Cambridge Curiosities

We like collecting here at the Sedgwick; we’ve been doing it since 1728 when John Woodward left his collection to the University. The museum now holds over 1.5 million objects - from fossils, rocks and minerals to notebooks, letters, photographs and diaries. Our collections not only have scientific value but also contain the hidden histories of their collectors - their travels, areas of study, the progression of their careers, and the relationships they had with their families, friends, mentors, peers and students.
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As part of Curating Cambridge 2014 we launched a community cabinet, where we invite members of the local community to curate their own display of geological objects. Working with the museum staff, the displays will aim to showcase the collections held by visitors in the local area and help reveal both the science and the personal stories behind them.

2018 Display - Current display by local young geologist Alex Mattin
2016 Display - With thanks to Sandra Freshney
2014 Display - With thanks to the Friends of the Sedgwick Museum

We're curious... what do you collect?
If you have a geological collection of your own and you would like to see it displayed in the museum, email museumeducation@esc.cam.ac.uk with a photo and tell us:.

What is in your collection?
How you got started?
How many objects you have?
What is the most curious thing in it?

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

Saturday
10:00 to 16:00 

Sunday
Closed



My name is Andrew Simpson and I am a gallery volunteer at the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences and a recent MGeol graduate in Geology with Paleobiology from the University of Leicester. My main interest is in vertebrate palaeontology, however, I like writing about all facets of palaeontology, from evolutionary history to fossil lagerstätten.



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.