Students and Studying

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.

Monday to Friday
10:00 to 13:00 & 14:00 to 17:00

10:00 to 16:00 


Aug 19, 2016

For most people, the idea of finding old poo is disgusting, and the idea of dissecting it and sorting through it is even worse! Unless of course you’re a child of a certain age and the poo in question is dinosaur poo.

Jun 28, 2016

One of the questions most frequently asked by visitors to the Sedgwick Museum is what exactly are fossils and how do they form? This question also fascinated Agostino Scilla (1629-1700); an artist who lived in the Sicilian town of Messina during the 1600s. Scilla attempted to answer this question in his book La vana speculazione disingannata dal senso (Vain Speculation Undeceived by Sense), published in Naples in 1670.