Does the Sedgwick Museum have any radioactive gemstones?

Does the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences have any radioactive gemstones? This was the question we were asked by Kanta Kiyomoto, a Year 8 student at Cambridge International School. Kanta is studying various forms and sources of radiation for his Silver CREST Award and wondered if we could help out with some radioactive gems. Dr Ben Winpenny, our Collections Assistant in Mineralogy and Petrology,… Read full article

India Unboxed: Meet the Meteorites?

Our India Unboxed film series continues with the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences‘ puzzling story of the fiery meteorites which were cold to the touch. 157 years ago the people of Dharamsala in Northwest India watched as three meteorites streaked across the sky and crashed into the ground nearby. Despite witnessing nine-foot flames trailing behind the meteorites, the brave locals… Read full article

Behind the scenes in a museum – a conservator’s view

Rhian Ward, a Conservation Student at Durham University, answers questions on her placement with the University of Cambridge Museums. What are you studying and how did you get to work with the University of Cambridge Museums? I am a final year student on the MA Conservation of Archaeological and Museum Objects at Durham University, and as part of this we… Read full article