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201 datasets found


Wallace and Banks drawers

Drawer-level images of specimens in the Wallace and Banks collections held by the Natural History Museum, London.
Suzanne Ryder Collections Creative Commons Attribution

Join the Dots collection-level descriptions

The records in this dataset provide a high-level summary of the Natural History Museum's collection and encompass the material managed by its Life Sciences, Earth Sciences and...
Natural History Museum; Natural History Museum Collections Open Data Commons Attribution License

Collection specimens

Specimen records from the Natural History Museum's collection
Natural History Museum Collections CC0-1.0

Checklist of the Lepidoptera of the British Isles - Data

An Excel spreadsheet containing the current scientific names & codes from the "Checklist of the Lepidoptera of the British Isles" by Agassiz, Beavan & Heckford. This has...
David Agassiz; S D Beavan; Robert J Heckford Citizen Science CC-BY-SA-4.0

Beetle Drawer Scans

Drawer scans of beetles from the Natural History Museums (NHM) collections. These scans are a mix of work produced by volunteers at the NHM as part of the VFactor program as...
Josh Humphries Collections Creative Commons CCZero

Lincolnshire Plants: Past and Future

Lincolnshire Plants: Past and Future (popularly known as ‘LoveLincsPlants’) is a National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) supported project in collaboration with the Lincolnshire...
Kath Castillo; Fred Rumsey; Debra Turner Collections Creative Commons Attribution

Catalogue of Meteorites

The Catalogue of Meteorites is the world taxonomic database of all meteorite falls and finds recorded up to June 2002. The first edition was published in 1847 and consisted of...
Monica Grady Collections Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike

Clifford Herbarium

The herbarium contains over 3,000 specimens collected by George Clifford (1685-1760), a wealthy Anglo-Dutch merchant. The Herbarium includes plants that were newly cultivated...
Charles E Jarvis Collections License not specified

The NHM Fossil Lithistida Collection

The Fossil Lithistida Collection at the NHM contains 5088 hand specimens and 265 thin sections mainly from the British Isles, Germany and France. This is a comprehensive dataset...
Natural History Museum Collections Creative Commons Attribution

Freshwater Insects UK vs the World Blog

As part of their Kickstart Placement with the Digitisation Team, Joseph Dean authored a blog entitled UK vs The World examining the difference in data on labels in the...
Jennifer Pullar; Joseph Deane Public Engagement Creative Commons CCZero


Data from the NATRICINE project led by V.Deepak (, funded by a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action. This data has been used in several papers: Deepak. V.,...
Veerappan Deepak; Natalie Cooper; David J Gower Research Creative Commons Attribution

Coral Reefs of Discovery Bay Jamaica in 1969

Video including underwater footage of the reefs around Discovery Bay Jamaica made by Lynton Land in 1969 and 1970
Lynton Land Research Creative Commons Attribution

Arabic and Persian plant names in the Codex Vindobonensis

The Codex Vindobonensis Med. GR. 1 Der Osterreichischen Nationalbibliothek (sometimes referred to as the Juliana Anicia codex and hereafter referred to as ‘The Codex’) is a...
Hanouf Al Alawi; John Hunnex Research Creative Commons Attribution

Sex biases in natural history collections of birds and mammals.

Data from paper: Sex biases in natural history collections of birds and mammals. link to paper. Natalie Cooper, Alexander L. Bond, Joshua L. Davis, Roberto Portela Miguez,...
Natalie Cooper; Alexander Bond; Joshua L Davis; Roberto Portela Miguez et al. Collections Creative Commons Attribution

Birdwing Butterfly Collection

The Birdwing Butterfly collection comprises the records of all the pinned material of Ornithoptera, Trogonoptera and Troides at the Natural History Museum, London at the time of...
Peter Wing; Louise Allan; James Ayre; Maxwell Barclay et al. Collections Creative Commons CCZero

Images for the evaluation of automatic image segmentation algorithms

A collection of 804 jpeg images, each of one or more objects from the Natural History Museum's collections. All images are 4,096 pixels in width. These images can be used to...
Lawrence Hudson; Vladimir Blagoderov; Blanca Huertas; Laurence Livermore et al. Collections CC-BY-4.0

Papilionoidea New Types Digitisation Project

The Papilionoidea type collection comprises the records of recently acquired (~last 20 years) Papilionoidea type material held within a synoptic collection at the Natural...
Robyn Crowther; Louise Allan; Maxwell Barclay; Blanca Huertas Collections Creative Commons CCZero


The iCollections dataset comprises the records of all the British and Irish butterfly specimens in the entomological collections of the Natural History Museum, London....
Gordon L J Paterson; Sara Albuquerque; Vladimir Blagoderov; Stephen J Brooks et al. Collections CC0-1.0

Tropical Asian spiny Solanum

Specimen data used for the publication: Aubriot X, Knapp S (2022) A revision of the “spiny solanums” of Tropical Asia (Solanum subgenus Leptostemonum: Solanaceae).PhytoKeys, in...
Sandra Knapp; Xavier Aubriot Collections Open Data Commons Attribution License

NHM Devonian Stromatoporoidea Thin Section Collection

This collection includes 827 thin sections belonging to 54 worldwide taxa. Many of these thin section were prepared by H. Alleyne Nicholson.
Jiayuan Huang Collections Creative Commons Attribution

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