Natural History Museum Celebrates Pioneering Digital and Science Collaboration with National University of Singapore’s Lee Kong Chian Museum of Natural History

Facilitated by the Museum, this project will launch the digital collection of the Lee Kong Chian Museum of Natural History and set a precedent for future like-minded collaborations

· An event held at the Museum on Wednesday August 10 in the presence of the Director of the Museum, Dr. Doug Gurr, and the Speaker of the Parliament of Singapore and Chairman of the Advisory Committee of the Natural History Museum Lee Kong Chian, Mr. Tan Chuan-Jin , marked the beginning of this project

The Natural History Museum today celebrated its partnership with the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) at the National University of Singapore. Representatives from both parties met at the Museum’s world-renowned galleries to launch an international digitization collaboration that will mobilize a wealth of data on Singapore’s scientific, geological and environmental history.

Fossils and artefacts collected during Britain’s early voyages to Singapore, including the first Singaporean primate, bird and insect to be collected and cataloged for scientific purposes, will be included in this five-year digitization project which hopes inspire similar collaborations around the world.

Other star specimens include field notes and fossils collected by Singapore’s first female geologist, Frances Elizabeth Somerville Alexander (1908-1958), whose wartime work was important for the development of radar waves and radio in scientific applications, and a Ichthyophis specimen, considered one of the rarest amphibians in Singapore, currently known with certainty only from the museum specimen.

Museum director Dr Doug Gurr said: “This partnership is a natural fit for our respective institutions who act as stewards of the natural world. The benefits of a collaborative digitization and science project of this scale are immense and transcend the realms of culture, education, public awareness and heritage. By sharing the wonders of the Collection, together we can inspire the next generation of Earth Defenders. The Museum is delighted to work with its Singaporean partner on this pioneering project.

Colleagues from LKCNHM will continue to visit the South Kensington Museum to work alongside our scientists and curators to investigate a wide range of Singaporean artifacts. Not only will the team gather high-resolution images and scientific data with access to a variety of analytical techniques such as CT scans and X-rays, but they will also seek out prior documents that can help contextualize the natural history material on topics such as biodiversity. , conservation, ecology, population genetics and the distant past.

Associate Professor Darren Yeo, Director of LKCNHM, said: “This opportunity is significant as we embark on something never before done internationally – a donor-funded effort that aims to deepen our research ties by making Singapore’s historical biodiversity data freely available to the world, and at the same time mobilize this data for bilateral research between our museums.

Data collected through the SIGNIFY project will then be available through online portals, including the museum’s data portal and the project’s website,

SIGNIFY is the clearinghouse for Singapore’s natural history museums around the world.


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The Natural History Museumis both a world-renowned scientific research center and the most visited indoor attraction in the UK last year. With a vision of a future in which people and the planet thrive, he is uniquely positioned to be a powerful champion for balancing the needs of humanity with those of the natural world.

It is the custodian of one of the world’s largest scientific collections comprising over 80 million specimens accessed by researchers around the world both in person and through over 30 billion digital data downloads to date. The Museum’s 350 scientists are finding solutions to the planetary emergency, from the loss of biodiversity to the sustainable extraction of natural resources.

The Museum uses its global reach and influence to fulfill its mission to create Earth Defenders – to inform, inspire and empower everyone to make a difference for nature. We welcome millions of visitors through our doors each year, our website received 17 million visits last year and our traveling exhibitions have been viewed by approximately 20 million people over the past 10 years.

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