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

10:00 to 16:00 


Oct 30, 2015

Stripping the Land Bare - Framing and Glazing of William Smith's 1815 Geological Map of England and Wales

Oct 16, 2015

Stripping the land bare - conservation and restoration of William Smith's 1815 Geological map of England and Wales.