Shine On!

Young children have been exploring the Fitzwilliam Museum’s exhibition of jewellery and metalwork through story, play and art making. We always enjoy finding ways into the collection with our youngest visitors. In this post you can find out what happened when we spent time getting to know the recent Designers and Jewellery 1859-1940: Jewellery & Metalwork from the Fitzwilliam Museum exhibition (July-November… Read full article

Untold Histories Museum Tours: stories of collecting through colonialism and conflict

In October 2018, a new museum tour launched at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.  Untold Histories tours “tell you what the labels won’t.” The tours explore the difficult histories of how objects came to be in the museum. We discuss collecting, curating, and representation, and ask the question: ‘if objects tell many stories, which ones are on the labels… Read full article


Shine On!

Young children have been exploring the Fitzwilliam Museum’s exhibition of jewellery and metalwork through story, play and art making. We always enjoy finding ways into the collection with our youngest visitors. In this post you can find out what happened when we spent time getting to know the recent Designers and Jewellery 1859-1940: Jewellery & Metalwork from the Fitzwilliam Museum exhibition (July-November… Read full article

Untold Histories Museum Tours: stories of collecting through colonialism and conflict

In October 2018, a new museum tour launched at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.  Untold Histories tours “tell you what the labels won’t.” The tours explore the difficult histories of how objects came to be in the museum. We discuss collecting, curating, and representation, and ask the question: ‘if objects tell many stories, which ones are on the labels… Read full article


Operation Survival

What can our museums contribute to audiences understanding issues about the environment? Find out about the work behind our new puzzle solving team-game, Operation Survival. What is Operation Survival? It’s a live action team game facilitated by actors and staff from games company Fire Hazard Games. Teams are set the challenge of solving a series of puzzles and clues, with the… Read full article

Creativity & Experimentation: Digital Making

The University of Cambridge Museums Digital Maker Residency ran between January and March 2018. In this blog post we give an overview of the project and consider what we found out about the creative potential of digital making in museums. The University of Cambridge Museums (UCM) Digital Maker Residency ran between January and March 2018. Over the course of the… Read full article


Do Not Touch: getting in touch with PhD students to answer difficult questions at the Fitzwilliam

The Fitzwilliam Museum has been thinking about tactile access to collections for a long time. From touch tours for the blind and partially sighted to education seminars for students, the Museum understands that touch can offer a fantastic opportunity to learn from and enjoy the collections. Working in Collections Care, I am approaching this topic from a slightly different angle;… Read full article

Learning to Teach in the Museum

Find out about our cultural placement programme with the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education which gives trainee teachers the opportunity to spend a week finding out about creative and cross-curricular learning in museums and galleries. Each year, a group of trainee teachers from the Primary PGCE course at University of Cambridge Faculty of Education spend time at the National… Read full article


Who was William Hayley?

William Hayley (1745-1820) is a neglected figure whose influence on literary and cultural history is now being recognised. But who was he? Dr Lisa Gee has been researching and cataloguing the Fitzwilliam Museum’s Hayley Papers. The Fitzwilliam Museum holds the world’s largest collection of manuscript material relating to William Hayley (1745-1820). But who was he? A largely unknown figure today,… Read full article

In Memoriam Dr Lewis Moysey, WWI doctor and donor to the Sedgwick Museum

2018 is the centenary of the death of WW I Army medic, Dr Moysey, University of Cambridge graduate and donor to the Sedgwick Museum. Dr Moysey was a keen amateur palaeontologist with published papers on the fossils he collected and researched to his name. Tragically, Dr Moysey lost his life when the hospital ship he was sailing on was torpedoed in the Bristol Channel.