Young people

The Museum is passionate about working with young people to help create the next generation of natural historians and scientists.

Join our Youth Forum

The Museum’s Youth Forum is a group of young people aged 14 to 19 who are involved in designing and setting up activities and events. They work with the public and create opportunities for other young people to engage with the Museum. Youth Forum members have the opportunity to meet experts behind the scenes and are involved in planning new developments, including exhibitions.

The group meets the first Saturday morning of each month from 10am to 12pm. For more information please email



Get involved with our science

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Research placements

The Museum hosts research placements during the summer holiday for 16 to 19 year olds. Projects can cover a wide range of disciplines supported by specimens from the Earth and Life collections. Previous project titles include 'Can morphological traits predict behaviour or habitat?' and 'Investigating the Evolution of Flight'. Applications should be submitted by the end of March. Contact for more information.

Young naturalists

Natural History Investigators

Each year, the Museum runs a club for key stage 4 students. Investigators interested in the natural world have an opportunity to pursue an extended project of their choice. Investigators meet on Saturdays from 10.30am to 12.30pm for ten weeks. Investigators have access to special Museum objects and experts in the field. Investigators can submit their work for a British Science Association CREST award. For more information about the next course and an application form contact

Secondary school study days

Each year, the Museum hosts a number of study days for Key Stages 4 to 5 (and Christmas lectures for Key Stage 3). Here are the sessions we have planned for 2019. We'll update this page with more information closer to the event. 

Lower Cambrian of Ella Ø, North-East Greenland

KS4/5 Geography – Let’s Talk About Climate; Tuesday 8th October 10am to 3pm


KS4 Science – First Animals, Wednesday 20th November, 10am to 4pm

Betsy Tyler Bell

KS5 Biology – First Animals, Friday 22nd November, 10am to 3pm

Rocks at the Museum of Natural History in Oxford

KS5 Earth Science – Rocks and Fossils, Wednesday 27th November, 10am to 3pm

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KS5 Biology – Inside Cells Wednesday 4th December, 10am to 3pm

Advent Calendar

KS3 Christmas Science Lectures (10am until midday) Every day between Monday 9th December to Friday 13th December

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