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

  • Use of social media within galleries
  • Controversial displays
  • Evolution of the larynx
  • Lynx extinction and reintroduction in Britain
  • University museums and galleries why families?
  • Sculpture photography
  • LEGO scientists photography
  • Photography techniques practice
  • Illustrating turtle anatomy
  • Wood carving sculpture research
  • Capturing taxidermy and bones in space
  • Limb integration in squamates
  • Investigating morphological integration and modularity in squamate skulls
  • Designing a chair for a Giraffe
  • Zoomorph study of flamingo
  • Bat anatomy study
  • Cabinet of curiosities research
  • Fish species of the United Arab Emirates
  • Mystery object curation
  • Designing museum spaces
  • Describing Lesotho dinosaur material
  • Research into provenance of glass models in Indian Natural History Museum
  • Classification of moles
  • Zooarchaeological analysis of ‘Khorarch IV’ Jordan
  • Drawing series
  • Facial reconstruction of hominids
  • Primate morphometrics analysis
  • Roman animal bone assemblage from Herefordshire
  • Morphometric project on primates
  • Tetrapod epiphyseal evolution
  • Digital museum catalogues
  • Conservation project on Darwin
  • Citing of wonder in design
  • Sculpture exhibition research
  • 3D scanning and printing
  • Research into coal ball slides
  • Using phalangeal 2D:4D ratio in apes
  • Ethical advisory research- Buried on Campus exhibition
  • Research into historical turacine pigment use
  • Modelling an asses head for theatre production
  • Biomimicry investigating natural processes in design
  • Drawing from marine invertebrates- things that look like other things
  • Primate craniometric scanning
  • Radio show on animal representation
  • Pesticides and toxins in specimens
  • Short virtual reality film
  • Research about the micrarium
  • Interview with the curator
  • Imaginary world inhabiting an animal skeleton
  • Palaeodietary and ecomorphological study of Pleistocene spotted hyaena in Europe
  • Exploring the skeletal system of humans and animals
  • Occipital condyles as a proxy for locomotion in primates
  • Research into how museums see treat and display Blaschka glass models
  • Dog domestication
  • Investigating notarium presence in birds
  • Web design practical module
  • Multivariate statistic analysis of early hominin scapulae
  • 3D scan and research for 3D animation/anatomy
  • Crocodile evolution through time
  • Studying anatomy of canid species
  • Differentiation and identification between human and non-human fragmented/cremated bone
  • Nudibranchs and museum history
  • Hybrids and creatures postdoctoral research
  • Identification of unknown ankle/wrist bone


View summary of research on the collection for 2014-2015

View summary of research on the collection for 2013-2014

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

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