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

  • Phylogeny of Mesozoic salamanders
  • Variation in green lizard mandibles
  • Confirmation of animal remains from police
  • Reference material for resource on sponges
  • 19th Century archival studies: Victorian things
  • Identification of Ursus spp.
  • Analysis of British mammal skulls for project on British landscape
  • Experiment to test the information content of virtual objects
  • Mammalian forelimbs and locomotion
  • Cranial and mandibular variability in sloths
  • Illustration for exhibitions
  • Early Jurassic fauna of Lesotho
  • Survey of carpal weapons and foot spurs in birds
  • Conservation of skeletal material
  • Investigating pest presence in museums
  • Historic stone carving
  • Investigating segmentation during development of the vertebral column
  • How art is used to represent the ‘unknown’ or recently discovered in science
  • Design work for headpieces theatre performances
  • Examining the Negus collection and use of comparative anatomy in ear, nose & throat surgery

A summary of research on the collection for 2012-2013 is available here.

Research at UCL Museums & Collections