Sep 12, 2019

Our Collections Research Centre: the next step

This week we reached a major landmark in the development of the Museum’s new Collections Research Centre. We’ve just been handed the keys to the brand new Colin Forbes Building, a purpose-built collections store to house our internationally important rock and fossil collections.  We now start the ambitious task of moving our rock collection – weighing more than 150 tonnes – from a variety of locations across Cambridge.  Bringing our collections together, and creating a space where we can welcome research visitors enables us to take a big step towards our aim of creating a world-leading centre for Earth Sciences collections research.

Category: 2019
Posted by: Sandra

Inside the building, the environment is kept at a steady temperature and humidity, to minimise degradation of the rock and fossil collections, while within the building a special cold store will house the Museum’s archive and photographic collections, ensuring that these important materials continue to be available for researchers from across the world.  The foundations have been specially designed to withstand the exceptional weight of the collection. 

We will be welcoming our first public visitors this Friday as part of the annual Open Cambridge event, and look forward to developing more opportunities for members of the public to come and see our collections, and understand their vital role in understanding our planet.  We are also looking forward to offering opportunities for people to come and be part of the collections move, with behind-the-scenes volunteering opportunities – watch out for these on the Museum website later in the year. 

We are also delighted to welcome a new member of the Museum team. Catherine Craston will be playing a key role in moving the collections into the store, and will be working with a team of volunteers to complete this mammoth task. 

If you’d like to know more about this exciting project, or are interested in hearing more about volunteering opportunities, please get in touch with the museum at

Dr Liz Hide
Sedgwick Museum Director

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May 27, 2020

In this series of blogs our collections move volunteers will tell you all about their experiences of the ‘Moving a Mountain’ project so far. This week they tell us what has surprised them about the project.

May 18, 2020

In this series of blogs our collections move volunteers will tell you all about their experiences of the ‘Moving a Mountain’ project so far. This week they tell us about the different specimens they’ve seen.

Apr 24, 2020

Our first online exhibition ‘Dawn of the Wonderchicken’, is now live!

Sedgwick Museum Collections and Research centre

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If you would like to discuss how you might contribute to the Sedgwick Museum Collections Store, please contact Professor Richard Harrison, Head of Department.

To make a donation to the Sedgwick Museum Collections Store please visit our online giving page.

Studying Earth Sciences at Cambridge University

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