Mystery of the Barwell meteorite

Discover how a 4.5-billion-year-old meteorite fragment in the Museum's collection hid a secret about the origins of our solar system.

On Christmas Eve 1965, a meteorite the size of a Christmas turkey broke up over the Leicestershire village of Barwell. It remains the largest meteorite fall observed in Britain.

Natasha Almeida, Assistant Meteorite Curator at the Museum, has been researching fragments from the Barwell meteorite held in the Natural History Museum's world-renowned meteorite collection.

Join Natasha as she shows science communicator Camilla Tham one of the fragments, and explores the hidden pebble that changed the way we think about how our solar system formed.

Extraterrestrial materials

Explore the Museum's research on the moon, sun, Mars, comets and asteroids.