Access the collection

There is a large demand for access to the Museum's rock collections. Our material is of particular interest to igneous petrologists and other researchers because many specimens originate from distant or difficult-to-reach locations.

We are happy to make hand specimens and thin sections available for study, or to provide small off-cuts of rock for sectioning or chemical analysis.

Approximately 60 per cent of the collection has been catalogued in our mineralogy collection database. 

Contact us

Collections manager
David Smith, Curator.
Mr David Smith

Petrology curator in the Earth Sciences department.

Contact information

David Smith 
Collections manager 
The Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road
London
SW7 5BD

Tel: +44 (0)20 7942 5163
Email