Our work

A woman in an orange jacket bends over a small lake in a barren landscape to collect a sample

Anne Jungblut sampling biofilms on the McMurdo ice shelf in Antartica

Museum scientists are researching the solar system, Earth's geology and life in novel ways, using the unique combination of their expertise, collections and cutting-edge techniques.

Discovery, origins and evolution

Studying our natural history specimens reveals the past, present and future of life, the solar system and Earth.

UK biodiversity

Creating molecular and digital tools to explore undiscovered biodiversity.

Anthropocene and sustainability

Exploring new sources of food, predicting the spread of disease and finding scarce elements.

Digital collections

Digitising the 80 million specimens in the Museum's collections and providing open access to the digital data through our Data Portal.