• How much archaeology is too much?
    What is supposed to happen to all the stuff that archaeologists dig up? And what do we do when it finds its way to a museum very much like ours? I’m on my hands and knees carefully lifting piece after piece of Roman roof tile from the demolition layer of a Roman villa into trays which will carry each and… Read full article
  • Making an exhibition – Spotlight on Stores Move
    There’s a new show in town and we’re excited! Spotlight on Stores Move at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (MAA) is a mini-exhibition with a behind-the-scenes twist. We wanted to show you some of the objects which have become close to our hearts over the past couple of years as we prepare them to move to their new home…. Read full article
  • Museums as gateways to the natural world: The sky and beyond
    Ruth Clarke, Learning Associate – Inclusion, Fitzwilliam Museum & University of Cambridge Museums (UCM), shares the first of three nature inspired blog posts in which older people provide insights into the question ‘how does engaging with nature, through art and artefacts, support people’s wellbeing?’ During 2022 this question is being explored as part of  Age Well , the UCM’s cultural engagement framework… Read full article
  • Creative responses to Magdalene Odundo in Cambridge
    In March and April 2022, two inclusion events were held at the Fitzwilliam Museum in response to Magdalene Odundo in Cambridge, a show curated by Dame Magdalene Odundo, one of the greatest ceramic artists working today, and featuring global ceramics from the Fitzwilliam and Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology collections alongside her own work. We shared photographs from the two… Read full article
  • Pride Rocks
    During the Sedgwick Museum‘s Moving a Mountain collections move project, the team has encountered many colourful rocks. This encouraged us to create a rock-inspired Progress Pride flag. Our collections move project is in full swing and we’ve managed to move an impressive 5962 drawers so far, totalling about 116131 specimens. That’s a lot of rocks! And while there are a… Read full article
  • Earth Clinic: exploring climate change with families
    Earth Day is all about bringing people and communities together to appreciate and invest in the world around us. This year, the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences and Department of Earth Sciences marked Earth Day with its very first ‘Earth Clinic’ — a family event to raise awareness of climate change and give visitors the chance to explore what scientists… Read full article
  • Come on in: October 2021-March 2022
    What a difference six months make.  It’s always busy here in Cambridge, but between October 2021 and March 2022, it seemed especially so as we travelled further down the road to pandemic recovery. We delivered a huge spread of activity from exhibitions, programming, collections care, community engagement and a very exciting new research initiative, all while continuing to manage changing… Read full article
  • Scars and stitches: Repairs in African collections
    What if broken things were not to be mourned, but to be celebrated? The Stores Move project at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology has recently completed its work on the West, North and East African collections and uncovered some amazing examples of repairs. Discover how damage can trigger extraordinary displays of skills and strength. In the last few months,… Read full article
  • Diversifying the Museum Voice
    Are you considering or involved in an exhibition, display, project or activity which includes sharing authorship and working collaboratively with others to bring new voices into the museum? Could you potentially benefit from facilitated time with peers to discuss your work, share challenges, ideas, concerns, opportunities and ways forward? Could a guiding framework for this work be of use to… Read full article
  • How do you research a colonial era collection?
    Visiting researcher Zoe Cormack talks about her research on the colonial histories of collections at Cambridge, the previous owners of African objects now stored at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and the new questions and connections this research is bringing to light. As a visiting researcher in the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (MAA) in Cambridge, I am investigating… Read full article
  • Getting Hands on with Touch Tours at the University of Cambridge Museums
    Suspended due to COVID-19, we have now been able to resume and extend our popular series of Touch Tours, for visitors who are blind and partially sighted. Participants and educators are thrilled to get back into the museum spaces, and to touch, explore and handle real museum objects and sculptures in person. Since the museums’ reopening following lockdown, there has… Read full article
  • Look Imagine Move with music and dance, step into art at the Fitzwilliam Museum: Artworks in focus films
    Ruth Clarke shares this new series of films, made in collaboration with dance artist Filipa Pereira-Stubbs, designed to relax and restore body and mind, through guided contemplations of artworks in the Fitzwilliam collection. Born out of the established UCM Dance with the Museum programme, the Look Imagine Move films animate artworks across the Fitzwilliam Museum collection through invitations to engage… Read full article
  • Age Well: supporting older people’s health and wellbeing through cultural connections
    Taking place through partnerships across the Cambridgeshire region, Age Well is a new framework for the UCM that brings together programmes with, and for,  older people. It is specifically aimed at those living in or supported by social or residential care, and who have complex health conditions including, dementia, physical disability, muscular skeletal issues and strokes. Age Well is looking… Read full article
  • It’s Our Museum Too!
    In early 2020, a group of young children and staff from a local community playgroup spent four mornings ‘in residence’ at the Fitzwilliam Museum. This collaborative action research project built on the findings of the 2017 UCM Nursery in Residence aiming to explore young children’s encounters with objects, spaces and places. Educators from the museum and the playgroup worked together… Read full article
  • Exploring museum collections with young people seeking asylum
    During summer 2021, the University of Cambridge Museums (UCM) enjoyed the chance to share our collections with unaccompanied young people seeing asylum, offering opportunities to get creative, to develop their spoken English through conversations in the galleries, to discover their own connections with museum objects and to do something fun during their break from college. The University of Cambridge Museums… Read full article
  • Exploring blended models for Arts Award projects
    In summer 2021, still facing the challenges of reopening our sites, maintaining social distancing and working with schools as they regained confidence in running school trips, we explored how to run a Bronze Arts Award with secondary school students using a blended model – namely, a mixture of online and in-person engagement. Each year the University of Cambridge Museums (UCM)… Read full article
  • (Please don’t) Shake, rattle and roll
    It’s the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (MAA) Stores Move team here again. We’ve been busy packing all kinds of fascinating and surprising objects, including some rather animated Mexican artefacts from the 19th and 20th century. Our goal is to keep them safe during their trip across Cambridge to the Centre for Material Culture (CMC), and to ensure that they… Read full article
  • A year of allyship
    The University of Cambridge Museums (UCM) Change Makers champion and campaign for improved representation and diversity within our consortium and our audiences. 2022 is an exciting year for Change Makers. Jasmine Brady, Chair of the Change Makers Action Group, tells us more. Hello Jasmine. So what’s Change Makers all about and how does it work? Hello, UCM Blog. It’s a… Read full article
  • Gurgling in the Galleries
    Having supported many families with young children throughout the pandemic, educators at the Fitzwilliam Museum became aware of a need for more stimulating and social opportunities for babies under 12 months and their carers – so ‘Gurgling in the Gallery’ sessions were born! What is ‘Gurgling in the Gallery’? Gurgling in the Gallery is a fun and friendly, interactive museum… Read full article
  • Alexander Atta Yaw Kyerematen and Akan Goldweights at MAA
    A spotlight on the life and work of Alexander Atta Yaw Kyerematen, founder and first director of the Centre for National Culture, Kumasi (Ghana) and collector of a collection of Akan goldweights at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (MAA). This blogpost was made possible by the generous contributions of Barima Asumadu Sakyi, Regional Director of the Centre for National… Read full article
  • To QR, or NFC, that is the question.
    Do museum visitors use QR codes? What about near field communication? More importantly, would visitors use those to connect with creative digital content created by our community? Read on! In the summer of 2020 we ran Museum Remix: Unheard, inviting our communities to make new creative content – films, audio and 2D works – inspired by our collections. This all… Read full article