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Research at the Museum drives the care, display and understanding of the collection.

Museum staff carry out research all over the world, challenging existing concepts of the past, through new and collaborative forms of knowledge creation and using cutting edge technology. Research projects cover a wide variety of academic disciplines and can involve archaeological excavation, studies of museum collections, working with craftspeople, understanding our visitors, conservation and scientific investigations.

Our research depends on partnerships and collaborations across the world and throughout the United Kingdom. Spanning two million years of global history, all of our research starts with objects – things that people have made and used – from ancient flint tools found at the oldest ancient human site in Northern Europe to contemporary Middle Eastern art, helping people to learn, understand and be inspired by human history.