Departments and staff

Staff on the front steps of the Museum, 1884.

Our 350 scientific staff carry out world-class research, supported by the Museum’s collections and facilities. 

Earth sciences

Our researchers are tackling major challenges in earth science, from the formation of the solar system to the characterisation of new mineral species.  

Life sciences

Our unique expertise in evolutionary biology, biodiversity and phylogenetics is supported by the Museum’s core research labs and vast biological collections. 

Core research labs and consulting

Our research lab teams are available for complex on-site imaging and analysis of biological and geological samples.

Science Directorate

Our directorate steers the policy, planning and management of science at the Museum.

Library and Archives

Explore one of the world’s finest collections of natural history literature, artwork, photographs and manuscripts.

Centre for Arts and Humanities Research

Researching the historical, cultural, social and economic significance of the Natural History Museum's science, archives and library collections