Loans of Museum specimens are available for scientific research and exhibitions, subject to the Museum’s Loans Out Policy.
Anyone wishing to borrow specimens must sign an Outgoing Loan Agreement, which must be returned to the Museum before a loan can be made.
For exhibition loans you will also be required to supply a Facilities Report detailing the environmental and security conditions of your exhibition space.

When requesting a loan please supply us with the following information:

  • Details of the required object(s), including the object number and brief description.
  • Name, address and contact details of borrower.
  • Name and status of individual making request.
  • Purpose of loan and, if intended for exhibition, the scope of the exhibition and details of all venues.
  • Proposed dates of the loan.
  • A brief statement of the indemnity or insurance provisions which will be made.

General conditions of loan: Download here

Objects not available for loan:

We will endeavour to meet your request if at all possible, but not all of our specimens are currently available for loan. As we continue retrospective documentation we hope to make more of our collections available in the future. We apologise for any inconvenience caused if the object(s) you request cannot be loaned at this time.

Type fossils

Type fossils will not normally be loaned out. To arrange a research visit to study our type collections please contact us. Further information about our type collections, including many photographs and 3D digital models can be found here.

To request a loan or for further information please contact us.

Monday to Friday
10:00 to 13:00 & 14:00 to 17:00

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Aug 4, 2015

The way that some of Earth’s earliest large multi-celled organisms reproduced is turning out to be surprisingly complex according to new research.

Jul 28, 2015

The Sedgwick Museum recently acquired an exciting new specimen of Jurassic fish Leedichthys problematicum, the biggest bony fish that ever lived!