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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

Duroliponte: Roman Britain in Cambridgeshire

This gallery taught session discusses how daily life changed for people in Britain under Roman occupation.

Tags: Archaeology, Art & Design, Beliefs, Citizenship, Critical Thinking, Early Civilisations, History, KS4, KS5, Local Interest, Museum Teacher, Religious Education, Researching, Sharing Ideas, Supported Self Led, Talk

Museum(s): Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Anthropology, Archaeology, and Identity

This discussion based session examines the relationship between museums and indigenous peoples, as well as current issues with collection, curation and repatriation.

Tags: Anthropology, Archaeology, Art & Design, Beliefs, Critical Thinking, Ethics, History, KS4, KS5, Museum Teacher, Researching, Sharing Ideas, Supported Self Led, Talk

Museum(s): Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

The Modified Body: expressions of society and culture

This gallery taught session explores the human continuum of body modification, decoration and transformation by looking at ethnographic objects on display that highlight these concepts. 

Duration: 1.5 hours

Tags: Anthropology, Art & Design, Beliefs, Critical Thinking, History, KS4, KS5, Materials, Museum Teacher, Religious Education, Researching, Sharing Ideas, Supported Self Led, Talk

Museum(s): Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Adorning the Dead: rituals for the afterlife

This gallery taught session explores the different ways in which people in the past have prepared their dead.

Tags: Anthropology, Archaeology, Art & Design, Beliefs, Critical Thinking, Discovery, Early Civilisations, History, KS4, KS5, Museum Teacher, Object Handling, Religious Education, Researching, Sharing Ideas, Supported Self Led, Talk

Museum(s): Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

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