Volunteer Programme

The work of the conservation laboratory is greatly aided by its volunteers. Their work involves basic cleaning of specimens, re-packaging in conservation grade foams or tissue or making made-to-measure boxes. Many of the Museum’s specimens were packed in drawers using materials that degrade over time or produce acids that could damage the specimens. These materials were used before modern conservation grade materials were available.

All volunteer places are currently filled in the Conservation lab. Find out more about our vounteering opportunities here.


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

10:00 to 16:00 


For most people, the idea of finding old poo is disgusting, and the idea of dissecting it and sorting through it is even worse! Unless of course you’re a child of a certain age and the poo in question is dinosaur poo.

One of the questions most frequently asked by visitors to the Sedgwick Museum is what exactly are fossils and how do they form? This question also fascinated Agostino Scilla (1629-1700); an artist who lived in the Sicilian town of Messina during the 1600s. Scilla attempted to answer this question in his book La vana speculazione disingannata dal senso (Vain Speculation Undeceived by Sense), published in Naples in 1670.