Redevelopment of the Oceanic Islands House at the Botanic Garden

Following a complete review and refit, the Ocean Islands House in the Botanic Garden Glasshouse has now reopened focussing on the islands of Macaronesia. Redevelopment of the Oceanic Islands House Many of our visitors will have noticed that the Oceanic Islands House at the Botanic Garden was closed and emptied in early December, 2016. Its contents were propagated or decanted… Read full article

Redesign: unclogging the blog

Since launching in 2012 the blog has seen a steady increase of posts and visitors, but we felt it had outgrown its old structure and focus. It was time for a change. We started with a creative session to identify audiences and objectives, and looked at our analytics and user engagement. Based on the findings, the key improvements we focused… Read full article


Racing ahead with partnership working

With the University of Cambridge Museums’ near neighbour, the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art, nominated for a national museum award, Liz Hide reflects on how this demonstrates the benefits of museums working in partnership across the region. The Art Fund Museum of the Year award is one of the highlights of the museum year, providing a high-profile… Read full article

Redevelopment of the Oceanic Islands House at the Botanic Garden

Following a complete review and refit, the Ocean Islands House in the Botanic Garden Glasshouse has now reopened focussing on the islands of Macaronesia. Redevelopment of the Oceanic Islands House Many of our visitors will have noticed that the Oceanic Islands House at the Botanic Garden was closed and emptied in early December, 2016. Its contents were propagated or decanted… Read full article


Redesign: unclogging the blog

Since launching in 2012 the blog has seen a steady increase of posts and visitors, but we felt it had outgrown its old structure and focus. It was time for a change. We started with a creative session to identify audiences and objectives, and looked at our analytics and user engagement. Based on the findings, the key improvements we focused… Read full article

Exploring Art, Technology and Dataculture at in_collusion’s R&D Artist Lab

The University of Cambridge Museums are a partner in Collusion’s in_collusion programme. The programme seeks to: develop Cambridge and the wider area as a centre of excellence for interdisciplinary arts and technology collaboration; support the production of excellent art; enhance creative technology skills; and transfer knowledge across sectors. Through a series of Labs, week long development sessions for artists, the… Read full article


Natural Sciences Collections Association comes to Cambridge

The Whale, the Dire Rhea and the Boar’s New Nose… just some of the acquaintances I made at last month’s Natural Science Collections Association Annual Conference.  Full of passionate and inspiring museum folk, as well as curious and intriguing animals, Evolving Ideas: provocative new ways of working with collections showcased a swarm of ways of using biological, geological, botanical collections… Read full article

Developing a collective strategy for the University of Cambridge Museums

One of the interesting challenges involved in enabling eight museums and a botanic garden to work more closely together is to find ways to express our collective vision while maintaining the clear identity of each constituent organisation. Connections, between people and our collections, and between the collections themselves, are central to the University of Cambridge Museum’s unique multidisciplinary consortium.   Discussions… Read full article


Racing ahead with partnership working

With the University of Cambridge Museums’ near neighbour, the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art, nominated for a national museum award, Liz Hide reflects on how this demonstrates the benefits of museums working in partnership across the region. The Art Fund Museum of the Year award is one of the highlights of the museum year, providing a high-profile… Read full article

Redevelopment of the Oceanic Islands House at the Botanic Garden

Following a complete review and refit, the Ocean Islands House in the Botanic Garden Glasshouse has now reopened focussing on the islands of Macaronesia. Redevelopment of the Oceanic Islands House Many of our visitors will have noticed that the Oceanic Islands House at the Botanic Garden was closed and emptied in early December, 2016. Its contents were propagated or decanted… Read full article