Exhibitions

Our online exhibitions allow you to look at some of the archive records in the collection. 

If you have any questions, or would like to visit the Archive please contact the Archivist. Telephone: 01223 765717 or email: sedgwickmuseum@esc.cam.ac.uk


Woodwardian Professor 200 years ago

Celebrating the life and times of Adam Sedgwick (1785-1873) through archives.

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Woodwardian Professor 100 years ago
Celebrating the life of John Edward Marr (1857-1933) through archives.

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Brian Harland at 100
Celebrating the life of Walter Brian Harland (1917-2003) through archives.
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How do you get thirty-six 8-11yr olds excited about science in museums? Give them a ‘crime scene’ and skills to solve the crime.



Sir John Franklin’s ill-fated expedition to the North-West Passage has often been in the news ever since he left England on the 19th May, 1845 never to return. Successive searches throughout the 19th century eventually found artefacts and human remains. But it was not until 2014 the wreck of Franklin’s ship, HMS Erebus was found and two years later the wreck of HMS Terror. Now the extraordinary story of HMS Erebus is receiving new publicity thanks to the publication of Michael Palin’s new book – ‘Erebus : the story of a ship’. Whilst the earliest searches did not find any traces of Franklin and his crew, one of them, led by Captain Kellett did find a superb mammoth tusk, which is now part of the Sedgwick Museum’s Ice Age display.