Access

**Please note that access to our West Cambridge site may be affected from Monday 22nd October for the next 40 weeks due to building works. Please contact Museum staff for more information before planning your visit. Apologies for any inconvenience cause.**

The Archive Collections are available to access but currently only brief box-lists may be available. If staff are working on a collection, it may be closed whilst essential listing or preservation work is being carried out. Please contact staff for more information before planning your visit.  

Providing access to information is a priority, but staff have a duty to provide individuals with a degree of privacy and must comply with the law. Therefore some records may also be closed in order to comply with the Data Protection Act, 2018. 

Finding Aids
An inventory spreadsheet and box-lists are available for some of the Archive collections. Please contact staff at the Museum for further information.

Collection level descriptions can be accessed on the Archives Hub. This is a national gateway to the holdings of archives in UK universities and colleges.
There are also descriptions on APE - Archive Portal Europe

Visiting Us
Members of the public are welcome to visit the Archive. We offer:
• Free car parking on site
• Full access for wheelchair users (lift to all public areas)
• Wi-Fi internet access
• Kitchen and rest area
• Café facilities nearby

Appointments

It is necessary to make an appointment to use the material (at least two weeks in advance) as some periods may be restricted owing to prior bookings, special events, and the availability of staff.

Please contact the Archivist, Sandra Freshney to make an appointment, or if you would like further information about the collections before planning a visit.

Users will be required to sign an application form to say that they will follow the rules and safe handling guidelines in place, and adhere to Copyright Law(s). One form of identification is required.

Opening Hours
• Monday-Friday 10am-5pm.
• Closed weekends, Christmas and Bank Holidays.
The Archive may be closed at other times so please contact staff before making a visit.

Address and Directions:
Geological Conservation Unit [Brighton Building]
Bullard Laboratories
Department of Earth Sciences
Madingley Rise
Madingley Road
Cambridge
CB3 0EZ 
http://map.cam.ac.uk/A.+G.+Brighton+Building#52.215863,0.094710,17

Local buses (Stagecoach Citi 4 and Whippet U) stop on Madingley Road and JJ Thomson Avenue. 
Madingley Road Park and Ride is a 15 minute walk away. 



Dec 20, 2018

How do you get thirty-six 8-11yr olds excited about science in museums? Give them a ‘crime scene’ and skills to solve the crime.


Dec 1, 2018

Sir John Franklin’s ill-fated expedition to the North-West Passage has often been in the news ever since he left England on the 19th May, 1845 never to return. Successive searches throughout the 19th century eventually found artefacts and human remains. But it was not until 2014 the wreck of Franklin’s ship, HMS Erebus was found and two years later the wreck of HMS Terror. Now the extraordinary story of HMS Erebus is receiving new publicity thanks to the publication of Michael Palin’s new book – ‘Erebus : the story of a ship’. Whilst the earliest searches did not find any traces of Franklin and his crew, one of them, led by Captain Kellett did find a superb mammoth tusk, which is now part of the Sedgwick Museum’s Ice Age display.