How to use the site

The information in the geofinder database can be explored in a number of ways. You can search with words using the free text search option or you can browse by Specimen Type, Region, Period or Collector. Records which have digital images will be displayed first, followed by lists of the other items held in the collections. There are also links to descriptions of the main fossil groups found in the collections, if you want to find out more about ammonites for example, follow the links.

Viewing the collections

To make an appointment to view collections for research purposes, please contact Sunderland Museum through the main Sunderland Museums Website www.twmuseums.org.uk/sunderland, or the Hancock Museum through the main Hancock Website www.twmuseums.org.uk/hancock.

Please note, as the Hancock Museum is currently closed for redevelopment, viewing of collections is currently unavailable until 2009.

We hope you enjoy the site.