A fossil identification workshop

A fossil identification workshop

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Search collections online: The Museum aims to make its collections as accessible as possible. To search the Museum's online databases select the subject link from the menu on the left, and then select databases.

We have recently launched a new unified Collections Online website. At present it holds the Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths), the minerals, and the archives. We will continue to migrate data from our existing online databases to the new site.

We're rebuilding our Collections Online website and conducting research on the different navigation and search functionality our new website should offer, in order to meet users’ needs. We'd love to hear about your requirements and to know what functionality you want to see built on our new website. This will help us make substantial improvements and prioritise new features that will make our natural history collections more accessible online - where everyone worldwide can not only see our unique specimens, but also study and use them in new ways. The survey should only take 10 minutes. You can only take the survey once, as you can’t edit your responses. Questions marked with an asterisk (*) are required.
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Scientific enquiries: every year hundreds of rocks, fossils and other finds are identified by our team of curators and scientists. If you have found anything of interest, bring it along on your next visit to the Museum.

Important note: the Museum does not condone any illegal action, including the collection of birds' eggs, trapping live animals or unauthorised work in quarries.

Nuffield Research Placements
The Museum hosts Nuffield Research Placements in our Life and Earth collections in the fields of zoology, entomology and geology. Projects cover a wide range of disciplines from collections based curation and research to insect ecology and ecosystem services. Previous project titles include “Darwin's Insects in the Hope Entomological Collections”, “Burchell’s African Insect Collection” and “Dung Beetle Ecology”. All our Nuffield Research Placements take place through Science Oxford.


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