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.

Bicentenary of The Cambridge Philsophical Society

April 2019

Exactly 200 years ago three Cambridge geologists –Adam Sedgwick, John Henslow and Daniel Clarke, founded a new society for the promotion of natural science in the University, looking to the Geological Society of London as a model.

Before long, the Cambridge Philosophical Society was a runaway success and the renaissance of Cambridge science was well underway.

Our new temporary exhibit explores this early history and the many contributions by geologists past and present.

Illuminating the start of complex life: spatial analyses of Ediacaran communities

Opened March 2019

Cambridge researchers are using cutting edge 3D scanning techniques to understand a community of ancient fossils dating from almost 600 million years ago. Studies of these remarkable and enigmatic Ediacaran fossils are revealing important insights into how they interacted and reproduced. The display is curated by Dr Emily Mitchell as part of her NERC-funded research within the Department of Earth Sciences, and includes casts and 3D prints of these rare and important fossils from both Newfoundland and Leicestershire.

 



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.