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Research

Key information

Research at the Museum drives the care, display and understanding of the collection and helps people to learn, understand and be inspired by human history through objects.

Museum staff carry out research all over the world, often collaborating with others 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 and scientific investigations. 

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. 

Discover the breadth of our research, learn about our research studentships, and find out about the books and other publications that come from our research.

You can also use Collection online, the study rooms and the Library and Archive for your own research.