Egyptian mummy mask, The Department of Scientific Research

Scientific study of the British Museum collection

Please note the external examination process is currently suspended due to coronavirus.

You can still submit your applications as advised but there is no fixed date for the next panel meeting.

The Museum remains closed to the public and to back-of-house staff. If your request to carry out scientific examination of the Museum collection was approved before the lockdown, there may also be a significant delay in accessing the collection following the reopening of the Museum. We will provide updates as soon as possible.


Find out how to apply to access collection material for external scientific research. 

The Museum makes its collection available for scientific examination and analysis by external researchers. Details of how to apply are explained below. 

Application process