Current Temporary Exhibitions

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.

Geology from the Oceans: Unlocking the history of climate change from the bottom of the sea - Simon Crowhurst and Professor David Hodell

How can we understand the history of the Earth's oceans by studying microfossils in columns of mud from the bottom of the sea? This exhibition, which focuses on researchers from the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge, looks at the way in which sediments from the sea floor have been used over the last fifty years to discover more about the history of the planet. The exhibition explores the Ice Ages that have dominated climate change over the last one million years and looks at how drilling engineering, mass spectrometry, and the Earth's orbit are all ingredients of this remarkable story.

Tools of the Trade

Opened April 2016
Tools of the TradeA new display showcasing a selection of the Sedgwick Museum’s unique historic collection of geological hammers.
Amongst these iconic ‘tools of the trade’ are hammers belonging to eminent 19th Century British geologists such as William Buckland and Adam Sedgwick, and more recentfigures, such as Harry Whittington.
The display will feature a 'hammer of the month', which will rotate between historical geological hammers from the collection that are not on display and modern hammers owned by current staff and students in the University's department of Earth Sciences.


We need more teeth

Opened February 2018
 
"We need more teeth" celebrates a recent donation of theropod dinosaur casts from Dr Andrew Hempel and that most famous of dinosaurs, Tyrannosaurus rex. Learn all about T rex and take a glimpse at what the Sedgwick Museum's collections team do to curate a new collection. On display are a 1/6 scale cast of a T rex skull along with other casts from our new donation. The display compliments our full-sized T rex skull cast already on display in the Museum.

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

Saturday
10:00 to 16:00 

Sunday
Closed



How do you get thirty-six 8-11yr olds excited about science in museums? Give them a ‘crime scene’ and skills to solve the crime.



Sir John Franklin’s ill-fated expedition to the North-West Passage has often been in the news ever since he left England on the 19th May, 1845 never to return. Successive searches throughout the 19th century eventually found artefacts and human remains. But it was not until 2014 the wreck of Franklin’s ship, HMS Erebus was found and two years later the wreck of HMS Terror. Now the extraordinary story of HMS Erebus is receiving new publicity thanks to the publication of Michael Palin’s new book – ‘Erebus : the story of a ship’. Whilst the earliest searches did not find any traces of Franklin and his crew, one of them, led by Captain Kellett did find a superb mammoth tusk, which is now part of the Sedgwick Museum’s Ice Age display.