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 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 17:00Saturday
10:00 to 16:00 Sunday
Mar 9, 2016
Reuniting our important rock collections under one roof
Much of the Sedgwick Museum’s working geological collections, central to the research of many in the department and wider community, are currently housed in cramped and difficult conditions in the Atlas Building on the West Cambridge site. This building, at one time used by Shorts for the refurbishment of aircraft bombers, is a rather dilapidated former commercial unit fast approaching the end of its useful life. The newly proposed Geological Collections Store will adjoin the A.G. Brighton Building (the Sedgwick Museum’s conservation unit) and vastly improve accessibility.
Mar 8, 2016
Mary Caroline McKenny Hughes (1860-1916) – promoter of geology for women in the University