London Natural History Museum


Original name(s)
    Institution Address

    Cromwell Road
    SW7 BD  London
    GB - United Kingdom

    Type of organisation

    Institution Address

    Cromwell Road
    SW7 BD London
    GB - United Kingdom

    Museum (Public)

    Director Representative

    Sir Michael Dixon



    Structure Chart

    Governing & Executive bodies

    Museum Director Sir Michael Dixon reports to the Board of Trustees. Eight of the 12 Trustees are appointed by the Prime Minister and one (Royal Society Trustee) by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). The remaining three are appointed by the board itself. The running of the museum is the responsibility of the Executive board under the Museum Director. This is composed of the Museum Director, the Director of Science (Prof Ian Owens), the Director of Public Engagement (Dr Justin Morris), the Director of Finance and Corporate Services (Neil Greenwood) and the Director of Development Group (Fiona McWilliams). The government provides grant-in-aid to the museum via the DCMS, which supplies the majority of the museum’s externally sourced funding.

    Staff fields

    staff administrative non permanent: 182.0.staff administrative permanent: 433.0;staff total: 924.0;staff year of reference: 2019

    Membership fields

    Full member

    General Description

    Museum research is extremely broad across the life and earth sciences. Life science Divisions include Insects, Invertebrates, Diversity and informatics, Parasites and vectors, Vertebrates, and Algae, fungi and plants. Earth science divisions include Economic and environmental sciences, Mineral and planetary sciences, Invertebrate and plant palaeobiology, and Vertebrate and anthropological palaeobiology. The museum also has a large and active Core Research Lab (CRL) facility including a conservation centre, imaging and analysis centre, digitisation centre and molecular biology unit. Science heritage research also takes place via the Library and archives department. Research priorities are structured via five ‘challenges’ according to our Science Strategy Research Page 1) The digital NHM Research Page 2) Origins, Evolution and Futures Research Page 3) Biodiversity Discovery Research Page 4) Natural Resources and Hazards Research Page 5) Science, Society and Skills Research Page

    Research Fields

    • Botany - Plant evolutionary and developmental studies, conservation and biodiversity analytical methods, nomenclature and typification, tropical seeding biology, molecular systematics, Solanceae systematics.
    • Vertebrates - Systematics and evolution of reptile, amphibian and fish groups. Biogeography and conservation. Bird eggs and nests.
    • Invertebrates - Systematics of insect disease vectors and insect pests of humans and domestic animals. Forensic entomology. Molecular and cellular evolution of parasitic protists. Deep sea biology (nematodes).
    • Soil microfauna diversity and soil ecosystem processes. Systematics of parasitic worms (trematodes, helminths and schistomes) in humans and domestic animals. Systematics and biology (including phylogeny and ontology) of Crustacean groups.
    • Palaeobotany
    • Fossil invertebrates - fossil annelids, fossil byrozoans, echinoderms, mollusca and sponges.
    • Fossil vertebrates - dinosaurs, fossil fish, fossil birds, all major reptile clades, Mesozoic mammals, fossil amphibians (late Devonian to Pleistocene), palaeobiogeography and palaeogeography of amphibians and reptiles.

    Research Initiative

    On-line outreach activitie : : [['No']]
    other outreach activitie : : ['The museum has a full school education programme for all levels (Key stage 1-3 and 16 plus), more details of relevant activities can be found here (\nThe NHM also has an active work experience placement programme ( and regularly recruits volunteers (']
    Non academic trainings : : [['No']]
    Academic trainings : : ['The museum collaborates in teaching Masters’ level courses, and in training PhD students via Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) and individual collaborations:\nNHM/IC joint MSc in Taxonomy and Biodiversity (\nNHM/IC joint MRes in Biosystematics (\nNHM/UCL/IoZ MRes in Biodiversity, Evolution and Conservation. (\nWe are a host partner in four Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) DTPs: GW4+ (, London (, SPITFIRE (, SSCP ( and also co-supervise students within the Oxford NERC DTP (\nWe are also a partner in the SEAHA (Science and Engineering for Arts, Heritage and Archaeology, DTP with UCL, Brighton and Oxford universities. We also co-supervise PhD students funded by other organisations, including Leverhulme Trust, John Spedan Lewis Trust, EU training networks, and different UK funding councils.']
    General description : : ['The NHM is currently in the second year of ’Identification Trainers of the Future’, a programme providing 15 paid traineeships in biological recording and species surveying to tackle a shortage of species identification experts.\nThe NHM has led on, and participated in, a number of NERC-funded ’Advanced Training Short Courses’ over the past few years. Those currently running are:\n\nTaxonomic skills and field techniques for freshwater ecology and quality\nAn introduction to computed tomography: 3D non-destructive imaging for taxonomy\nQuaternary palaeoecology\nTaxonomy and stratigraphy of Cenozoic planktonic foraminifera\nMolecular diagnostics for species identification and evolutionary analysis\nTaxonomic principles and tools in botanical research T\n\nThe museum also runs the following collections-care short courses: The fundamentals of natural history conservation Working safely with natural history collections Disaster planning and salvaging The fundamentals of effective pest management Advanced integrated pest management']


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