True Colours: beetles and birds in the museum

Inspired by this year’s Festival of Ideas theme, Truth, educators from the Fitzwilliam Museum and Museum of Zoology created activities to help young children and their families explore the “true” essence of colours in art and nature. The Fitzwilliam Museum and Museum of Zoology have collaborated on Early Years activities in the past, but this time we wanted to change… Read full article

Looking back on the Festival of Light

In October 2017, the Botanic Garden played host to the Festival of Light. One of the University of Cambridge Museums’ most ambitious events to date, the free Festival was the culmination of the year-long India Unboxed season. A thousand-strong audience enjoyed an epic live performance by Talvin Singh, crafts and activities by the individual Museums and Emergency Exit Arts, and… Read full article

India Unboxed: The Indian crocodilian

The next video in our India Unboxed series comes from the Museum of Zoology. The Indian Gharial, Gavialis gangeticus, is one of the largest living crocodilians and this skull is one of the largest in any collection. It was collected from the Yamuna River in north-central India, and presented to the Museum in 1897 by Ernest Hanbury Hankin, a pioneering… Read full article