Research Facilities

The following facilities are available for visiting researchers to use:

  • Basic photography set-up: copy stand; lighting; black or white backgrounds.
  • Stereo dissecting binocular microscope for hand specimens.
  • Optical transmitted light microscope for thin sections.
  • Specimen trolley, safety barriers & power supply for working out on the public galleries.
  • Lab benches for laying out specimens.
  • Wifi internet access and/or computer access for checking emails, bibliographic references etc.
  • Car parking space.

The collections are split between several sites a few miles apart. Each building has slightly different facilities available. Please contact us with your requirements prior to your visit and we will do our best to fulfil your needs.

To arrange a research visit to study our collections please contact us.

    



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

Saturday
10:00 to 16:00 

Sunday
CLOSED



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.


Jul 30, 2014

A new project is underway at Cambridge’s oldest museum, the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences. Funding from Arts Council England’s ‘Designation Development Fund’ is enabling the Museum to make some of its most historically important specimens available to visitors for the first time as high-quality, interactive digital 3D objects.