Grant Museum Research

Research on Grant Museum Material

The Grant Museum is the only remaining university zoology museum in London and contains specimens from the whole of the animal kingdom. The collection dates from the 19th Century and is still added to. The collection contains a wide range of material including; fluid preserved, pinned entomology, taxidermy, freeze-dried and skeletal specimens.

Only 7% of the collection is on display but the rest of the collection is primarily available for use in research. The Grant Museum welcomes research enquiries and the collection is available for the research community for study and sampling.

Information for Researchers

Download the information for researchers document with essential information for those wishing to access the collection.

View a searchable online catalogue of the specimens held by the Museum. Please note the online catalogue is not 100% comprehensive and not all specimens are listed.

The Grant Museum does allow destructive sampling of the collection, however, you must contact the museum first to discuss any proposed sampling. Please note the application process for sampling requests may take some time to process.

Please contact the museum for more information:

Recent research undertaken by external visitors

  • 100 Hours Project
  • Cardiovascular Sciences Promotion
  • The history of dissection
  • Performance/photo installation in Beadles Box
  • Undergraduate neuroscience documentary
  • Prop Making
  • Photographic project ‘How specimens are kept in their own territory’
  • Notarium evolution in birds
  • Identification of mongoose on ancient Egyptian ostracon
  • Gibbon facial morphometrics / scanning
  • Developing and enhancing visitor experiences
  • The teeth of living vertebrates
  • Scopus Award documentary
  • Coding morphological characters of crocodylians for phylogenetic analysis
  • Digital innovations in museums focusing on visitor-generated content
  • Phylogenetic analysis of Palaeocene mammals
  • Stereographic photography project
  • Investigating relationships between bird egg size, shape and pelvic morphology
  • Evolution and ecology of pinniped ears
  • Evolutionary biology of man and the vertebrates
  • Magic Lantern Slides
  • Prehistoric Animal Reconstruction
  • Patella evolution across the vertebrates
  • Fundraising for conservation through the World Land Trust
  • Textile design proofing
  • Comparative mechanobiology and evolution of patellar sesamoids
  • Historic stone carving
  • Hand proportions in apes and monkeys
  • Long term continuity and variability of prehistoric foraging
  • Studies for illustration teaching- botany and zoology
  • Representations of animals
  • Interview about curatorship
  • Anatomy of the hand and muscle in Cebus and Saguinus
  • Study for etchings on native/foreign species to Hong Kong
  • Research drawings on vermin
  • Feature film pre-production
  • Comparative analysis of vocalisation characteristics and gape size in Felidae
  • Trying to become a goat
  • Type specimen digitisation
  • Display of objects to explore visitor responses to animal testing displays
  • Neolithic inhumations and cremations with faunal remains
  • Comparing primate pelves
  • Brown bears from Ireland
  • Invisible vision, outer space and the cybernetic eye
  • Parallel histories of astronomy and photography
  • Examining response based systems in gallery interactives

View summary of research on the collection for 2012-2013.
View summary of research on the collection for 2013-2014 

Research at UCL Museums & Collections