Identification Service

Found a rock, fossil or mineral? Bring it to the Museum and we'll identify it for you, free of charge.

Please phone ahead to check that someone is available to look at your specimen and discuss it with you. If it's something unusual, we may ask you to leave it with us for a few days so we can find out more information before making an identification. Please note that on Saturdays we cannot guarantee that the relevant member of staff will be on duty.

Alternatively you can email us with the details of your specimen. Please send good quality photographs taken from different angles and using a ruler for scale so that we know how big it is. It is also very useful to know where you found the specimen.

Please note we do not offer a valuation service for specimens.




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

Saturday
10:00 to 16:00 

Sunday
CLOSED



Oct 8, 2014

As part of the Museum's new exciting project arising from the recent award from Arts Council England Designation Development Fund, a project conservator, Rachel Howie, has been working on some of the Museum's most prized specimens with the aim of enhancing digital access to these special objects.


Sep 5, 2014

One of the most iconic of Cambrian age fossils from the famous Burgess Shale is a little (3.5 cm long) creature called Hallucigenia, which has been the subject of considerable controversy for several decades. Now, researchers, Martin Smith and Javier Ortega-Hernandez from the Department of Earth Sciences have reinvestigated this strange creature and its relationship to other animals.