Collections Enquiries

**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.**

Requests for specimen information

Our research collections are not currently available to search online. If you would like information about what we have please contact us and we can search our collections database and send you a list of relevant material. Not all of our collections are presently catalogued, but we will do our best to find the information you require. Please allow 20 working days for us to respond to your enquiry; completing your request may take longer.

General information about our different Museum collections can be found here.

  • An online catalogue of our British type fossils is now available here. You can see photographs and 3D digital models of many of our fossils.

Some useful information you could provide to help us in our search for paleontology enquiries:

  • Identification - With any synonyms or re-identifications you may be aware of.
  • Specimen number – If known. Sometimes listed in publication with the prefix SM or CAMSM.
  • Bibliographic reference – Author, date, title and name of publication if the specimen has been figured or mentioned.
  • Geological dating – Chronostratigraphic, lithostratigraphic or biostratigraphic dating.
  • Locality.
  • Collector or Collection.

To request specimen information or for further details please contact us. 



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Aug 13, 2019

This summer, young visitors to some of our UCM museums have the opportunity to participate in an exciting artist-led treasure hunt. Hidden Tales: the Riddle of the White Sphinx, created by Mark Wells and Sorrel May, and illustrated by Jennifer Bell encourages families to explore our museums in a different way... Author Mark Wells tells all here.


Jul 12, 2019

Fifty years ago, Cambridge mineralogist, Dr Stuart Agrell was given VIP treatment and a police escort after flying into Heathrow from the USA because he was carrying a bag full of very precious rock material. The samples were amongst the most expensive ever collected as they had been retrieved from the moon by two of the American Apollo 11 mission astronauts. The programme of their investigation was a remarkable and unprecedented example of international scientific collaboration, which still continues.

Stuart Agrell on the underground with a carpet bag of rocks from the Apollo 11 missionGuess what I’ve got in my bag? 50 years ago, Cambridge mineralogist, Stuart Agrell nonchalantly carried some of the most valuable rocks ever collected back to Cambridge in his holdall. (© Mirrorpix, reproduced with permission)