Solving a Chilly Mystery

Conservators are often privy to some of the most exciting discoveries on individual objects within museum collections, since we work so intimately with them. It isn’t every day that you discover a veritable Russian Doll of objects thought to be lost to history, however! The project began fairly straightforward, with a set of leggings and mittens from the Oroqen people… Read full article

Life Changing Work Experience

Nellie-Mae Morgan has just received an unconditional offer to University. This is how she thinks UCM has helped.  I first became involved with the University of Cambridge Museums (UCM) in 2017 when I attended a Work Experience Taster Day, which I found out about at a careers fair at my college, Cambourne Village College.  The day consisted of bring 30… Read full article

What’s in a label?

Sometimes we find objects in our store that have little or no known documentation – the object has in effect become ‘lost’. Sometimes, however, museum staff are lucky enough to have an old label or mark on the object. But how can we build an object biography from old labels? During the autumn term – Michaelmas Term here in Cambridge… Read full article