Our work

Four images of seaweed against a black background

Museum scientists described 503 new species in 2020. A new species of red seaweed Corallina chamberlainiae is helping to show how the waters surrounding the islands of the south Atlantic are connected © Brodie at al. 2020

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.

Anthropocene and sustainability

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

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.

Digital collections

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