Light microscopy

The Light Microscopy Facility houses state-of-the-art microscopy systems that allow scientists from all over the world to see beyond the limits of the naked eye.

Traditional manual microscopes compliment the new automated and fully programmable imaging systems, together allowing the lab to facilitate a diverse array of research and curation projects.

Digitisation is a major focus of the Museum's Science Strategy and is pioneering the implementation of new techniques and adapting methods to achieve this goal. 

The Sackler Imaging Suite was funded by the Dr Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation. Originally known as the Sackler Biodiversity Imaging Laboratory, it opened in 2009 and was refurbished in 2015. It now houses both the Optical Microscopy facility and our 3D Vis Lab.


Museum lead

Dr Alex Ball


  • Olympus BX63
  • Zeiss AxioZoom v.16
  • Leica MZ 125
  • Zeiss Axioskop
  • Macro-photography stand
  • Olympus BX61
  • Zeiss AxioScan Z1
  • Zeiss Stemi
  • Large format leaf camera
  • Medium format leaf camera