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To mark the UK-India Year of Culture 2017, join the University of Cambridge Museums and Botanic Garden, as we celebrate a shared season on the theme of India - a programme of exhibitions, events, digital encounters, discussions, installations and more within the museums and the city of Cambridge.

Rooted in our collections, the programme will explore themes of identity and connectivity for audiences in both the UK and India, with support from Arts Council England. 

What's on (with more to follow...)

Orchids 2017: Another India
12 February - 12 March 2017
Cambridge University Botanic Garden
An exploration of India's natural heritage. This year the Botanic Garden Glasshouse range will be transformed into a technicoloured tapestry of vibrant displays to celebrate the plants and culture of South Asia. Cultural art and artefacts will be set among plants from the tips of the Himalayas to the tropical wetlands and dry deserts of India.

Another India: Explorations and Expressions of Indigenous South Asia
8 March 2017 to 22 April 2018
Li Ka Shing Gallery, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Opening in 2017, the seventieth anniversary of India’s independence from Britain, Another India will explore the tangled histories of artefacts from minority populations in India and how they came to be in the collections in Cambridge. Over one hundred artefacts, paintings and photographs from the collections of MAA, many of which have never been exhibited before, will be complemented by artworks by contemporary artists from the communities represented, commissioned with support from the Art Fund.

Himalayan Plant Hunters 
8 March 2017, 10 am - 1 pm; Price £35
Cambridge University Botanic Garden
Discover the stories of three great Himalayan Plant Hunters; John Forbes Royle (1798-1858), Joseph Hooker (1817-1911) and Frank Kingdon-Ward (1885-1958) in this session led by Christine Bartram of the University of Cambridge’s Herbarium. The morning will include a brief tour of the Garden’s glasshouse range to see some of the plants we are able to grow as a result of Plant Hunter discoveries. This will be followed with a visit to the Herbarium, housed in the Sainsbury Laboratory, to see displays of some of the actual preserved plants collected by them. You will also have a chance to see beautifully illustrated contemporary publications from both the Herbarium Library and the Cory Library.


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