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

Portraits

About the Session 

What do portraits tell us about people, who they are and what is their character? How do artists show differences between people and what they are feeling?

Duration: 2 hours

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

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

Explorers

About the Session 

Learn about the people of the world and the journeys of famous European explorers such as Captain James Cook. Students will explore faraway lands and complete a giant map of the world with their findings.

Duration: 1 hour

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

Native Americas: North America

About the Session 

This gallery-taught session focuses on Native American and First Nation cultures of the Northwest Coast, Southwest and Great Plains of North America. Students will come face to face with fascinating objects such as a 14m Haida totem pole, a Plains Cree chief outfit and a Kachina Doll made by the Hopi. 

This session can be extended to a 90 minutes session that includes a craft activity inspired by the collections.

Duration: 1 hour

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