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



On the 26th of February, 1918 the hospital ship HMHS Glenart Castle left Newport, South Wales, heading for Brest in France. On board were 63 nurses, medical orderlies and officers, along with its crew and 99 wounded patients. One of the medical officers on board was the 49 year-old Captain Lewis Moysey RAMC, a graduate of Caius College and very keen amateur geologist who donated a substantial collection of Carboniferous fossils to the Sedgwick Museum.



On Sunday September 9th Google’s banner headline in Australia (https://g.co/doodle/ytbdqa ) celebrated the 111th birthday of a palaeontologist – the late  Dorothy Hill (1907-1997).