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Miranda Lowe, Principal Curator at the Natural History Museum awarded CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2022

The Natural History Museum is delighted that Miranda Lowe, Principal Curator of Crustacea has been awarded with a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2022. 

Responsible for ground-breaking scientific research through her work with marine specimens over the last 30 years at the Museum, Miranda has also become an instrumental change-maker in the wider museum sector. 

A champion of diversity, Miranda’s work with Museum Detox has campaigned for diversity and inclusion in the museum workforce, collections and audiences. As a member of the Museums Association’s Decolonisation Guidance Working Group, Miranda has shared her knowledge of the impact and legacy of empire in natural science collections and how uncovering hidden histories can allow the telling of these multi-layered stories.

Doug Gurr, Director of the Natural History Museum says “We are thrilled to see Miranda Lowe recognised with a CBE in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Alongside her vital scientific work and research on ocean health, Miranda has worked tirelessly as an ambassador to ensure the industry is engaging and reaching underrepresented audiences. A huge congratulations to Miranda”. 

Miranda Lowe CBE, Principal Curator of Crustacea at the Natural History Museum said “I am delighted and humbled to receive such an honour. My sincere thanks to all those who supported and believed in me and the work that I do in the heritage, culture, science, and arts sector and beyond."

This year Miranda was announced as British Science Association Scientific President representing Biological Sciences and helping to shape the annual British Science Festival programme taking place in September. In 2020, Miranda was named in Radio Four Women’s Hour Power List and was also listed in the recently published 100 Great Black Britons, a book honouring the achievements of black British individuals over centuries.  



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