Loans

Loans of Museum specimens are available for scientific research and exhibitions, subject to the Museum’s Loans Out Policy.
Anyone wishing to borrow specimens must sign an Outgoing Loan Agreement, which must be returned to the Museum before a loan can be made.
For exhibition loans you will also be required to supply a Facilities Report detailing the environmental and security conditions of your exhibition space.

When requesting a loan please supply us with the following information:

  • Details of the required object(s), including the object number and brief description.
  • Name, address and contact details of borrower.
  • Name and status of individual making request.
  • Purpose of loan and, if intended for exhibition, the scope of the exhibition and details of all venues.
  • Proposed dates of the loan.
  • A brief statement of the indemnity or insurance provisions which will be made.

General conditions of loan: Download here

Objects not available for loan:

We will endeavour to meet your request if at all possible, but not all of our specimens are currently available for loan. As we continue retrospective documentation we hope to make more of our collections available in the future. We apologise for any inconvenience caused if the object(s) you request cannot be loaned at this time.

Type fossils

Type fossils will not normally be loaned out. To arrange a research visit to study our type collections please contact us. Further information about our type collections, including many photographs and 3D digital models can be found here.

To request a loan or for further information please contact us.




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

Saturday
10:00 to 16:00 

Sunday
CLOSED



Aug 13, 2019

This summer, young visitors to some of our UCM museums have the opportunity to participate in an exciting artist-led treasure hunt. Hidden Tales: the Riddle of the White Sphinx, created by Mark Wells and Sorrel May, and illustrated by Jennifer Bell encourages families to explore our museums in a different way... Author Mark Wells tells all here.


Jul 12, 2019

Fifty years ago, Cambridge mineralogist, Dr Stuart Agrell was given VIP treatment and a police escort after flying into Heathrow from the USA because he was carrying a bag full of very precious rock material. The samples were amongst the most expensive ever collected as they had been retrieved from the moon by two of the American Apollo 11 mission astronauts. The programme of their investigation was a remarkable and unprecedented example of international scientific collaboration, which still continues.

Stuart Agrell on the underground with a carpet bag of rocks from the Apollo 11 missionGuess what I’ve got in my bag? 50 years ago, Cambridge mineralogist, Stuart Agrell nonchalantly carried some of the most valuable rocks ever collected back to Cambridge in his holdall. (© Mirrorpix, reproduced with permission)