Young people standing with ears pressed to a tree

‘Branch’ing out with Centre 33 Young Carers

Centre 33 and the University of Cambridge Museums (UCM) have a long-term partnership stretching back over ten years which enables young carers in the county to come together, have fun and creatively engage with our collections. During the summer young carers from the Centre joined us at the museums to discover how nature, and particularly trees, have inspired and been… Read full article

Decolonising the Archive: Cambridge Anthropology and Torres Strait Island Kastom

A recent collaborative project to publish Recording Kastom: Alfred Haddon’s Journals from the Torres Strait and New Guinea, 1888 and 1898, highlights the far-reaching value of anthropological collections for ongoing research and community empowerment. Read on to find out how the process of publishing Haddon’s journals enabled us to better understand, activate and decolonize our collections. Alfred Haddon’s expeditions to… Read full article


Student artwork; abstract blue and white watercolour

The Art of Science: Bringing back practical learning at the Polar Museum

Artist educator Alice White has been working with the team at the Polar Museum to discover how the spirit of exploration connects artistic and scientific enquiry. The impulse to question, experiment, and communicate our knowledge and experience is shared by artists and scientists alike. This project aims to show that cross-disciplinary collaboration leads to greater understanding and new perspectives. Alice… Read full article

Young people standing with ears pressed to a tree

‘Branch’ing out with Centre 33 Young Carers

Centre 33 and the University of Cambridge Museums (UCM) have a long-term partnership stretching back over ten years which enables young carers in the county to come together, have fun and creatively engage with our collections. During the summer young carers from the Centre joined us at the museums to discover how nature, and particularly trees, have inspired and been… Read full article


Young people standing with ears pressed to a tree

‘Branch’ing out with Centre 33 Young Carers

Centre 33 and the University of Cambridge Museums (UCM) have a long-term partnership stretching back over ten years which enables young carers in the county to come together, have fun and creatively engage with our collections. During the summer young carers from the Centre joined us at the museums to discover how nature, and particularly trees, have inspired and been… Read full article

Building relationships during the pandemic ~ blind and partially sighted people, creativity and museum collections

In 2018, the University of Cambridge Museums (UCM) extended the opportunity for blind and partially sighted people to engage with collections through a pilot creative workshop series . Proving instantly popular, this work has gone on to become a core part of the Museums public programme, both pre and during the Pandemic. Working very much in the frame of collaboration… Read full article


Transforming Collections and Ourselves: introducing the MAA Stores Move

How have you been? You doing OK? Things have been pretty wild here, in a panic-don’t-panic, start-stop kind of way. Last March we were selecting an incredible team of nine Collections Assistants from an extraordinary field of over 700 applicants to join the most ambitious project the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (MAA) has undertaken in at least a generation…. Read full article

A six month snapshot

Last month, we marked one year since the introduction of measures to limit the COVID-19 pandemic. Our last update was published in October 2020, just as the University of Cambridge Museums and Botanic Garden (UCM) were prepared to be fully open to the public again for the first time in six months. A return to normality? Not quite. Our pandemic journey… Read full article


Student artwork; abstract blue and white watercolour

The Art of Science: Bringing back practical learning at the Polar Museum

Artist educator Alice White has been working with the team at the Polar Museum to discover how the spirit of exploration connects artistic and scientific enquiry. The impulse to question, experiment, and communicate our knowledge and experience is shared by artists and scientists alike. This project aims to show that cross-disciplinary collaboration leads to greater understanding and new perspectives. Alice… Read full article

Decolonising the Archive: Cambridge Anthropology and Torres Strait Island Kastom

A recent collaborative project to publish Recording Kastom: Alfred Haddon’s Journals from the Torres Strait and New Guinea, 1888 and 1898, highlights the far-reaching value of anthropological collections for ongoing research and community empowerment. Read on to find out how the process of publishing Haddon’s journals enabled us to better understand, activate and decolonize our collections. Alfred Haddon’s expeditions to… Read full article


Decolonising the Archive: Cambridge Anthropology and Torres Strait Island Kastom

A recent collaborative project to publish Recording Kastom: Alfred Haddon’s Journals from the Torres Strait and New Guinea, 1888 and 1898, highlights the far-reaching value of anthropological collections for ongoing research and community empowerment. Read on to find out how the process of publishing Haddon’s journals enabled us to better understand, activate and decolonize our collections. Alfred Haddon’s expeditions to… Read full article