The Natural History Museum is inviting Earley residents to hear about its plans for a new research and storage facility at Thames Valley Science Park.

The London-based museum has plans to store some 27 million objects at the science park, on a site owned by the University of Reading.

It says the site will occupy the size of roughly three football pitches, and that it hopes to be operational by 2031, although it has yet to apply for planning permission from Wokingham Borough Council.

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Now the museum is inviting residents to attend informal drop-in sessions at the science park to hear more about its plans, on Thursday, September 14.

A leaflet sent to residents said the centre will be “equipped with cutting edge laboratories, space for Museum scientists and purpose-built storage for 28 million specimens – from anteaters to zebras, shells to ancient fossils.”

Two drop-in sessions will take place at the Gateway Building, 1 Collegiate Square, Thames Valley Science Park, RG2 9LH. The first will run between 1:30pm and 4:45pm, while the second will be between 6:15pm and 8pm.