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Browse a range of sources, links and updates from the Museum Archives, and access online resources to help you find what you need.

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The Museum Archives hold records relating to the organisation, administration and history of the Natural History Museum. If you are looking for archives or manuscripts about people who did not work for the Museum, their materials may be held in the Museum libraries. Visit the Library catalogue to search for materials.

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  • Staff dance, January 1927.
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  • The Natural History Museum from Cromwell Road, 1880.
    History of the Museum

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  • Rhino, 1907.
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  • Specimen handling at the Museum, 1948.
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  • Beulga whale model, 1934.
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Museum telephonist, 1933.
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Chimpanzee skeleton, 1907.
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