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



Fifty years ago, Cambridge mineralogist, Dr Stuart Agrell was given VIP treatment and a police escort after flying into Heathrow from the USA because he was carrying a bag full of very precious rock material. The samples were amongst the most expensive ever collected as they had been retrieved from the moon by two of the American Apollo 11 mission astronauts. The programme of their investigation was a remarkable and unprecedented example of international scientific collaboration, which still continues.

Stuart Agrell on the underground with a carpet bag of rocks from the Apollo 11 missionGuess what I’ve got in my bag? 50 years ago, Cambridge mineralogist, Stuart Agrell nonchalantly carried some of the most valuable rocks ever collected back to Cambridge in his holdall. (© Mirrorpix, reproduced with permission)




Two of the University of Cambridge’s museums, the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences and Museum of Zoology have been shortlisted for the prestigious Family Friendly Museum Award, it was announced today.