Natural History Museum tsunami memorial application submitted

Tsunami Support UK (TSUK) has revealed the design for a memorial in the Darwin Centre garden at the Natural History Museum for the UK victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean natural disaster.

Drivers Jonas Deloitte has submitted the planning application on behalf of Tsunami Support UK to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The DCMS has contributed a £550,000 grant for the scheme.

Memorial project board chairman Michael Holland said: "The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami was one of the worst natural disasters in living memory, hundreds of thousands of people lost their lives and the impact of the devastation was felt across the world.

"We are immensely grateful to the DCMS for funding the memorial and to the Natural History Museum for making space available in its grounds – we can think of no better place to remember the lives of the 151 UK citizens who perished in the tsunami".

Natural History Museum director Dr Michael Dixon said:  "Making sense of the natural world is an important part of the Natural History Museum’s mission and I hope this memorial will not only bring comfort to those who lost loved ones in the tsunami but also be a reminder to us all of the sometimes destructive force nature can be."

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