Watch the video to learn about the importance of our historical images and the state-of-the-art imaging used today.
See historic and contemporary natural history art in the gallery
From a dodo painting inspired by current science to the trends in natural history illustration, you can explore our natural history art collection and expertise in these online videos.
All the videos, excluding the squid in ink, are shown at the kiosks in the Images of Nature gallery. You can see many of the artworks featured during your visit.
Find out how artists and image makers have worked with scientists to describe and record the natural world since the 17th century.
Find out about wood-block printing and engraving with illustrator Chris Wormell, who was inspired by the work of the 19th-century artist Thomas Bewick.
Museum entomologist Chris Lyal explores the work of Mark Ines Russell and in particular his striking weevil art.
Printmaker Katrina van Grouw tells us about the art of metal-plate engraving and the illustrator Sydney Parkinson.
Artist and palaeontologist Dr Julian Hume gives us a modern interpretation of Roelandt Savery’s 17th-century iconic painting of the dodo.
Discover how the image and reconstruction of the classic dodo body shape has changed through scientific research with dodo expert Dr Julian Pender Hume.
Find out about the flora and fauna of Mauritius and why so many creatures like the dodo became extinct when humans arrived there.
Watch artist Alice Shirley create a life-size illustration of well-known Museum specimen, Archie the giant squid, using fresh squid ink.
Fly through a hammerhead shark’s nostril to investigate water flow in this micro-CT scan of a 3D model of a shark’s head.