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Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences


Bring earth science teaching to life with one of our loans boxes. All boxes are free to borrow and available for up to three weeks at a time. You must be able to collect and retun them to the Museum.

Please make sure you read and follow our guidelines before using the boxes. 


Book a loans box

What can I borrow?

Mary Anning box

Our Mary Anning loans box is packed with real fossils, activities and facts to support classroom teaching. Access the free Mary Anning Padlet for activities to go alongside the box.

Available from 2nd November (fully booked Jan 2025)

Big Box of Rocks

Nineteen rocks and minerals representing a wide range of ages, rock types and textures. Fantastic for supporting teaching of the Rock Cycle as well as all sorts of activities including sorting, classification, observational drawing and creative writing. 

Available from 2nd September

Fantastic Fossils box

Twenty two fossils representing a wide range of species and ages. Fantastic for all sorts of activities including collection analysis, sorting, classification, observation and creative writing.

Available from 2nd September

Dinosaur box

A set of eight fossil replicas from some of the most well-known dinosaurs. The box includes some basic fact sheets and is perfect for a hands-on session before a trip to the Museum. 

Available from 2nd September.

Fossil Rubbings box

This set of fossil replicas is for making rubbings using wax crayons. This is an excellent activity for early years. Use them for practising fine motor skills and exploring textures in the natural environment.

Available from 25th September

Story boxes

Two loans boxes for Early Years developed in partnership with Brunswick Nursery School and Homerton Early Years Centre in Cambridge. Based around books, they contain creative activities and objects for handling, including mineral specimens and fossil casts. The boxes include notes for teachers on EYC links and ideas for creative play and storytelling.


Based on the book “Boy” by James Mayhew. Boy's cave is cold. Can he find somewhere warm to sleep? Join him on his prehistoric adventure to find out! 

Available from 2nd September

Hot, Hot, Hot

Based on the book “Oscar and Arabella: Hot, Hot, Hot” by Neal Layton. Meet two woolly mammoths who don't like hot weather: and find out what they do about it! 

Available from 2nd September

Museum Opening Times

Monday - Friday: 10am - 5pm

Saturday: 10am - 4pm

Sunday: Closed

Admission Free

No booking required (except groups)