Ourselves

About the Session 

How are we different from one another and how do artists show this? An introduction to looking at portraits.

Duration: 2 hours

From Greece to Rome: Tour of the Museum

About the Session 

Explore our collection of casts of Greek and Roman sculpture to find out about the development of the classical body over time and how the Greeks adorned their temples. These tours are popular with schools studying Classical Civilisation but they also serve as a great introduction to the subject for students of any discipline. 

Duration: 1 hour

Session Format: 45 minutes tour; 15 minutes looking round independently and chance to ask questions

Light

About the Session 

During this session students will look at telescopes, microscopes and sundials to explore light sources, reflection and shadows. Students will have the opportunity to handle scientific instruments and make their own dial.

Duration: 90 minutes

Session Format: 30 minute taught session + 30 minute worksheet +30 minute handling and/or craft activity.

Available: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. All Seasons.

The Art and Science of Looking

About the Session 

This session will focus on optical scientific instruments from the museum’s collection, exploring their ability to change how we see the world around us. Students will have the opportunity to sketch their own observations under a microscope, explore 2D and 3D by using stereoscopic viewers and look at other optical scientific instruments such as telescopes.

Duration: 90 minutes

Session Format: 30 minute taught session + 30 minute handling + 30 sketching in galleries

Polar Museum Tour for Teenagers

About the Session 

A whistle-stop tour of the polar regions including the life of Arctic peoples, history of polar exploration, research, politics and modern day science. From cannibalism to naked statues, this tour includes the grizzly and the ghastly...

Duration: 1 hour

Session Format: Interactive guided tour for 45 minutes plus 15 minutes to ask questions/ look around the gallery

Available: Wednesdays and Thursdays in school term time only.

Romanticism & Visionaries

About the Session 

Discover the work of major 18th Century artists and thinkers and link these to significant historic events.  

Romanticism and Visionaries is a gallery taught session that identifies significant artists and writers of the 18th and 19th century, and in particular William Blake. This session aims to widen the students' knowledge and understanding of Romanticism, the inspiration from the natural world and the influences of social and political change.  

Session Format: Gallery taught session

Poems & Pictures

About the Session 

A literacy based session which uses paintings to stimulate vocabulary and create group poems.

Duration: 90 minutes

Session Format: This Museum Teacher led session is free and scheduled for 90 minutes.  

Available: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. All Seasons.

How to Book 

Contact the Fitzwilliam Museum on 01223 332904 or email education@fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk to book, or to discuss your needs.

Creative Writing Through Art

About the Session 

A literacy based session using paintings to stimulate vocabulary and create stories, dialogue and/or poetry.

Duration: 2 hours

Session Format: The museum led session is scheduled for 2 hours and is delivered in the first 60 minutes of your booked slot. We recommend that schools use their second hour for follow-up time from the taught session.

Available: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. All Seasons.

Britain in the Inter-war Years

About the Session 

Explore the collections to trace the birth of Modernism through Art and Literature in Northern Europe.

Duration: 2 hours

Session Format: The museum led session is scheduled for 2 hours and is delivered in the first 60 minutes of your booked slot. We recommend that schools use their second hour for follow-up time from the taught session

Available: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. All Seasons.

Sculpture

About the Session 

Discuss shape, form, texture and materials and discover sculpture from ancient to modern.

Duration: 2 hours

Session Format: The museum led session is scheduled for 2 hours and is delivered in the first 60 minutes of your booked slot. We recommend that schools use their second hour for follow-up time from the taught session.

Available: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. All Seasons.