Ida Slater: a geologist ahead of her time
22 May 2019
Discover the important contributions made by one of London's first woman geologists.
Hundreds of hummingbirds get a makeover
17 August 2018
Cleaning over 300 specimens takes time and a lot of dexterity.
The women watching over London's natural history collections
5 March 2018
Women working with Museum collections share what they love about their jobs, and their advice for budding curators.
How to restore a 135-year-old-sunfish
26 January 2018
Find out what it takes to care for an enormous, scientifically irreplaceable fish.
Nine-month makeover for Dippy the Diplodocus
16 December 2017
The iconic Diplodocus cast has begun its long journey back to Britain, after nine months in Canada.
Nudibranchs: psychedelic thieves of the sea
16 November 2017
Meet the brightly coloured sea slugs committing serial stinging-cell crimes.
The search for the real Iguanodon
3 July 2017
Discover how Iguanodon's true identity was finally revealed.
Minerals: sparkling, sensitive and toxic
12 June 2017
Minerals may look tough, but getting these crystals from ground to display case needs a very steady hand.
The blue whale skull: an unusual delivery
25 April 2017
After months away, the blue whale skeleton has returned to the Museum. How did conservators get it through the Victorian doors?
Weirdly wonderful: redisplaying cabinets of curiosities
16 March 2017
Resin deer lungs, a warthog and a pterosaur fossil are just a few of the curious specimens to be found in the new Hintze Hall.
A whale of a time capsule
23 February 2017
Discover how crumpled newspapers have turned a blue whale skeleton into a historical treasure trove.
A Diplodocus deconstructed
8 February 2017
Moving a dinosaur is never easy. Watch as Museum conservators pack Dippy the Diplodocus into boxes, one bone at a time.
The giant sequoia: preserving a slice of natural history
12 January 2017
How do you conserve an ancient wedge of giant tree? With solvent, buckets of resin and a lot of patience.
Taking Dippy down: the first steps
10 January 2017
Lorraine Cornish, Head of Conservation, prepares to dismante the Diplodocus skeleton.
Marengo: a warhorse's makeover
4 January 2017
Watch a Museum conservator reposition the delicate skeleton of Napoleon's horse, Marengo.
Blue whale conservation team wins prestigious award
4 June 2018
The conservators preparing the Museum's blue whale skeleton for its move into Hintze Hall have received a prize for their contribution to the public's understanding of conservation.
Whale move: conservation commences
19 April 2016
Watch as our blue whale is moved into storage and the conservators start their work.
Examining the blue whale: the move begins
17 November 2015
Go behind the scenes as the first bones are taken down from the blue whale skeleton.
How to pickle a shark
8 January 2015
Follow the journey of a large shark specimen from a beach in Northumberland to being sealed in our spirit collection.