Life Collections

The Life Collections comprise the zoological collections and the Hope Entomological Collections.

The Zoological Collections comprise more than 250,000 specimens, including some 1,000 type specimens. Many extinct and endangered species are represented, including the most complete remains of a dodo in the world. Notable collections include those of Thomas Bell, William Burchell, and Charles Darwin.

Butterflies in the collection

Moths in the collection

Within the United Kingdom, the Hope Entomological Collections are second in size and importance to the national insect collection at the Natural History Museum, London. The collection houses over 25,000 arthropod types, and comprises over 5 million specimens. Of particular significance are:

To find out more, please search the entomological collections and the associated archives.

Enquiries regarding the collections should be sent to:

Children can discover the world of animals in the Learning zone
Children can discover the world of insects in the Learning zone

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