Sedgwick Museum Archive Collection


A project in 2010-2011, funded by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) Designated Development funding, saw the employment of the Museum’s first ever professional archivist, Sandra Marsh. As a result of this we have now determined the scope of the archival collections and at the same time improved storage of these important records.

The archive includes the papers charting the history and development of the Museum, as well as the famous Sedgwick Club, started in 1880 in memory of Adam Sedgwick, after whom the Museum is named.  The Archive also includes the many field notebooks, sketchbooks and specimen catalogues of Adam Sedgwick himself.

How are the Archives being processed?

In 2010-2011 the Archivist, together with the assistance of Dr Lyall Anderson and several volunteers re-boxed the archives and undertook some simple listing of records. There are now over 1000 conservation grade boxes in the archive collection which are on metal racking, and more easily accessible by staff and researchers. Some of the material was listed and repackaged into acid-free folders to make it easier to locate and use for research. 

Images of before and after inside the Archive Store


The Museum was successful in securing funding from Trinity College’s Isaac Newton Trust to continue important work on the collections during 2011-2012. This has enabled us to catalogue some parts of the collection, develop an exhibition in the Museum (opened in March 2012), continue to seek funding to further improve access to the collections through specific projects, and activities to promote the collections. 

The Friends of the Sedgwick Museum generously donated some of their funds to enable us to employ Dr Lyall Anderson to look in more detail at the notebooks of Alfred Harker and others. Alfred Harker (1859-1939) was a world-famous petrologist, although very little was known about him other than through his published work. Lyall has recently completed the project, with the descriptions now on the Archives Hub.  


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Oct 8, 2014

As part of the Museum's new exciting project arising from the recent award from Arts Council England Designation Development Fund, a project conservator, Rachel Howie, has been working on some of the Museum's most prized specimens with the aim of enhancing digital access to these special objects.

Sep 5, 2014

One of the most iconic of Cambrian age fossils from the famous Burgess Shale is a little (3.5 cm long) creature called Hallucigenia, which has been the subject of considerable controversy for several decades. Now, researchers, Martin Smith and Javier Ortega-Hernandez from the Department of Earth Sciences have reinvestigated this strange creature and its relationship to other animals.