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Centre for Human Bioarchaeology

We were established in 2003 to curate and research human remains excavated within London. The majority of the archive is at the Museum of London and continues to expand through work carried out by archaeological contractors operating in London.

Image of a skull being installed in the Centre for Human Bioarchaeology.

Human remains are installed for display in the Museum of London.

Our collections

The Museum of London curates over 20,000 archaeologically derived human skeletal remains, excavated in advance of construction or development work, in the City and Greater London area. Our work is governed by our policy document. Remains date from the Prehistoric to Post-medieval periods, and their study provides a unique insight into one of the world's oldest cities. Information about the human remains curated by the Centre, and research data from the many cemetery sites are available online, from the Wellcome Osteological Research Database.

Contact us

Centre for Human Bioarchaeology
Museum of London
150 London Wall
London EC2Y 5HN
United Kingdom

email: [email protected]
tel: 020 7814 5649

The Centre's staff can be contacted to discuss:

  • database queries
  • information about the skeletal material recorded on the Wellcome Osteological Research Database (WORD).
  • research at St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street, London

Opening hours

The Centre for Human Bioarchaeology is currently closed to researchers.


At the current time, the Centre is unable to support intern/studentships or work placements, and has no volunteer vacancies. Vacancies are listed on the Museum of London jobs page.