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.



W.B.R. King was awarded the Military Cross for bravery with the British Expeditionary Force before being evacuated from Dunkirk in 1940. He was a Cambridge graduate and World War I veteran who pioneered the use of geological expertise in the theatre of war. King went on to become the 11th Woodwardian professor of geology in 1944.




The recent discovery of Ice Age mammoth and rhino remains near Cambridge became national news. By coincidence, the Sedgwick Museum at the University of Cambridge has a new exhibit which tells the story of late Ice Age times and how the life and environments of Cambridgeshire were dramatically altered by climate change.