To complement the permanent displays, the Sedgwick Museum curates temporary exhibitions. These include collaborations with researchers and artists and also reflect relevant news stories, events and anniversaries.


Alannah Ligthart Erasmus exhibitionDiscovering Extraordinary Stories: My placement at the Sedgwick Museum
June 2022 - June 2023

Dutch Heritage student Alannah Ligthart shares her experiences during her Erasmus placement at the Sedgwick Museum in this co-created temporary display.

ArthropleuraArthropleura: The World’s Largest Millipede

Feb 2022 – August 2023

Come and see the newly discovered fossil of Arthropleura, the largest arthropod to have ever lived. On display will be the partial remains of this 2.6m long animal along with new information we’ve learnt from the discovery.

Two islands rocks
Two Islands: Changing landscapes throughout time

John Kelly

Feb 2022 - June 2023

This exhibition presents artist John Kelly’s field explorations on two very contrasting islands, beginning in the young lava fields of Surtsey, Iceland, and ending among the time-worn rocks and erosional surfaces of Barra in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. On display are field sketches and objects collected from both islands. You can also read and listen to journal entries John made during his trips.

Access the online exhibition here

We need more teeth
(Digital Exhibition)

March 2021

An exciting collection of dinosaur casts was donated to the Sedgwick Museum in 2017. Among them, those of a prehistoric icon: Tyrannosaurus rex.

This exhibition focuses on the skull of a Tyrannosaurus rex nicknamed ‘Stan’. It also explains why and how replicas or casts are made of fossils and includes a look behind-the-scenes into the curation of collections.

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Lockdown creativity: Recreating an iconic scene of Jurassic sea life

February 2021

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Early in lockdown, the Getty Museum challenged social media users to recreate artworks from its collection using household objects.

Here in the Sedgwick Museum we responded by challenging ourselves and our social media followers to recreate a famous painting, Duria Antiquior, which hangs in our Museum. Using the hashtag #DIYDuria, we collected ammonites, belemnites and ichthyosaurs made from teaspoons, vegetables, Lego and more.

Women in the Archive 

November 2020

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In this exhibition we take a look at the archive from a different narrative.

We will look at how the Archive documents womens experience of studying geology in the late nineteenth century, up until the First World War.

We hope that some of these stories will inspire further research. Please contact the Museum if you have any questions.

Dawn of the Wonder Chicken

April 2020

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maastrichtensis, affectionately known as the Wonderchicken, is among the most exciting bird fossils ever found. It has one of the best-preserved fossil bird skulls in the world, and gives us important insights into the evolutionary origins of modern birds.

The Wonderchicken was discovered and named by Dr Daniel Field, Juan Benito, and Albert Chen from the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Cambridge, along with their collaborators Dr John Jagt and Dr Daniel Ksepka.

This exhibition become our first online exhibition and was in place in the Museum throughout 2021.

Asteriornis maastrichtensis reconstruction
Image credit: Philip Krzeminski 2019

Deep Earth Explorers

Opened March 2020

An interactive exhibition exploring the interior of the Earth.  Co-created by a team of researchers from the University’s Department of Earth Sciences, Museum staff, and with input from the public, this 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.   




Monday - Friday: 10am - 5pm

Saturday: 10am - 4pm

Sunday: Closed

Free entry

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