Z 7106 A. Square headed brooch set with garnets and decorated with "chip carved" zoomorphic ornament in Salin’s style I.

Masks and Monsters: Decoding Anglo-Saxon Metalwork

Do you ever feel like you’re being watched? A pair of eyes amongst the bracken, a shadowy silhouette in the moonlight, the Queen of England on your toast? The phenomenon is called pareidolia: the product of a paranoid brain. Human minds are constantly searching for patterns and meaning in the world around them; sometimes seeing a face in the trees… Read full article

Teaching the Trumpington Treasures

I fell in love with the Anglo-Saxons the first time I visited the reconstructed village at West Stow. There was something about the dusty landscape and twisted pines, the mingled smell of woodsmoke and baking sand, the specific sound of green wood splintering around an axe. I was 10 years old and I’d moved with my family from a little… Read full article

Museum Remix at the Museum of Classical Archaeology

In February 2020, the Museum of Classical Archaeology (MOCA) installed an exhibition with an unusual origin. The artworks had been created in just two days. To find out why, we need to go back to September 2019, when MOCA, along with four other University of Cambridge Museums (UCM) invited museum activists, students, volunteers and artists to take part in Museum… Read full article