Horniman Aquarium closed for 1.5 million refit


London\

's Horniman Museum Aquarium is closed for a 1.5 million pound refit.

The Aquarium in this free Museum, which is one of the UK\'s oldest at over 100 years, is due to get a 1.5 million refit after the Museum successfully secured a 1.1m grant from ReDiscover, a science centre renewal fund.

The Horniman hopes to raise the other 400,000 needed for the project through a new fundraising scheme.

The new aquarium, which replaces the old split-level system which has to negotiate a flight of stairs, has been designed by Aquarium Manager Kerwin Porter and a team of specialists.

The Horniman told Leisure Opportunities: "The new aquarium will serve as a proactive forum for visitors to contribute to local and global conservation efforts.\"

It is due to reopen for Spring 2006.

The Horniman Museum is at 100 London Road, Forest Hill, south London.