Schools and teachers: Key Stage 5

The sessions offer students the opportunity to handle Museum specimens and take part in a range of object-based activities involving group-work and discussion.

In addition to the workshops listed below we are happy to tailor sessions for your students and curriculum needs. Please contact us on

Sessions can be combined with a visit to the Botanic Garden or the Museum of the History of Science

Biodiversity and Evolution
Students handle and compare Museum specimens to explore the connection between taxonomy, classification and phylogeny. This is related to principles of natural selection, evolution and speciation across the natural world. ‘Biodiversity and Evolution’ teacher sheet

A Level students in the lab

A question of taste: using PCR to investigate human evolution
In this workshop students learn something new about themselves. The workshop gives students the chance to analyse and compare their version of a bitter taste receptor gene (their genotype) to their ability to taste PTC (their phenotype). Students learn about molecular biology techniques by using research-quality equipment. ‘A Question of Taste’ teacher sheet

Museum study days
The programme for each day includes talks from research scientists and hands-on activities related to the theme.

STEM Research Placements
The Museum hosts STEM Research Placements in our Life and Earth collections in the fields of zoology, entomology and geology. Projects cover a wide range of disciplines from collections based curation and research to insect ecology and ecosystem services. Previous project titles include “Darwin's Insects in the Hope Entomological Collections”, “Burchell’s African Insect Collection” and “Dung Beetle Ecology”. All our STEM Research Placements are coordinated by Science Oxford.

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