The SAURON project is made possible through grants 614.13.003 and 781.74.203 from ASTRON/NWO and financial contributions from the Institut National des Sciences de l'Univers, the Universite Claude Bernard Lyon I, the universities of Durham and Leiden, the British Council, PPARC grant `Extragalactic Astronomy & Cosmology at Durham 1998-2002', and the Netherlands Research School for Astronomy NOVA.

We are very grateful to the Isaac Newton Group staff, in particular Rene Rutten, Tom Gregory and Chris Benn, for enthusiastic and competent support on La Palma during the 8 observing runs needed to complete the survey.