Students and Studying

Being a University Museum, the collections that are held in the Sedgwick Museum serve many purposes. While only a small proportion are on display and able to be enjoyed by the general public, many specimens play an important role in the teaching undertaken in the Department of Earth Sciences, of which the Museum is a part.

Fossils, minerals and rocks are used in practical classes, while the Museum displays are a very useful resource for small group teaching. Specimens from the collection are used for research projects by more advanced undergraduate students, as well as by post-graduate students. The collections are continually being enhanced by material studied for Ph.D. theses.

Discover more about studying Earth Sciences at the University of Cambridge in this video featuring Museum Curator of Mineralogy and Petrology Professor Marian Holness and Sir David Attenborough 



In addition to being an invaluable resource for students from within the Department, the exhibitions and collections are used by a wide range of students from other HEFCE funded tertiary organisations: from art students, to historians of science, to students undertaking museological courses, to those doing scientific research based on material from the collections.




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

Saturday
10:00 to 16:00 

Sunday
CLOSED



Jul 12, 2019

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)



Jun 18, 2019

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.