• Life as a Museum Experience Intern
    My name is Amy and for the last three months, I have undertaken a Museum Experience Internship provided by University of Cambridge Museums. Last year, I graduated from my master’s degree in Earth Sciences and, like many recent graduates, I was deciding what was next. My master’s year was spent in the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, and I… Read full article
  • Welcoming Families at the Fitzwilliam Museum
    The Fitzwilliam Museum invited families to explore its Tensions of Belonging: Connecting Cambridge display through a special drop-in family event designed by members of the community. For more than a year, the Fitzwilliam Museum has been working with community members in the Connections Through Collections group to ask what happens when we place local residents at the heart of how… Read full article
  • A month as Inclusion Assistant
    I joined the University of Cambridge Museums team in early April as Inclusion Assistant Apprentice. Here’s everything I have been up to in my first few weeks. My first few weeks as Inclusion Assistant for the University of Cambridge Museums have been a whirlwind – in the best possible way! From jumping headfirst into community events to seeing a real… Read full article
  • Help digitise the collections at Cambridge University Herbarium
    Help digitise the Cambridge University Herbarium by becoming an online volunteer today! Cambridge University Herbarium is home to some 1.1 million plant specimens. The collection is a treasure trove of taxonomic, historic and ecological data waiting to be digitised and made available to researchers around the world. Thanks to a grant from the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF), we are… Read full article
  • University of Cambridge Museums Activity Update, October- December 2023
    Covering the period 1 October – 31 December, here is an insight into some of the stories behind our NPO-funded activity. Discover more about the work our museums and collections have been delivering under the main themes of: Social Justice, Our Planet, Creating Opportunities, Health and Wellbeing; as well as the additional delivery underpinning our programme enablement. Activity overview This… Read full article
  • Creative Health – Age Well Museum Resources
    Ruth Clarke, the UCM Inclusion Associate for Learning shares a series of collaboratively produced resources for the mind, body and imagination. Created through partnerships with health and social care providers for adults, the resources are designed to inspire, uplift and absorb, and provide respite and solace when needed. Discover the resources below. Dance into Nature with Art and Poetry –… Read full article
  • “I tried liquor and got a t-shirt!” Adventures with keywords in the Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology catalogue
    At the end of November staff and students at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology got together for a pilot workshop on ‘Keywords’, to collaboratively and competitively search the online catalogue for things that aren’t necessarily easy to find. Two of the participants reflect on their experiences. Blog posts on the MAA Digital Lab always start with an object in… Read full article
  • Power to the Programme: Piloting an Open Call for events and activities on the theme of Power and Memory
    Over the last 18 months the UCM Partnerships team have been working to explore the theme of Power and Memory across the consortium. One initiative we knew we wanted to try very early on was an ‘Open Call’ process – inviting community organisations and local creatives to suggest ideas for events and activities that the museums could help make happen… Read full article
  • Science, Exploration and Empire
    Science is often considered to be objective, just about “facts”. However, scientists are people and the way they see the world is affected by the ideas around them. At the Whipple Museum of the History of Science, we wanted to create a schools session that puts science in context and explores the darker side of the history of science in… Read full article
  • My Science Story- Women’s experiences in the field of science.
    Women who have worked or work in the sciences were invited to spend a creative afternoon at the Whipple Museum of the History of Science getting hands-on, and exploring their experiences of this field. This workshop was both a pilot for research to develop an artistic residency project, and a way of increasing audience awareness of the Whipple collection, and… Read full article
  • COLOUR: Art, Science and Power
    COLOUR: Art, Science and Power ran from July the 26th 2022 to April the 23rd 2023. The exhibition drew from across UCM collections and explored how colour influences our understanding of the world, our emotions, creativity and relations with others. It invited visitors to discover different ways that colours are perceived, experienced and given meaning. I worked as a research… Read full article
  • Curating COLOUR: Art, Science & Power
    The multidisciplinary exhibition COLOUR: Art, Science & Power showcased diverse and exceptional objects from across the University of Cambridge Museums. Colour is all around us. It reflects and influences our understanding of the world, our emotions, creativity and relations with others. The interdisciplinary exhibition COLOUR: Art, Science & Power at the Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology (26 July 2022 –… Read full article
  • Breaking the Silo: Delivering a Participant Led Workshop
    Connections Through Collections is a participatory action research project that has worked with ten local Cambridgeshire residents to interrogate how the Fitzwilliam Museum works. Later this year, we will launch a co-curated display in the Museum. In September, we joined our project colleagues at the Group for Education in Museums (GEM) conference to deliver a collaborative workshop, based on our… Read full article
  • Collections in Action: Quarter 2 Activity Update
    Covering the period 1 June – 30 September 2023, this post shares key statistics from our 7 museums and Botanic Garden and provides an insight into some of the stories behind our NPO-funded Collections In Action programme themes: Social Justice, Our Planet, Creating Opportunities, Health and Wellbeing, as well as our underpinning programme enablement activity. Key Statistics Audience numbers are… Read full article
  • University of Cambridge Museums Activity Update, October 2022 – March 2023
    Read on for a roundup of the activity from the University of Cambridge Museums (UCM) between October 2022 and March 2023, the final six months of our Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation programme for 2018-2023. It draws on key statistics provided by the seven museums and Botanic Garden; and highlights some of the activity delivered under our new programme… Read full article
  • A visit from the Reeshe Persian School
    The Reeshe (meaning ‘roots’ in Farsi) Persian School supports children to learn all about Persian language, culture, and heritage. Recently they visited the Fitzwilliam Museum to explore some very special Persian objects.     Like many Museum activities, the visit was the result of teamwork. Here those involved share their input: Suzanne Reynolds and Monika Stokowiec work in the Department… Read full article
  • Meet Cambridge University Botanic Garden’s new Artist-in-Residence, Nabil Ali
    Over the next 14 months, Nabil Ali will be working on an exciting project in the Botanic Garden called ‘DYE – nature, myth and climate’ . He will be working with a range of partners and sharing his work with artists, researchers and our visitors. We caught up with him to find out more… Artist-in-residence, Nabil Ali Welcome to Cambridge… Read full article
  • Facing Climate Change videos go live!
      The carbon footprint of museums can be extremely high, so what can we do to reduce our impact on the planet?  With energy and material costs spiralling, environmental sustainability is not just a ‘nice to have’; it is essential for every cultural heritage institution facing financial pressure. This is the biggest challenge facing museums today, wherever they are in… Read full article
  • Creating opportunities for young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)
    With the start of Collections in Action, our new Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) programme 2023-2026, getting underway, we’re taking the opportunity to talk to colleagues whose work aligns with one of the four main themes of the programme to find out what it means to them and their work. The four themes are Creating Opportunities, Social Justice,… Read full article
  • Power walking in the museums with our communities
    What happens when you have stories, a responsibility and eagerness to share them and an interest in building relationships? Three crucial questions that we found ourselves grappling with at the University of Cambridge Museums (UCM) as we embarked on a year-long programme, Power & Memory, exploring the legacies of empire. An answer for now is the Power Walk series, an… Read full article
  • Making Connections Through Collections
    Making Connections Through Collections was a pilot series of workshops exploring how the Fitzwilliam Museum chooses which objects and artworks to collect, and the acquisition process used to obtain them. At the Fitzwilliam Museum, and traditionally in most museums, acquiring objects is handled by a small team of museum staff which is responsible for finding, choosing, and purchasing items for… Read full article