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Kettle’s Yard holds the largest collection of Alfred Wallis artworks in the world. Wallis is one of our visitors’ favourite artists and we’re consistently delighted by the kind words we receive about our collection and the exhibitions of his paintings. In advance of our reopening we’ve been conserving thirty five pieces by Wallis, and are hosting exhibitions of his seascapes... Read full article
Cambridge’s reputation as a centre of excellence for museums and culture in the UK received a vital boost today when Arts Council England (ACE) awarded University of Cambridge Museums (UCM) more than £4.8m and National Portfolio Organisation status from 2018-2022. Kettle’s Yard, who work in partnership with UCM, has also been awarded £1,163,028 as part of ACE’s National Portfolio, further... Read full article
What connects a head-hunter’s trophy, a meteorite, Hercules, a painting of a Hindu temple, an ornate desk, a brass instrument, a tin of tea (unopened), an exotic orchid, a gharial, stacks of home movies and 8,000 lines of Sanskrit manuscript? The answer is India – and Cambridge. Among the many millions of objects held across the University’s eight museums, Botanic... Read full article
Over the May Bank Holiday weekend, four Cambridge organisations took part in the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival. Over the past few years the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) have been joined by the UK Antarctic heritage Trust (UKAHT) and the Polar Museum at the Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI). This year the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences also joined in. On... Read full article
So why does the Whipple Museum have a 1980s Scientology E-meter in its collection? Following on from our ‘Why is this here?’ (WTH?) live streaming series, we visited Josh Nall, Curator of Modern Sciences in the Whipple Museum of the History of Science, to find out. The ‘WTH?’ series of live streams we ran across the University museums on Periscope... Read full article

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