Since 2012, we’ve undertaken projects of all shapes and sizes. To deliver this program, we’ve collaborated with a huge variety of organisations – from the University, local area and further afield. Find out more about our past ventures here:
Giving an overview of our work in each year, you can read our annual reviews online.
2021-2022 Year in Numbers
2020-2021 A year like no other
Operation Survival and Cambridge Codebreakers: The Last Secret
We partnered with Fire Hazard Games to deliver two high-octane digital adventure games across a number of our museums. Imagine head-scratching puzzles and a madcap rush between venues (not in the galleries!). Find out more on our Collections in Action blog:
Cambridge Codebreakers: turning museum visitors into players
Cambridge Codebreakers: developing a codebreaking adventure across four museums
To mark the UK-India Year of Culture 2017, we celebrated a shared season on the theme of India - a programme of exhibitions, events, digital encounters, discussions, installations and more within the museums and the city of Cambridge.
Rooted in our collections, the programme explored themes of identity and connectivity for audiences in both the UK and India, with support from Arts Council England. Read the India Unboxed Evaluation Report
The Museum as Method
This conference, run in collaboration with the University's Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CRASSH), brought together scholars from disciplines interested in material culture and curators from across the arts and sciences, to reflect on both questions of methodology and public policy.
Curating Cambridge: our city, our stories, our stuff was a collaborative arts and cultural season which took place over October and November 2014. Read the Curating Cambridge Evaluation Report
Artist in Residence, North West Cambridge Development
The Artist in Residence programme at the North West Cambridge Development ran throughout the development of the site, with three artists being appointed each year.
Discoveries: Art, Science and Exploration
In 2014, Discoveries, the first major show to bring together the fascinating collections from all eight University of Cambridge Museums, took place at London's Two Temple Place and the Fitzwilliam Museum.
From March to July 2013 specimens, objects and artworks from the University of Cambridge Museums and collections took up residence at Kettle's Yard. The 'guests', from butterflies to Inuit carving, invited visitors to see Kettle's Yard in a new light and to discover more about the University of Cambridge Museums.
In 2012 Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy invited ten of the best UK poets writing today to take part in a series of residencies at the University of Cambridge Museums. Each poet spent time in their host museum or collection, exploring the collection and working with young people, helping them to develop their critical thinking skills as well as their writing.
Enjoy boundary pushing jazz in the atmospheric Whale Café.
A different Polar story each session with renowned storyteller Marion Leeper.
Do you want to learn how to draw dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals?
A zoology discovery course designed especially for individuals living at home with a dementia diagnosis and their care partners.
From squirrels scuttling through the trees to worms wriggling through the soil, discover woodland animals with stories and play at Animal Tails storytime for early years.
Take a tour around the Museum of Zoology and see specimen collected by Charles Darwin.
Join Curator of Malacology Dr Richard Preece as he describes the Sir Peter Scott Commemorative Expedition to the Pitcairn Islands in 1991-2.
Practice capturing the wonderful detail and atmosphere of skeletal photography with professional photographer Susan Elaine Jones.
Make like a swallow and escape the UK winter cold at the Museum of Zoology. Hear about the science of animal migrations, and explore warmer climes with arts and trails for grown ups.
Drop-in on the first Saturday of the month and join us for activities and art-making on the theme of 'start with art'.
Drop-in on the first Saturday of the month and join us for activities and art-making on the theme of 'Chinese New Year'.
Drop-in on the first Saturday of the month and join us for activities and art-making on the theme of 'spring fling'.
Drop-in on the first Saturday of the month and join us for activities and art-making on the theme of 'coin it'.
Join us for the last weekend of 'Richard Pousette-Dart: Beginnings, A Young Abstract Expressionist in New York'.
British pianist Ivana Gavrić performs at Kettle's Yard.
A concert with artists in residence Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective. Tom Poster (piano) will be playing with Karim Sulayman (tenor), Alec Frank-Gemmill (horn) and Mathilde Milwidsky (violin).
One of Britain’s finest string quartets, with a commitment to bringing together wide-ranging projects and programmes to expand the string quartet repertoire.
Violist and director Jennifer Stumm is recognized as one of the world’s dynamic and creative leaders for her instrument, known both for her distinctive sound and unbridled enthusiasm for music.
The Holy City of Jerusalem is central to the three Abrahamic traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Control of the city has been contested by the great empires of the region and has changed hands many times.
The story of the 1920s told through coins, medals and banknotes.
In 2015, the Museum received an exceptional collection of drawings, ceramics, glass and bronzes from Sir Ivor and Lady Batchelor, through the Art Fund.
Whistler & Nature casts a new light on the work of the great late-Victorian master, James McNeill Whistler.
To complement the major show on James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903), the Print Room is holding an exhibition of the artist’s etchings, drypoints and lithographs focussing on people.
This exhibition is the first of two successive selections of works on paper to celebrate the outstanding generosity of benefactors and donors who have helped to enrich the collections.
The selection of work at Kettle’s Yard includes sculptures, prints and drawings, reflecting different periods in Bourgeois’ life, and is drawn from the ARTIST ROOMS collection.
Mehretu's new installation of richly layered drawings and monotypes, extending her dynamic exploration of the potential of drawing and mark making which are fundamental to her art.
This exhibition which focusses on the remarkable discoveries made at Star Carr.
This new exhibition in the small but perfectly-formed Spotlight Gallery is a collaboration with the Cambridge Rivers Project to celebrate the launch of the Digital Museum of Kun Opera.
A temporary display at the University Museum of Zoology highlights historical depictions of both exotic and more familiar animals.
This exhibition looks at the changing face of travel, production and population in the Milesian landscape (around the ancient city of Miletos, today in modern Turkey) through photographs.
Acclaimed as a pianist of “amazing power and panache” (The Telegraph), Clare Hammond is recognised for the virtuosity and authority of her performances.
The Piatti Quartet are one of the most distinguished quartets of their generation.
An evening with Savitri Grier and Richard Uttley
Polar Encounters features 200 years of Arctic art by Inuit artists and European travellers to the far north, showing different interpretations of life at home, at camp and at sea.
Our artists in residence, Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective return to Kettle’s Yard in the first concert of our summer term.
"We need more teeth" celebrates a recent donation of theropod dinosaur casts from Dr Andrew Hempel and that most famous of dinosaurs, Tyrannosaurus rex.
How can we understand the history of the Earth's oceans by studying microfossils in columns of mud from the bottom of the sea?
Join us for an in depth experience with one of our knowledgeable Visitor Assistants.