Being a University Museum, the collections that are held in the Sedgwick Museum serve many purposes. While only a small proportion are on display and able to be enjoyed by the general public, many specimens play an important role in the teaching undertaken in the Department of Earth Sciences, of which the Museum is a part.
Fossils, minerals and rocks are used in practical classes, while the Museum displays are a very useful resource for small group teaching. Specimens from the collection are used for research projects by more advanced undergraduate students, as well as by post-graduate students. The collections are continually being enhanced by material studied for Ph.D. theses.
Discover more about studying Earth Sciences at the University of Cambridge in this video featuring Museum Curator of Mineralogy and Petrology Professor Marian Holness and Sir David Attenborough
In addition to being an invaluable resource for students from within the Department, the exhibitions and collections are used by a wide range of students from other HEFCE funded tertiary organisations: from art students, to historians of science, to students undertaking museological courses, to those doing scientific research based on material from the collections.
Last weekend the Museum was turned pink and played host to the launch of Pink Week 2015. Pink Week is a week of events aimed at raising funds and awareness for breast cancer charities. Inspired by the activism of the late Dina Rabinovitch, Pink Week ran for the first time in Haberdashers’ Aske’s school in 2011. Since then, Pink Week has gone from strength to strength, launching at Clare College, Cambridge in 2014.
An international team of researchers, including members from the Department of Earth Sciences here in Cambridge, have used an X-ray microscope to investigate meteorite samples from the Sedgwick Museum to learn about the earliest stages of the evolution of the solar system.