Elk makes welcome return to museum


A 12,000-year-old Irish Elk fossil is to make a welcome return to a Cambridge University museum after vital restoration work.

The giant deer has been a prized specimen at the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences for more than 160 years.

It was bought by the museum's founder Adam Sedgwick in 1834 for 140.

But in 1996 the head and antlers had to be removed for repair work.

They are now fully restored and will be unveiled during the launch of the Friends of Sedgwick Museum on Friday.

Peter Fuchs, Friends' chairman, said: 'We're combining the unveiling of the Elk with the launch of the Friends to show what volunteers working in the museum can achieve.

'The conservation work on the elk's antlers would have taken a great deal longer to complete without the help of our volunteers.'


The University of Cambridge is acknowledged as one of the world's leading higher education and research institutions. The University was instrumental in the formation of the Cambridge Network and its Vice- Chancellor, Professor Stephen Toope, is also the President of the Cambridge Network.

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