Digital Museum

Helen Hardy, Dr Vince Smith and Dr Farah Ahmed speak to Wired about the mammoth task of digitising the Museum collection. 

Mobilising the world’s natural history collections for the benefit of human well-being.

We are embarking on an epic journey to digitise 80 million specimens from one of the world’s most important natural history collections.

Digitising the Museum’s collection will give the global scientific community access to unrivalled historical, geographic and taxonomic specimen data gathered in the last 250 years.


A new lease on lice

An update on slide digitisation. Our digitisers have completed imaging the entire Museum's parasitic louse slide collection


Digital collections programme

We are establishing high-throughput digital capture workflows for all major collection types, giving online access to the specimen and lot-level data through our Data Portal and developing informatics tools for data analysis.

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