Mar 7, 2020

New exhibition showcases Deep Earth research at the Sedgwick Museum


Co-created by a team of researchers from the University’s Department of Earth Sciences, Museum staff, and with input from the public, the new exhibition enables visitors to explore inside the deep Earth, and find out more about the people who use earthquakes to understand what happens deep below the Earth’s surface. Turn the pages of a 3D Earth model, make the Earth’s mantle move with playful swells of convection; and trigger seismic waves that ripple throughout the Earth.
Category: 2020
Posted by: Sarah

Researchers will be on hand in the Sedgwick Museum at a free public event, Super Science Saturday, on 14th March, as part of the Cambridge Science Festival. There will be opportunities to play the role of a seismologist to find out “What’s Inside the Earth?, create P and S waves with slinkies, earn a Deep Earth Explorer badge, as well as a wide range of other activities.

Leader of the Deep Earth Explorers research team, Dr Sanne Cottaar said ‘This is really exciting research hunting for clues as to what is in the deep Earth. We are delighted to have had the opportunity to work with the Museum to create these interactive displays which introduces people to our work and our life as researchers.’

Director of the Sedgwick Museum, Dr Liz Hide, commented ‘Showcasing the work of this young international research team is a great way to encourage young people to get into science’.

Temporarily closed due to Covid-19
The government recently announced that museums and galleries will be able to re-open from 4 July. Here at the Sedgwick, we are really looking forward to welcoming you back, and are working hard to put in place plans to make sure visitors, staff and volunteers will be safe.  We anticipate that we will reopen later in the summer, and will involve a free, timed, ticketing system. We keep you informed of our plans via our website and social media. 
In the meantime, we are delighted that the Cambridge University Botanic Garden has already reopened 
https://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk/
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