Founded in 1860 as the centre for scientific study at the University of Oxford, the Museum of Natural History now holds the University’s internationally significant collections of entomological, geological and zoological specimens. Housed in a stunning example of neo-Gothic architecture, the Museum’s growing collections underpin a broad programme of natural environment research, teaching and public engagement.
This blog documents a year of closure to the public, in 2013, while the original glass-tiled roof is stripped, cleaned and reinstalled to prevent rainwater from leaking into the courts, as it has for many years. During this time the blog will give readers a window into some of the work taking place in the Museum, behind the scenes and in various departments, as well as documenting the roof work itself. We will also reveal other special plans for the year and our reopening in 2014.