Online Catalogue

We are currently working towards putting our collections online in a searchable catalogue. Below are links to sites hosting information about our collections.

GB3D Type Fossils Online Project

This site run by the British Geological Survey (BGS) is the world’s first 3D virtual fossil collection. Thousands of 3D digital fossil models, and high quality images, can now be browsed and downloaded for free. The site includes British type fossils from the Sedgwick Museum, BGS, National Museum of Wales, Oxford University Museum of Natural History and other partners. Once data has been fully uploaded the site will contain information concerning about 7,000 type specimens from the Sedgwick Museum including 23,000 images and 500 digital models. The GB3D Type Fossils Online project, funded by JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee), is a resource for academics, researchers and fossil enthusiasts alike.

Find out more here.

University of Cambridge Earth Sciences Teaching (1A) Reference Series

This website houses photographs and descriptions of the specimens found in the 1A (first year) Reference Series at the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge. This series is a collection of rocks, minerals and fossils used to aid the first year Geology students in their practical revision. It is not an exhaustive collection, but includes the range of specimens with which the first year students should become familiar.

Virtual Microscope for Earth Sciences

The Sedgwick Museum has been working in conjunction with the Open University on an exciting project using our collections which makes many of our objects available online. This new virtual microscope website is now live and contains many Sedgwick Museum samples. The aim of the site is to allow users to examine and explore minerals and microscopic features of rocks, helping them to develop classification and identification skills witout the need for high-cost microscopes and thin section preparation facilities.

Some of the specimens from the Petrology Collection can be seen here.

Find our more about the Virtual Microscope for Earth Sciences here.

Archives Hub

Collection level descriptions for many of the collections held in the Archives were written during the Archive project in 2010-2011. These can be accessed on line via the Archives Hub.  The Archives Hub is a national gateway to the holdings of archives in UK universities and colleges.

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Christmas and New Year 2018/19
The Museum will close at 4pm on Saturday 22nd December 2018 and re-open at 10am on Saturday 5th January 2019

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.

The Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, the oldest of the University of Cambridge museums, has appointed its first full-time director.