Since its opening in 1881, the Museum has grown in terms of its collections, its understanding of the natural world, and its approaches to museum display. Hand tools have since been mostly replaced by computers, dioramas have been replaced by interactive installations, and the Museum has extended its outreach activities to trade and road-shows.
From its connection to the Royal Family, to the restructuring of the Museum's science departments, our staff have witnessed both the positive and negative effects that changes can bring to a cultural institution. Listen to our Museum staff reflect on the various changes that have been made in the Museum, and their opinions on these changes.
Hear how machinery has changed the way Museum technicians work.
Discover what Brian thought of the Museum's old dioramas.
Find out how the training of curators has changed.
Hear Eileen's memories of meeting the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.
Hear how redundancies in the 1990's affected the Museum.
Discover how exhibitions are changing.
Find out how Princess Diana contributed to the Museum.
Find out about 'The Fossil Roadshow'.
Find out how the Museum's interaction with the public has changed.
Discover why DC2 was built.
Find out how the working environment at the Museum has changed.
Find out how computers revitalised the way the Museum works.
Discover why the internet has changed how scientists work.
Listen to Patrick decribe how staff used to arrive at work.
Hear how the Museum has changed.
Hear how Patrick became part of the Zoology Dive Team.
Discover why whales and dolphins become beached.
Find out how staff losses have historically affected the Museum.
Listen to Paul's memories of the redundancies in the 1990s.
Discover why the Museum changed its logo.
Discover how Richard 'preserved' the history of the collections through his writing.
Discover the differences between the collections at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the Museum.
Explore how curation and research operate in the Museum.
Listen to Sandy describe what it was like working in the old Botany Herbarium.