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Museums and collections

 


The extraordinary collections contained within our eight museums and Botanic Garden can be used to bring all curricular areas to life and inspire learning.

Each of our organisations offer pre-booked visits on a range of themes. All the collections can be used to teach across different subjects and topics. Alternatively, you can combine visits to more than one collection.

In addition, the University of Cambridge Museums have a range of resources and activities on hand for self-led visits; and additional handling objects available to borrow for use within the classroom. Please contact individual organisations for further information on this.

For details on the themes and topics covered, plus information on how to start organising your visit, please select from the options below.

India, Empire and Colonial Collecting

This gallery-taught, discussion based, session will introduce students to ‘indigenous’ tribal communities in India and explore their complex relationship with Britain during the empire.

Tags: Anthropology, Critical Thinking, Ethics, Exploration, History, KS3, KS4, KS5, Materials, Museum Teacher, Object Handling, Researching, Sharing Ideas

Museum(s): Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Non-Western Art

Discover the cultural and historical heritage of Non Western societies through outstanding examples of sculptures, containers, textiles, tools, weapons, metalwork, jewellery and adornment.

Tags: Anthropology, Art & Artists, Art & Design, Discovery, Drawing, Ethics, Exam Themes, Exploration, History, KS3, KS4, KS5, Materials, Researching, Sharing Ideas, Supported Self Led

Museum(s): Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Museum of Me

What is the role of museums in society? How should museums use objects to represent other cultures? How can objects help construct and display identity?

Tags: Anthropology, Archaeology, Beliefs, Citizenship, Citizenship, Critical Thinking, Discovery, Early Civilisations, Ethics, Exploration, History, KS3, KS4, Materials, Museum Teacher, Researching, Sharing Ideas, Talk

Museum(s): Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Learning from Objects

Through enquiry based learning and handling real artefacts, students will discover how Archaeologists and Anthropologists use objects to learn about people.

Tags: Anthropology, Archaeology, Critical Thinking, Discovery, Drawing, Early Civilisations, History, KS1, KS2, Materials, Museum Teacher, Object Handling, Sharing Ideas, Talk

Museum(s): Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

The Americas

Find out about the peoples and cultures of Mesoamerica and South America.

Tags: Adaptation, Anthropology, Archaeology, Art & Design, Critical Thinking, Drawing, Early Civilisations, Geography, History, KS2, Materials, Museum Teacher, Researching, Sharing Ideas, Talk

Museum(s): Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Botanic Garden Learning Programme 2017

The full list of activities available to groups visiting the Botanic Garden is currently under review.

Tags: EYFS, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5

Museum(s): Cambridge University Botanic Garden

The Science of Musical Sound

From musical instruments to vibrations, and from sound waves to the inner ear, students will use objects from the collection understand how sound is made, travels and is heard.

Tags: Critical Thinking, Discovery, Famous People, Gallery + Studio Workshop, History, KS2, Museum Teacher, Music, Object Handling, Physics, Science, Science in Society, Sharing Ideas, Tour

Museum(s): Whipple Museum of the History of Science

What is colour?

This session will motivate students to think deeply about the science of the everyday – specifically why and how we see colour.

Tags: Critical Thinking, Discovery, Famous People, Gallery + Studio Workshop, History, KS3, Making, Museum Teacher, Object Handling, Outreach, Physics, Science, Sharing Ideas, Talk, Tour

Museum(s): Whipple Museum of the History of Science

Medicine and Anatomy through Time

Students will be able to explore how revolutionary discoveries affected the development of new medical and anatomical knowledge.

Tags: Critical Thinking, Discovery, Ethics, Famous People, Gallery + Studio Workshop, History, Human Biology, KS4, KS5, Museum Teacher, Object Handling, Researching, Science, Science in Society, Sharing Ideas, Tour

Museum(s): Whipple Museum of the History of Science

Darwin, Evolution and The Origin of Species

Using the collections housed at the Whipple Museum and Whipple Library, this taught session focuses on the impact and legacy of the theory of evolution by natural selection.

Tags: Adaptation, Critical Thinking, Discovery, Famous People, Gallery + Studio Workshop, History, KS5, Local Interest, Museum Teacher, Natural World, Researching, Science, Sharing Ideas, Talk

Museum(s): Whipple Museum of the History of Science

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