Scope and Contents
- 1880 - 2020
Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Use
Biographical / Historical
The club was originally very exclusive with only 10 members (increased to 12 plus upto 6 women in January 1896). Temporary members had to be introduced and then balloted for- which had to be unanimous.
Almost every year after its foundation the Sedgwick Club run yearly field excursions and from these trips sets of notes, photos, sketches, maps and diagrams were created. Many of the albums also contain telegrams sent to the group detailing sporting outcomes including the Oxbridge boat race and cricket matches.
The annual field trip has been subsequently replaced by the "Magical Mystery Tour" in modern times, which involves a weekend excursion at the beginning of Lent term (October) to an unknown location.
In the early days of the club's history papers were read at meetings by undergraduates. This was later extended to include research students, faculty members and in recent times outside speakers. These were deposited in the Sedgwick Club tin trunk, which is still in use today. The papers appear to be quite long, and according to the minutes there appeared to be a high level of discussion which followed them.
Many famous people have passed through the Club. Miss Gertie Elles is famous for her study of Graptolites and how they could be used to demonstrate how detailed morphology, on well controlled palaeontological sequences, could be made to reveal refined stratigraphic results. Miss Elles took part in many of the Club's annual field trips and appears throughout her life in many of the journals and photo albums. Other distinguished members include: Dr John Edward Marr, famous for his work on the Lake District; Professor Thomas McKenny Hughes who supervised the building of the Sedgwick Museum; Dr Alfred Harker a petrologist whose collection is the backbone of the Harker Collection of Rocks and Minerals held in the museum; Professor William Watts, President of Imperial University of Science and Technology 1934-1936; and Sir David Attenborough, broadcaster and naturalist.
In 1996 the Club performed an exchange with a student group of Geologists in Suriname called GEM. Unfortunately GEM were unable to return the visit and the scheme collapsed. However, the plaque to commemorate this visit is displayed in the Department of Earth Sciences John Watson Building Stones Gallery to this day.
In the Michaelmas and Lent terms the Sedgwick Club hosts a series of weekly talks about different aspects of geology. The talks are held in the Harker Lecture rooms in the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge.
Current club membership gets members free entry to talks and exclusive access to a Facebook group where details of Sedgwick Club social events (curries, pizza nights, nights out) are posted. Members can also attend the Magical Mystery Tour weekend.
The Sedgwick Club website includes information about the club's current activities http://www.srcf.ucam.org/sedgwickclub/
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Language of Materials
The collection has been arranged into 4 series to reflect the records and work undertaken by the Sedgwick Club in the past and its activities today.
SGWC 1 Administration and Committees 1/1 Minute Books 1/2 Accounts SGWC 2 Activities and Events 2/1 Talks 1880- 2/2 Field Trips 2/3 Social Events SGWC 3 Publications SGWC 4 Photographs 4/1 Photographs (original) 4/2 Digital Copies
- Administration and Committees
- Activities and Events
Existence and Location of Originals
Existence and Location of Copies
- In Progress
- Sandra Freshney Dr Lyall Anderson Cherry Booth Janet Bayliss
- January 2011
- Description rules
- International Standard for Archival Description - General
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Latin (Gaelic variant)
- Museums, Libraries & Archives Council Designation Development Fund (Renaissance)