The archive collections are available to access, but as many of the records are not catalogued only a brief box list may exist. If the Archivist is working on a collection, it may be closed whilst essential listing or preservation work is being carried out. Please get in touch for further information.

Some records may also be closed in order to comply with the Data Protection Act, 1998 (DPA). Providing access to information is a priority, but staff have a duty to provide individuals with a degree of privacy and must comply with the law.

Finding Aids

An inventory spreadsheet and box-lists are available for some of the Archive collections. Please contact staff at the Museum for further information.

Collection level descriptions were written during the Archive project, 2010-2011. These can be accessed on-line via the Archives Hub website. This is a national gateway to the holdings of archives in UK universities and colleges.

Visiting Us

Members of the public are very welcome to visit the Archive. We offer:

• Free Parking.
• Disabled Access (lift available).
• Toilets & kitchen facilities.

A University café to purchase drinks and sandwiches is nearby.


It is necessary to make an appointment to use the material (at least two weeks in advance) as some periods may be restricted owing to prior bookings, special events, and the availability of staff.

Please contact the Archivist, Sandra Freshney to make an appointment, or if you would like further information about the collections before planning a visit.

Users will be required to sign an application form to say that they will follow the rules and safe handling guidelines in place, and adhere to copyright law(s). One form of identification is required.

Opening Hours

• Monday-Friday 10am-5pm.
• Closed weekends, Christmas and Bank Holidays.

The Archive may be closed at other times so please contact staff before making a visit.

Address and Directions:
Geological Conservation Unit [Brighton Building]
Bullard Laboratories
Department of Earth Sciences
Madingley Rise
Madingley Road
CB3 0EZ,0.094710,17

The Madingley Road Park and Ride is a 15 minute walk from the Brighton Building.
There are also local buses (Stagecoach Citi 4 and Whippet U4) which stop nearby.


Nov 7, 2017

Dr Elizabeth Harper has been appointed Acting Director of the Sedgwick Museum following the retirement of Dr Ken McNamara.

Oct 30, 2017

Celebrating 100 years since John Edward Marr (1857-1933) became the 9th Woodwardian Professor, Monday 30th October: Visit our online Archive gallery