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



Dec 1, 2018

Sir John Franklin’s ill-fated expedition to the North-West Passage has often been in the news ever since he left England on the 19th May, 1845 never to return. Successive searches throughout the 19th century eventually found artefacts and human remains. But it was not until 2014 the wreck of Franklin’s ship, HMS Erebus was found and two years later the wreck of HMS Terror. Now the extraordinary story of HMS Erebus is receiving new publicity thanks to the publication of Michael Palin’s new book – ‘Erebus : the story of a ship’. Whilst the earliest searches did not find any traces of Franklin and his crew, one of them, led by Captain Kellett did find a superb mammoth tusk, which is now part of the Sedgwick Museum’s Ice Age display.


Nov 29, 2018

The Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, the oldest of the University of Cambridge museums, has appointed its first full-time director.