Digital Museum

Museum anthropologists are scrutinising the remains of 740 people who lived in the city from the Neolithic to Victorian era, revealing how people lived and died in the city. The digital records created during this analysis will be released on the Museum's data portal.

Mobilising the world’s natural history collections for the benefit of human well-being.

We are embarking on an epic journey to digitise 80 million specimens from one of the world’s most important natural history collections.

Digitising the Museum’s collection will give the global scientific community access to unrivalled historical, geographic and taxonomic specimen data gathered in the last 250 years.

Features and news

Life in the bones of Londoners: Neolithic to Victorian

Browse interactive map of where in London the 740 sets of human remains were found, what era they lived in and what Museum anthropologists know about their lives from their bones.

Species to pixels: Digital transformation 

Director of Science Prof Ian Owens and Dr Vince Smith talk to Google about how digitising the Museum's 80 million specimens will help scientists answer big questions about how human behaviour is affecting life on earth.


Power to the people

A team at the Museum has developed a Data Portal, giving the world digital access to the Museum’s collection data and research datasets.


Digital museum blog

Catch up with the latest developments, techniques and technology being used to digitise specimens.

Digital collections programme

We are establishing high-throughput digital capture workflows for all major collection types, giving online access to the specimen and lot-level data through our Data Portal and developing informatics tools for data analysis.

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