Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 give any person the right to request information held by public authorities, including the Natural History Museum.

Publication Scheme

Under section 19 of the Freedom of Information Act, the Natural History Museum and the Natural History Museum Trading Company are required to have publication schemes which list all the information that is proactively made available, along with guidance on how and when it will be published, and any charges.

The Museum and the Trading Company have adopted the model publication scheme provided by the Information Commissioner’s Office.

Guides to the information that we make available about the Museum and the Natural History Museum Trading Company have been compiled in accordance with the publication scheme.

If you have any questions about Freedom of Information at the Natural History Museum, please contact:

FOI Coordinator
Library and Information Services
Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road
London SW7 5BD
Email us

  • Freedom of information requests
    Making requests

    Find out how to request information from the Museum and what the appeals procedure is.

  • Museum information
    Information about the Museum

    Find out what information the Museum routinely makes available to the public, and where it is located on the website.

  • Trading company information
    Information about our Trading Company

    What you need to know about the Museum's Trading Company and where to find it.

  • Information charter
    Information Charter

    The Information Charter sets out the Museum's standards required for data protection when we request or hold personal information about you, and how you can address any concerns.

Cartoon image of a hatchet fish on a museum pass

Until 1938 whale carcasses were buried in the Museum grounds so that their flesh would decay leaving only the skeletons.