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



May 22, 2015

A weird group of ancient but surviving carnivorous worms, known as priapulids, which live in burrows on the seabed, evolved a remarkable method of capturing their prey – they can turn their hook-lined throat region inside out through the mouth to form a very effective grappling iron for capturing their prey.


May 19, 2015

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).