An exhibition exploring human discovery in all its forms – selected from more than five million objects at eight University of Cambridge museums – will open in London on 31 January 2014.
Our lives are bound up with objects. Museums are evidence of our deep preoccupation with the things that surround us, whether natural or the product of human endeavour. Why do we keep stuff, what do we learn from it – and what does our fascination for objects from our past tell us about being human today?
A newly-discovered genus of shark that prowled Earth’s oceans 100 million years ago - and is thought to have been the ancestor of the great white - has been named after the Director of Cambridge University’s Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, Ken McNamara.
Thresholds – a unique residency project that matched ten of the UK’s best poets with ten of Cambridge University’s museums and collections - reaches its thrilling climax today when their commissioned works are published online for the first time.
Fossils of a creature that lived on the ocean floor 505 million years ago have been identified by scientists as those of a previously-unknown marine worm, now named as Spartobranchus tenuis.
A display of material from the Sedgwick Museum records archive, on view to the public from tomorrow, offers a rare glimpse into the daily lives of the scientists who changed the way we think about the world around us.
Mary Anning’s fossil discoveries revealed an ‘ancient Dorset’, and were influential contributions to the blossoming science of palaeontology during the early 19th century.