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TheHOPE for the Future Projecthas four key elements:Hfor Heritage,our gains from the past, thethings we must treasuretomake sure they last.O for Outreach, us coming to you, in orderto show what museums cando.P for Preservation,maintaining throughtime, protecting, mending,and cleaning off grime.E for Entomology,six-legged creatures,learning about insects and allof their features.

HeritageA new British insect gallery will be created, named after Ellen Hope, co-founder of the Hope Entomological Collections along with her husband Frederick William Hope. The gallery will look at biodiversity, habitat loss, and the value of museum collections in recording these changes and their impacts.

OutreachThe project’s outreach and education programme will take material from the British Insect Collection into schools and communities across Oxfordshire, reaching both young and older people who may not otherwise have the opportunity to see these collections.

PreservationHOPE for the Future is maintaining, mending and making accessible the museum’s 1.1 million British insects. This will be done by rehousing them from old, outdated storage, to new up to date drawers and cabinets that can better protect and preserve the specimens.

Entomology(the study of insects)At the centre of the project is the study and appreciation of British insects. Their incredible diversity can be seen in our unique entomology collection, dating from 1602 and the world's earliest known pinned insect, through to the present day.