In August 2019, the Isle of Wight was designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve; reflecting its work promoting solutions that reconcile the conservation of biodiversity with its sustainable use. As part of Lift the Lid on Island Culture, Julie Myers worked with communities in West Wight to explore what thisRead More →

Today’s young people in schools will become tomorrow’s creative innovators, devising lifestyle solutions that help cut global carbon emissions to zero by 2050. At the beginning of a new decade, we have started experimenting with using heritage collections and linked resources on The Earth Museum to support classroom-based learning aboutRead More →

There are a number of penguin species on the Antarctic continent. Perhaps the most famous are the Emperor Penguins, standing over 1m high. Ever since the first explorers reached the Antarctic, they have been the subject of human fascination and study. The Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge includes, withinRead More →

Antarctica is a place of international scientific research where curious minds brave the elements to discover more about the history of our planet. There are many secrets frozen in the thick white ice-sheets which cover this continent. Find out more by reading this story. The recent crash of a ChileanRead More →

Many museum collections include animal taxonomy specimens killed in the last few centuries by explorers and hunters before the importance of animal conservation became recognized. The London Natural History Museum collections include a Mountain Gorilla collected from the Lake Kivu area of the Democractic Republic of Congo, most likely inRead More →

The polar bear is at risk because its amazing habitat is literally melting as the planet warms. ‘Historically, straits and fjords should be choked with ice or totally frozen and travel should be impossible. But not of late and not this year. Instead we had nearly total freedom to roamRead More →

Our second story is dedicated to the maned three-toed sloth. It spends most of its life in the branches of trees, either hanging upside down or sitting in a fork. It is the most threatened sloth species, because it is only found in the Atlantic coastal rainforest of Brazil; aRead More →

October’s stories are inspired by Global Climate Change Week 2019, 14th-20th October. The Week originated at the University of Wollongong, Australia, and is now in its fifth year. It provides an open-ended framework for voluntary activities aimed at raising awareness, inspiring behaviour change and driving political transformation in relation toRead More →

In September 2016, the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter launched the HMS Challenger collections website.   Their website brings together all the known specimens collected by HMS Challenger during its scientific expedition to explore the world’s oceans from 1872 to 1876. Funded by the John Ellerman Foundation, it is aRead More →