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:
General conditions of loan: Download here
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.
The possibility that the extinction of the dinosaurs 66 million years ago may have been caused by the eruption of the Deccan lavas in India has been increased by new research, published in the Geological Society of America Bulletin (doi:10.1130/B31167.1).
A view of the Mahabaleshwar escarpment in the western Ghats, India. Just a small part of the 3.6 km thick pile of lavas that flooded over the Deccan region of India some 66 million years ago? (photo copyright Dr Sally Gibson, Dept. Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge)