Museum Remix: Unheard is an experiment in museum storytelling.

museum remix logoHelp us remix and retell the stories behind the University of Cambridge Museums' under-explored objects. Each month we'll set you a new creative challenge. How you respond is up to you. Our first challenge is SOUND. Scroll down to find out more.

We'll share your creations on our social media, and, at the end of each challenge, a guest curator will make their selection for an online exhibition hosted on our Discover page. Once we're able to return to the museums, the exhibitions will be available from our museum galleries via digitally enhanced labels.

 

Get involved!

Why you should take part

  • Create new art and interpretation
  • Tell the stories that need to be heard 
  • Have your work shared on our social media
  • Be in with the chance for your work to be included in an online exhibition and accessible from the museums' galleries.

What do you need?

  • A phone or digital camera.
  • Access to the internet.

You need to be aged 16 older to take part.

Great! Sign me up! Head over to our Volunteer Makers page to sign up and receive more info.

Why now?

The collections of the University of Cambridge Museums span four billion years and all seven continents. We are good at collecting. But we haven't always been good at listening. George Doji, Museum Remix host, tells us more:

 

CHALLENGE ONE: SOUND

DEADLINE: Midnight on 14 July.

The theme of our first challenge is SOUND.

Using our objects below as a starting point, we invite you to remix them. Choose one or more and apply your own creative interpretation, to the objects themselves or their histories. These could take the form of a:

  • mini podcast
  • song
  • piece of music
  • poem
  • soundscape

Or anything else you can think of, as long as it's presented in an audio format. Could these objects inspire an ASMR experience? A meditation? A spoken-word story?

You can choose one or more of the objects below to remix. Your submission should be no longer than 3 minutes.

Head to our Volunteer Makers page to sign up and find out how to submit.

The header image for this page is an extract from The Museum of Life, an artwork produced for our 2019 Museum Remix project.

 

Objects

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Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences

Photograph with an untold story

Film
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

How do we untangle complex colonial histories to reach the unnamed sitter of these portraits?

Film
Museum of Classical Archaeology

Why are we reluctant to engage with the idea of a woman taking part in a battle?

Film
The Fitzwilliam Museum

How should we approach the Queen who became a symbol of the British Empire itself?

 

 

Film
Whipple Museum of the History of Science

Who counts as a scientist?

Film
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

A small plate with a big story

Film
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

An intriguing pair of necklaces from early human history

 

Film
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

A mask with many unheard stories

Film
The Polar Museum

A well-travelled typewriter

 

Film
The Fitzwilliam Museum, Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences

For Museum Remix: Unheard, Liz Hide and Helen Ritchie answer questions about their Museum Remix objects live on YouTube

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