Situated in the Zoology Building, the Zoology Museum cares for an extensive range of material, worldwide in scope, which covers the whole of the animal kingdom, from protozoa to the great whales. The permanent displays of vertebrate and invertebrate material are complemented by changing temporary exhibitions.
The collections are the result of over 200 years of teaching and research activities of staff and students and by the gifts of graduates and friends of the University.
The museum contains around 75,000 specimens. One of these collections is of skeletal material, including scientifically important whale limbs relating to Darwin's Theory of Evolution. Also anatomical models, including examples from the major 19th century model makers like Auzox, Brendel and Osterloh. The most significant being around 40 glass models of marine invertebrates by Blaschka.
Funding from the Museum Recognition Capital Fund will improve the displays of the Zoology Museum. The project aims to preserve the museum’s original taxonomic organisation with some tidying up of case layout, and will add an introductory display about evolutionary biology to make the interpretation of the collections more accessible.
There will also be improvements to the lighting of the galleries and display cases and storage to improve the care of the collection.