• A walk to Jupiter: With Distance comes Perspective
    This summer, Young Carers from Centre 33 based across Cambridgeshire have been exploring out of this world art and objects. Our summer project is inspired by Our Place in Space, a scale model and artwork of our solar system designed by artist Oliver Jeffers and stretching from Midsummer Common in Cambridge, all the way to Waterbeach, part of the nationwide… Read full article
  • Widening Participation activity across the University of Cambridge Museums
    As the new academic year gets underway, let’s look back on a year of exciting Widening Participation activity across the University of Cambridge Museums (UCM) – a range of projects to support children and young people who might experience barriers to taking part in our cultural offer. The year started with a collaboration between The Fitzwilliam Museum and Kettle’s Yard… Read full article
  • ‘Zensation’: University Student Wellbeing
    Education Officer, Sarah-Cate Blake discusses ‘Zensation’, a stress-busting programme offering university students a space to unwind and engage creatively with the Fitzwilliam Museum. Being a student can be a time when we experience a huge amount of stimulus from new environments, work studies, social excitement or the lack thereof. Experienced over a longer timeframe these stimuli may present as hyperactivation… Read full article
  • Powerful Stories: April-September 2022
    Welcome to your twice-yearly round-up of the goings on across the University of Cambridge Museums. It’s been busy! Between April and September 2022, we welcomed… With the return of a substantial post-pandemic offer of events and activities onsite – more about that below – we’ve seen our visitor numbers continue to recover, and welcomed more than twice the number of… Read full article
  • Musical Bumps – Finding our Voice
    The arrival of a new baby in a family can feel like living in a kaleidoscope of emotions as everyone settles into new roles, responsibilities, and routines. The Fitzwilliam Museum’s Musical Bumps course used art and music to support new parents to share a unique experience with their babies while affirming their own creative identities at the same time. Life… Read full article
  • A Journey of Discovery through Art and Conversation
    The Arthur Rank Hospice support adults living across Cambridgeshire with an advanced serious illness or other life limiting condition. It cares for more than 4000 patients each year at the Hospice in Cambridge, the Alan Hudson Day Care Centre in Wisbech and in patient’s own homes. At the beginning of 2020 a community partnership began between the Arthur Rank Hospice… Read full article
  • Behind the Scenes: Working with the Ugandan Barkcloth Collection at the Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology
    The Stores Move project at the Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology (MAA) have been busy documenting, photographing and packing over 250,000 objects from 162 countries ready for transfer to the new Centre for Material Culture (CMC). Earlier this year, as part of on-going project work, we prepared a collection of 38 lengths of Ugandan barkcloth at MAA. With no photos… Read full article
  • 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