) LLP, in the news release.
The gift from the Hintze Family Charitable Foundation, London, also will be used in part to help the museum consolidate its large specimen collection.
Australian Mr. Hintze and American Ms. Hintze's family foundation has supported more than 150 charities since its inception in 2004, including generous donations to London's National Gallery and Victoria and Albert Museum. The size of the foundation could not be learned.