Families, Freedom and the Future: Under Fives in Museums

Museums are brilliant places for young children – the combination of exciting architectural spaces, amazing collection objects and the social aspects of museum visiting make for incredibly stimulating learning possibilities. However, engaging young children with museums can present challenges too. Nicola Wallis and Holly Morrison from the Fitzwilliam Museum Education Department share their insights from the Freedom to Explore: Engaging… Read full article

From Atmosphere to Zazz: what people want from their museum

James McMullen spent the summer at the Fitzwilliam Museum as part of his University of Leicester work placement. Working with a team of volunteers, he surveyed over 500 visitors to the Fitzwilliam and got feedback on their experiences. The answers he got were surprising, and gave a great foundation to build on for future development of the visitor experience. James writes…… Read full article

When is a fish not a fish?

Continuing our series on pests, we are now turning our attention to the silverfish.  These are often found lurking in the corners of the Fitzwilliam Museum, and, if left undisturbed, they can cause significant damage to a lot of our collections. Conversation with…a silverfish You’re not in water… True.  Can you see why I would be called a silverfish though?… Read full article