The section operates an international loan service, including the loan of type specimens. We will only loan to institutions and not to individuals. Individuals should seek affiliation with their local museum or university to facilitate loans on their behalf. We retain the right to refuse any loan if we are not in any way satisfied with the security of our material. Low-grade material can be loaned for teaching purposes to educational bodies. All loans enquiries should be directed through the Collection Manager, Harriet Wood.

Identification services

The section as part of a public-funded institution will carry out identifications free of charge subject to status. We reserve the right to decline this service if the request is unreasonable, e.g. too large, too time-consuming, or because we lack relevant expertise. The section will undertake identifications on a commercial basis under contract. Prospective clients should detail the project and request costed proposals from a member of section staff.


We encourage committed volunteers who wish to gain experience in an area of curatorial or malacological interest. There is limited space for these placements, and volunteers need to be able to attend the section on a regular basis. Please contact us if you're interesting in helping out.

  • National Museum Cardiff

    National Museum Cardiff

    Discover art, natural history and geology. With a busy programme of exhibitions and events, we have something to amaze everyone, whatever your interest – and admission is free!

  • St Fagans National History Museum

    St Fagans

    St Fagans is one of Europe's foremost open-air museums and Wales's most popular heritage attraction.

  • Big Pit National Coal Museum

    Big Pit

    Big Pit is a real coal mine and one of Britain's leading mining museums. With facilities to educate and entertain all ages, Big Pit is an exciting and informative day out.

  • National Wool Museum

    National Wool Museum

    Located in the historic former Cambrian Mills, the Museum is a special place with a spellbinding story to tell.

  • National Roman Legion Museum

    National Roman Legion Museum

    In AD 75, the Romans built a fortress at Caerleon that would guard the region for over 200 years. Today at the National Roman Legion Museum you can learn what made the Romans a formidable force and how life wouldn't be the same without them.

  • National Slate Museum

    National Slate Museum

    The National Slate Museum offers a day full of enjoyment and education in a dramatically beautiful landscape on the shores of Llyn Padarn.

  • National Waterfront Museum

    National Waterfront Museum

    The National Waterfront Museum at Swansea tells the story of industry and innovation in Wales, now and over the last 300 years.

  • Rhagor: Explore our collections

    Rhagor (Welsh for ‘more’) offers unprecedented access to the amazing stories that lie behind our collections.