India Unboxed: Astronomy and Empire

In this newest India Unboxed video, we visit the Whipple Museum of the History of Science to find out how transit instruments tracked the motion of the stars to keep time in India for the British Empire. Find out more in the Whipple Museum’s exhibition Astronomy and Empire, 2 October 2017 – 28 September 2018. India Unboxed is a year-long… Read full article

Families, Freedom and the Future: Under Fives in Museums

Museums are brilliant places for young children – the combination of exciting architectural spaces, amazing collection objects and the social aspects of museum visiting make for incredibly stimulating learning possibilities. However, engaging young children with museums can present challenges too. Nicola Wallis and Holly Morrison from the Fitzwilliam Museum Education Department share their insights from the Freedom to Explore: Engaging… 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


Life in the Garden: interning at the Botanic Garden

Patrick Hooper spent eight weeks as an intern at the Cambridge University Botanic Garden. During his time he contributed to the design and planning of a new interpretation hub to be built in the Garden in 2018, dubbed the Rising Path. His work focused on researching relevant literature on the evolution of land plants as a possible theme for a… Read full article

Families, Freedom and the Future: Under Fives in Museums

Museums are brilliant places for young children – the combination of exciting architectural spaces, amazing collection objects and the social aspects of museum visiting make for incredibly stimulating learning possibilities. However, engaging young children with museums can present challenges too. Nicola Wallis and Holly Morrison from the Fitzwilliam Museum Education Department share their insights from the Freedom to Explore: Engaging… Read full article


India Unboxed: Astronomy and Empire

In this newest India Unboxed video, we visit the Whipple Museum of the History of Science to find out how transit instruments tracked the motion of the stars to keep time in India for the British Empire. Find out more in the Whipple Museum’s exhibition Astronomy and Empire, 2 October 2017 – 28 September 2018. India Unboxed is a year-long… Read full article

An interview with Titus

We’re proud to present this exclusive interview with one of the Botanic Garden’s celebrities. Titus the titan arum plant’s spectacular flowering was all over the media this summer. We caught up with him as he takes a well-earned break after all the excitement. Hello Titus. Thank you for agreeing to be interviewed. First, please tell us a little bit more… Read full article