From Atmosphere to Zazz: what people want from their museum

James McMullen spent the summer at the Fitzwilliam Museum as part of his University of Leicester work placement. Working with a team of volunteers, he surveyed over 500 visitors to the Fitzwilliam and got feedback on their experiences. The answers he got were surprising, and gave a great foundation to build on for future development of the visitor experience. James writes…… Read full article

Integrating Religion and Science

This year the Whipple has had a bumper edition of work experience students. In June and July we had 5 work experience students come in, and the Whipple was keen to milk them for all of their worth ensure that they had enjoyable, well-rounded, and insightful projects on which to work during their stay here. As we wrote earlier in… Read full article


East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices at the Fitzwilliam

With support from charity Children and the Arts’ Start Hospice programme, the Fitzwilliam Museum has partnered with East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) in Milton, Cambridgeshire for 5 years. This article shares experiences of the programme so far and explains how the Museum and Hospice are planning to continue to work together in the future. Children & the Arts‘ programme Start… Read full article

5 things you’ve always wanted to know about Summer at the Museums (but were too busy to ask)

Susan Miller provides a snapshot summary of developing Summer at the Museums, the University of Cambridge Museums’ summer holiday family programme. 1. We’ve come a long way: the background Summer at the Museums has been around in one format or another since 2007. Initially, it was born from a simple aim get more families into our museums. Since then, the… Read full article


Valuing the Visual

Some highlights and reflections from the Valuing the Visual Conference at Sheffield School of Education on 4 and 5 July 2017. At the beginning of July I was fortunate to be able to go to the International Literacies Conference in Sheffield. The conference explored the intersections between written and spoken language and the visual. I was one of the only… Read full article

Livestreaming Cambridge’s stinkiest plant

Titus is the Botanic Garden’s titan arum plant, sometimes known as the corpse flower. It flowers only once a decade, and the resulting smell has been described as ‘dead badger’; ‘cheesy death’; ‘residue from microwaved kipper’ and ‘the time the freezer died at the Museum of Zoology’. Naturally, Team UCM was there to stream last month’s flowering experience live from… Read full article


From Atmosphere to Zazz: what people want from their museum

James McMullen spent the summer at the Fitzwilliam Museum as part of his University of Leicester work placement. Working with a team of volunteers, he surveyed over 500 visitors to the Fitzwilliam and got feedback on their experiences. The answers he got were surprising, and gave a great foundation to build on for future development of the visitor experience. James writes…… Read full article

Integrating Religion and Science

This year the Whipple has had a bumper edition of work experience students. In June and July we had 5 work experience students come in, and the Whipple was keen to milk them for all of their worth ensure that they had enjoyable, well-rounded, and insightful projects on which to work during their stay here. As we wrote earlier in… Read full article


India Unboxed: Headhunter’s Monkey Skull

This next video in the India Unboxed film series brings us face to face with the skull of a monkey who lived and died in the mountains of what is now Nagaland, in northeast India. Now at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Cambridge, it has travelled great distances, had several owners, and undergone a number of transformations. India Unboxed… Read full article

Integrating Religion and Science

This year the Whipple has had a bumper edition of work experience students. In June and July we had 5 work experience students come in, and the Whipple was keen to milk them for all of their worth ensure that they had enjoyable, well-rounded, and insightful projects on which to work during their stay here. As we wrote earlier in… Read full article