Collections and Specimens

Lorraine Cornish: Painting a specimen

Listen to Lorraine describe the skills needed to paint replicas of Museum specimens.

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Collections and Specimens

From microscopic worms to gigantic mammoth skeletons, the Museum's 70-million specimens represent the astonishing diversity of the natural world. In caring for these collections, our curators can trace the intricacies of evolution and adaptation across periods of history, ensuring the specimens' preservation for future generations of researchers.

Caring for these collections requires devotion from our curators, considering the time and love spent maintaining and preserving individual specimens for future use. In these clips, staff underline the importance of the Museum's collections and how they can be used to understand the natural world.