The Palaeontology Department cares for many important collections linked to major characters in the history of palaeontology.
Highlights featuring brachiopods:
- Sowerby Collection, consisting of specimens illustrated in the Mineral Conchology.
- William Smith Collection, containing specimens associated with his pioneering mapping of Britain.
- Sir Charles Darwin Collection of specimens collected from South America during the voyage of HMS Beagle.
- Davidson Collection