The Americas

About the Session 

Find out about the peoples and cultures of Mesoamerica and South America. See and handle objects from Peru, Mexico and even the far corners of the Amazon rainforest.  From modern jewellery to ancient potatoes, this session will help students better understand the cultural diversity of Latin America.

Duration: 1.5 hours

The Romans

About the Session 

This session encourages children to look closely at the objects in the Fitzwilliam Museum galleries to discover more about Roman beliefs, technology and everyday life.

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.

The Ancient Greeks

About the Session 

Look closely at the objects in the galleries to discover more about Ancient Greek beliefs, technology and everyday life.

Exploring what life was like in Ancient Greece by looking closely at a variety of objects and making deductions about how they were made and used.

Duration: 2 hours

The Ancient Egyptians

About the Session 

Look closely at the objects in the galleries to discover more about Ancient Egyptian beliefs, technology and everyday life.

This session encourages children to look closely at the objects in the galleries to discover more about Ancient Egyptian beliefs, technology and everyday life.

Duration: 2 hours

Ancient Maya

About the Session 

How did the ancient Maya express their identity? What objects they used to show their power? What can archaeology tell us about Maya life? These are some of the questions we will discuss while students learn how to read a Maya monument and handle objects from Central and South America.

Duration: 90 minutes

Anglo-Saxon and Viking Invaders

About the Session 

Archaeologists use objects from burials (grave goods) to learn about the lives, art, culture and settlements of Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. Students will see grave goods, complete a sensory activity and reconstruct an Anglo-Saxon burial using real artefacts and teaching replicas. 

Duration: 90 minutes

Roman Britain

About the Session 

What was life like in Roman Britain? Did people live in the Cambridge area in Roman times? What can archaeology tell us about Roman settlements in Britain? These are some of the questions we will discuss as students see and handle objects from across the Roman Empire as well as objects found in Duroliponte (Cambridge’s Roman town name).

Duration: 90 minutes

Adorning the Dead: Rituals for the Afterlife

About the Session 

This gallery taught session explores the different ways in which people in the past have prepared their dead. Funerary rituals, grave goods, and ancestor veneration are just a few of the topics discussed while students see first-hand burial artefacts from the Museum’s collection. 

Duration: 1.5 hours

Session Format: A museum teacher will lead the first 45 minutes of the session.  Students will then have a chance to independently investigate the galleries and conduct their own object research.

Stone Age to Iron Age

About the Session 

Students will use their senses to explore the sounds, sights and smells of the past. By handling ancient objects and using MAA’s multisensory bags, pupils will consolidate their chronological understanding and identify the similarities and differences between ways of life in different time periods. 

Duration: 1.5 hours

Learning from Objects

About the Session 

Through enquiry based learning and handling real artefacts, students will discover how Archaeologists and Anthropologists use objects to learn about people. By the end of the session students will know how to use objects as a springboard to understanding a wider historical topic or theme. 

Duration: 1.5 hours