Following in the footsteps of Darwin, Banks, Wallace and other pioneering naturalists, our scientists collect specimens and data from all parts of the world. Fieldtrips are an essential part of their research, and the collecting process makes many feel as though they are truly 'making' the Museumâs history.
The centuries have brought about many changes to how fieldwork is conducted, namely in ensuring the ethical collection of specimens. In these clips, our curators and researchers reveal their experiences in travelling to sometimes remote locations, many of which have led to exciting discoveries.
Find out how scientists raise money for expeditions.
Discover how objects found in caves become part of the collection.
Discover why Papua New Guinea is a important place to collect specimens.
Find out about the challenges of planning fieldwork.
Discover more about the world's largest butterfly: the spectacular Queen Alexandra's Birdwing.
Discover what scientists eat in the field.
Find out about Keith collecting specimens in Nepal.
Find out how the Museum plans fieldwork with local organisations.
Listen to Paul recall his fieldwork in the Olduvai Gorge.
Discover more about the disappearance of the Aldabra Brush Warbler.
Hear how Sandy coped with the hazards of fieldwork in exotic locations.
Listen to Sara talk about collecting meteorites across the world.