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



Historic fossils from Agostino Scilla’s collection within the Sedgwick Museum’s Woodwardian cabinets are currently on display in the Royal Society’s summer exhibition in London. Called ‘Science made Visible: Drawings, Prints, Objects’, the exhibit explores the questions of how and when science become visual; how drawings, diagrams and charts came to be used alongside words and objects; who made them and what made them scientific?




All the Museum and Department were very sad to hear of the death of former staff member Rod Long. Rod, Uncle Rod as he was affectionately known, was to many people the face of the Museum. Dave Norman, our long time Director, has kindly written his recollections of a man who, put simply, we all loved him for his friendly, helpful and kind nature.
Liz Harper