Digital collections programme
Mobilising the world’s natural history collections to help people and the planet thrive
The Museum's Digital Collections Programme was initiated in 2014 to digitise and release data about the 80 million items in our collection.
Natural history collections hold critical information necessary to tackle fundamental scientific and societal challenges of our time.
From conserving the biodiversity on which our wellbeing and our planet’s health depend, to finding new ways of combating disease and extracting mineral resources.
At present this information is locked away within hundreds of millions of specimens, labels and archives distributed across the globe, available to just a handful of scientists.
We want to unlock this treasure trove of information so that citizen scientists, researchers and data analysts from all over the world can access it.