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

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