Our work

Scientist soil sampling in St Andrews bay, Antarctica

A Museum scientist soil sampling in St Andrews Bay, Antarctica, surrounded by king penguins

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.

Visit the Museum's online repository to access publications from our scientists. Content in the repository is accessible to all and showcases the Museum's broad research output.

Digital collections

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

Origins, evolution and futures

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


We are creating molecular and digital tools to explore undiscovered biodiversity in megadiverse systems.


We are exploring new sources of food, predicting the spread of disease and finding scarce elements.

Science, society and skills

We are developing citizen science and training activities to inspire the next generation.