An ore is any naturally occurring mineral or assemblage of minerals from which economically important constituents, particularly metals, can be extracted.
Find out about our ore research, collaborative projects and consulting services.
Prof Richard Herrington
Ores Research Leader
Economic and Environmental Earth Sciences Division
Natural History Museum
+44 (0)20 7942 5528
Learn about ore deposits and the processes involved in their formation.
We are interpreting the formation processes of ore deposits and investigating best practice for their sustainable processing.
Our collection of more than 15,000 specimens is a valuable resource for the field of economic geology.
Learn more about our reflected light microscopy and microscope spectrophotometry laboratory.
Meet members of the ores group and learn more about their research interests.
Learn about our research collaborations, including the CERCAMS and LODE initiatives.
Using our ore and mineral collections to develop sustainable strategies for Earth's non-renewable resources.
Discover the hidden treasures of our ore collection. Open a new window each day to unearth the ores that power your world.