This website is intended to let users search for data and object records from HMS Challenger’s voyage of discovery. Additionally it contains background information on the voyage, the scientists and the contributing institutions. It also includes an overview of the project that produced this website.

Finding and using content

Where can I find out about the project, voyage, scientists and institutions that now hold the collections?

All of these are under the About link

How do I contact a contributing organisation?

Each organisation has its own page under About. Simply find the organisation and click on the contact link.

How do I contact the HMS Challenger Project Team?

If you need to contact the team at RAMM please use the Contact form.

Can I use content for my own purposes?

The main website is licensed under RAMM’s Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International Creative Commons licence.

Each institution has its own copyright and licence terms on its content. You can see these on the institution’s About page and on each of their records. Please ensure you follow the correct licence.


What does the main search do?

The main general search includes all the collections and website pages. It does not allow any filtering.

How do I use the search options?

You can use the text fields and drop down boxes to narrow down your search. This gives fewer but more relevant results and can save you scrolling through a long list of search results.

For help with the filters in the search options click or mouse-over the small question marks next to the filters.

The first tab searches across all collections. The zoology, botany and geology tabs limit the search to those parts of the collections.

How do I search by the map?

The map shows the stations that HMS Challenger took samples and specimens from. Double-click on these to show all the specimens collected from each station. Where the information is present there is a location map on each record.

Using My Challenger

What is My Challenger?

This lets you save records that are of interest to you. It saves you having to search for favourite records and lets you export data if you need to. 

All you need to do is create an account with your email address and a password of your choice and then you will see links on each record which say 'add to My Challenger'. These will then appear together once you click on the My Challenger tab at the top of the page. 

From here, to view the details of a record, make sure that once it is highlighted, you click on View Selected Item or View All Items. You will now be able to click on a record and see the details.

To export the records as a CSV file, on the My Challenger page, highlight the records you want to export and simply click on Export to CSV, located about your records.

The project team and contributing content

Who is behind the project?

The John Ellerman Foundation funded the project and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter lead it. It was supported by the Natural History Museum and many institutions contributed to the collections content.

I have HMS Challenger content – how can I contribute it?

In the first instance contact the project team at RAMM via the Contact page (found at the bottom of the home page).