Arts on Prescription

Two University of Cambridge Museums, the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and the Fitzwilliam Museum, are working in partnership with Cambridgeshire charity Arts and Minds  to create Arts on Prescription courses and sessions, as part of a project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project uses an innovative ‘social prescribing’ model which enables GPs, nurses and other care professionals… Read full article

Museum Mindfulness

Mindfulness is about being completely aware of the present moment. It can be practised at any time – you can do mindful walking, mindful eating, even mindful tooth-brushing! We wanted to see how mindfulness could impact and maybe even improve a museum visit. I attended the GEM Foundation Course in Museum Learning last October. As part of the course, we… Read full article


Arts on Prescription

Two University of Cambridge Museums, the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and the Fitzwilliam Museum, are working in partnership with Cambridgeshire charity Arts and Minds  to create Arts on Prescription courses and sessions, as part of a project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project uses an innovative ‘social prescribing’ model which enables GPs, nurses and other care professionals… Read full article

Museum Mindfulness

Mindfulness is about being completely aware of the present moment. It can be practised at any time – you can do mindful walking, mindful eating, even mindful tooth-brushing! We wanted to see how mindfulness could impact and maybe even improve a museum visit. I attended the GEM Foundation Course in Museum Learning last October. As part of the course, we… Read full article


Paper art images mounted

Conservation Stories – live-streaming from behind-the-scenes

The conservation and collections care staff at the Fitzwilliam Museum have been thinking about how live-streaming can help open up our collections and shed light on those working behind-the-scenes. Our first Facebook Live is scheduled for 14 September 2018, as part of Open Cambridge. In this post, I share how we’ve prepared for these live videos – including a full… Read full article


Work experience at the Zoology exploring the collections

“I had a great week working there!”: Work Experience at the University of Cambridge Museums

During the final week of University of Cambridge Museums Work Experience, Deniz from Impington Village College, Maicie from Stour Valley Community School, Katie from Comberton Village College and Nellie-Mae from Cambourne Village College all spent time at the Fitzwilliam Museum and another of our University Museums. We asked them some questions about their time with UCM, what they did and… Read full article

The stage at conference withPower of Play written on the screen

3 Things We Learned at AMA 2018

Eleanor Costello, Kettle’s Yard Marketing Assistant, and Richard White, UCM Marketing & Communications Coordinator, share their three favourite moments from this year’s Arts Marketing Association Conference. Eleanor Costello This year was my second time at the annual Arts Marketing Association conference. I was excited to be in Liverpool for the first time to hear all about ‘The Power of Play’… Read full article


Taking down the Gortyn Law Code

Over a period of two weeks in September 2018, the Gortyn Law Code was taken down at the Museum of Classical Archaeology (MoCA). The team tasked with the de-install were Kirstie Williams ACR, UCM Organics Conservator; Susanne Turner, Curator at MoCA; and Hannah Price, then Museum & Collections Assistant at MoCA. What is the Gortyn Law Code? The Gortyn Law Code,… Read full article

Adam Sedgwick’s boots return to Cambridge after 191 years

Rounding off a geological tour of Scotland in September 1827, two young ‘rising stars’ of British geology, Adam Sedgwick and Roderick Murchison, visited the Scottish home of another pioneer of 19th-century geology – Charles Lyell. Sedgwick left his field boots behind and now 191 years later, the Gifford family, relatives of Lyell, have kindly donated them back to the Sedgwick… Read full article