Current Temporary Exhibitions

To complement the permanent displays, the Sedgwick Museum curates temporary exhibitions. These include collaborations with researchers and artists and also reflect relevant news stories, events and anniversaries.

Geology from the Oceans: Unlocking the history of climate change from the bottom of the sea - Simon Crowhurst and Professor David Hodell

How can we understand the history of the Earth's oceans by studying microfossils in columns of mud from the bottom of the sea? This exhibition, which focuses on researchers from the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge, looks at the way in which sediments from the sea floor have been used over the last fifty years to discover more about the history of the planet. The exhibition explores the Ice Ages that have dominated climate change over the last one million years and looks at how drilling engineering, mass spectrometry, and the Earth's orbit are all ingredients of this remarkable story.

Tools of the Trade

Opened April 2016
Tools of the TradeA new display showcasing a selection of the Sedgwick Museum’s unique historic collection of geological hammers.
Amongst these iconic ‘tools of the trade’ are hammers belonging to eminent 19th Century British geologists such as William Buckland and Adam Sedgwick, and more recentfigures, such as Harry Whittington.
The display will feature a 'hammer of the month', which will rotate between historical geological hammers from the collection that are not on display and modern hammers owned by current staff and students in the University's department of Earth Sciences.


We need more teeth

Opened February 2018
 
"We need more teeth" celebrates a recent donation of theropod dinosaur casts from Dr Andrew Hempel and that most famous of dinosaurs, Tyrannosaurus rex. Learn all about T rex and take a glimpse at what the Sedgwick Museum's collections team do to curate a new collection. On display are a 1/6 scale cast of a T rex skull along with other casts from our new donation. The display compliments our full-sized T rex skull cast already on display in the Museum.

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.