Collections Up Close

'A party of stonebreakers': Discover the Sedgwick Club Archive online

The catalogue to the Sedgwick Club Archive is now available to discover online on the ‘Archives Hub’ – a gateway to the documentary heritage of over 300 academic institutions across the UK. Read the article here.

Dancing Dinosaurs

Scientists have found evidence of dinosaur behaviour which they say links them even closer to birds. Adam Page from Cambridge TV has been speaking to our Curator Dr David Norman to find out more. Watch the interview here.

Shackleton’s geologist - James Mann Wordie (1889-1962)

Hughes and Wordie

A hundred years ago, John Mann Wordie was one of Ernest Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition team rescued from Elephant Island, off the coast of Antarctica, following the sinking of their ship Endurance. Wordie (St John’s College 1910 – 62) was Shackleton’s geologist and although he never set foot on Antarctica he found an unusual source of geological information: stones found in penguin stomachs.

Dinosaurs on Cambridge TV

Dr David Norman talks all things dinosaurs on Cambridge TV - see the interview here

I is for Iggy the Iguanadon

One of the Museum's star objects, Iggy the Iguanadon, has received some new attention recently, being made a part of the University of Cambridge Animal Alphabet Series and our curator Dr David Norman being interviewed by Cambridge TV. For more information click here, and for the interview click here.



In a reversal of Shakespeare’s famous finale to his melancholic monologue on the ‘Seven ages of Man - sans teeth, sans eyes…’ a most ancient fossil, appropriately named Hallucigenia has now been found to possess teeth and eyes, albeit of a primitive kind. Read More...

A seasnake in the Thames Estuary 50 miles from London?

Fortunately, the evidence for seasnakes living 50 miles from London in the Thames Estuary is not something to worry about. The single backbone recently found on the foreshore of the Isle of Sheppey is 50 million years old and was washed out of the local London Clay deposits, which are of Eocene age. Read more...

Meteorite is 'hard drive' from space - by Simon Redfern

Pallasite meteorite

University of Cambridge Researchers have decoded ancient recordings from fragments of an asteroid dating back billions of years to the start of the Solar System.

The new picture of metallic core solidification in the asteroid provide clues about the magnetic field and iron-rich core of Earth.  Full press article here 

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Visitors can now get up close and personal with one of the Sedgwick Museum’s most spectacular objects, our Tyrannosaurus rex skull cast.

Reuniting our important rock collections under one roof

Much of the Sedgwick Museum’s working geological collections, central to the research of many in the department and wider community, are currently housed in cramped and difficult conditions in the Atlas Building on the West Cambridge site. This building, at one time used by Shorts for the refurbishment of aircraft bombers, is a rather dilapidated former commercial unit fast approaching the end of its useful life. The newly proposed Geological Collections Store will adjoin the A.G. Brighton Building (the Sedgwick Museum’s conservation unit) and vastly improve accessibility.