Sedgwick’s paper “time machines”

21 May 2018 marked two hundred years since Adam Sedgwick (1785-1873) became the Woodwardian Professor of Geology in Cambridge. Staff at the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences have organised events and displays to celebrate this special anniversary. In this blog we look at the Archive – beginning with Sedgwick’s early journals. There are more than 60 journals and sketchbooks in… Read full article

The Whipple Museum: past and future

The Whipple Museum of the History of Science will be closed from 4 July 2018 to January 2019. Find out why below… Enter the Whipple Museum of the History of Science and you can’t help but be struck by the architecture of the Main Gallery. The eye is drawn upwards to the ceiling, with its Jacobean hammer-beam roof-trusses — a fancy… Read full article


Strollers, Stories & Studio Pottery

Some people might be daunted at the thought of a group of Under Fives being invited to express themselves in a contemporary ceramics exhibition, but here at the Fitzwilliam Museum we saw a challenge and wanted to find ways to support our youngest visitors to engage with the objects on display. We devised two sessions: one for 0-2 year olds… Read full article

EACH Sibling Days: sharks’ teeth, scribble bots and success

Siblings of children supported by East Anglia Children’s Hospices visited the Fitzwilliam Museum, the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and the Museum of Zoology to explore collections, create art, have fun and take time for themselves. Find out what they got up to… Thanks to support from charity Children and the Arts’ Start Hospice programme, the Fitzwilliam Museum has partnered… Read full article


Cambridge Codebreakers: turning museum visitors into players

What does it feel like for visitors to be able to play games inside museums? And how can museums benefit from turning their visitors into players? Games researcher Sofia Romualdo reports on the gameplay experience of location-based game Cambridge Codebreakers: The Last Secret. Cambridge Codebreakers: The Last Secret is a location-based game created by Fire Hazard Games with the University… Read full article


The Whipple Museum: past and future

The Whipple Museum of the History of Science will be closed from 4 July 2018 to January 2019. Find out why below… Enter the Whipple Museum of the History of Science and you can’t help but be struck by the architecture of the Main Gallery. The eye is drawn upwards to the ceiling, with its Jacobean hammer-beam roof-trusses — a fancy… Read full article

38631 hours and counting!

684 volunteers are involved across the University of Cambridge Museums, but what have they been up to? It is that time of year again; National Volunteer Week is upon us and this is always a good time to reflect back on what everyone has been up to in the past year. Over the past year, there have been so many… Read full article


Sedgwick’s paper “time machines”

21 May 2018 marked two hundred years since Adam Sedgwick (1785-1873) became the Woodwardian Professor of Geology in Cambridge. Staff at the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences have organised events and displays to celebrate this special anniversary. In this blog we look at the Archive – beginning with Sedgwick’s early journals. There are more than 60 journals and sketchbooks in… Read full article

New month, new flowers: Henry Rogers Broughton, 2nd Lord Fairhaven’s generous legacy

The Fitzwilliam Museum has one of the most important collections of botanical art in the world. This is due to the generous bequest of Henry Rogers Broughton, 2nd Lord Fairhaven, who donated his entire collection to the Museum in 1973. This included over a hundred oil paintings including works by Jan Brueghel the Elder (1568-1625), Jean Baptiste Monnoyer (1636-99) and… Read full article