Cambridge Curiosities

We like collecting here at the Sedgwick; we’ve been doing it since 1728 when John Woodward left his collection to the University. The museum now holds over 1.5 million objects - from fossils, rocks and minerals to notebooks, letters, photographs and diaries. Our collections not only have scientific value but also contain the hidden histories of their collectors - their travels, areas of study, the progression of their careers, and the relationships they had with their families, friends, mentors, peers and students.
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As part of Curating Cambridge 2014 we launched a community cabinet, where we invite members of the local community to curate their own display of geological objects. Working with the museum staff, the displays will aim to showcase the collections held by visitors in the local area and help reveal both the science and the personal stories behind them.

2018 Display - Current display by local young geologist Alex Mattin
2016 Display - With thanks to Sandra Freshney
2014 Display - With thanks to the Friends of the Sedgwick Museum

We're curious... what do you collect?
If you have a geological collection of your own and you would like to see it displayed in the museum, email museumeducation@esc.cam.ac.uk with a photo and tell us:.

What is in your collection?
How you got started?
How many objects you have?
What is the most curious thing in it?

Monday to Friday
10:00 to 13:00 & 14:00 to 17:00

Saturday
10:00 to 16:00 

Sunday
Closed



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.