Young people

The Museum is passionate about working with young people to help create the next generation of natural scientists.

Join our Youth Forum

The Museum’s Youth Forum is a group of young people aged 14 to 19 who are involved in designing and setting up activities and events. They work with the public and create opportunities for other young people to engage with the Museum. Youth Forum members have the opportunity to meet experts behind the scenes and are involved in planning new developments, including exhibitions.

The group meets the first Saturday morning of each month from 10am to 12pm. For more information please email


Research placements

The Museum hosts research placements during the summer holiday for 16 to 19 year olds. Projects can cover a wide range of disciplines supported by specimens from the Earth and Life collections. Previous project titles include 'Can morphological traits predict behaviour or habitat?' and 'Investigating the Evolution of Flight'. Applications should be submitted by the end of March. Contact for more information.

Natural History Investigators

Each year, the Museum runs a club for key stage 4 students. Investigators interested in the natural world have an opportunity to pursue an extended project of their choice. Investigators meet on Saturdays from 10.30am to 12.30pm for ten weeks. Investigators have access to special Museum objects and experts in the field. Investigators can submit their work for a British Science Association CREST award. For more information about the next course and an application form contact

Find out more about Investigators.

Visit the Museum with your school

We run taught sessions as well as self-guided visits

Primary Schools

Secondary Schools