Collections

 

A printable PDF ‘Guide to the Archive collections’ is available here. This is updated annually.

Archive records include:

  • Papers, correspondence, and original manuscript catalogues relating to the historical specimen collections in the Museum and its stores. These include catalogues written by Dr John Woodward (1665-1728), whose collections of fossils were bequeathed to the University after his death.
  • The papers of those who helped establish the Sedgwick Museum and/or were curators and directors. These include:
                       o Thomas McKenny Hughes (1833-1917)
                       o Albert ‘Bertie’ Brighton (1901-1988)
                       o Stuart Olof Agrell (1913-1996)
                       o Richard Barrie Rickards (1938-2009)
  • The laboratory and field notebooks, papers and correspondence of geologists, petrologists, palaeontologists and mineralogists. These include:

                       o William Hallowes Miller (1801-1880)
                       o Thomas Bonney (1833-1923)
                       o John Marr (1857-1933)
                       o Alfred Harker (1859-1939)
                       o William Macfadyen (1893-1985)
                       o William Alexander Deer (1910-2009)

Please see Access to Records for more information about visiting the archive and getting in touch with us for further information.



Historic fossils from Agostino Scilla’s collection within the Sedgwick Museum’s Woodwardian cabinets are currently on display in the Royal Society’s summer exhibition in London. Called ‘Science made Visible: Drawings, Prints, Objects’, the exhibit explores the questions of how and when science become visual; how drawings, diagrams and charts came to be used alongside words and objects; who made them and what made them scientific?




All the Museum and Department were very sad to hear of the death of former staff member Rod Long. Rod, Uncle Rod as he was affectionately known, was to many people the face of the Museum. Dave Norman, our long time Director, has kindly written his recollections of a man who, put simply, we all loved him for his friendly, helpful and kind nature.
Liz Harper