New archaeological discoveries are made every year, but not always by archaeologists or in the places you expect. From back gardens to scientific laboratories, the past is everywhere. 

Beneath our feet are the traces of where people have lived, worked and died for thousands of years in Cambridgeshire. Using specific times, places and individuals, this exhibition aims to provide a snapshot of what life might have been like and how we know about it.

Discover Lucie Rie’s ground-breaking and unique ceramic practice, which made her one of the most significant potters of the twentieth century.

This tour is suitable for blind and visually impaired visitors. The tour is delivered in person, by members of the Kettle’s Yard learning team and will include time within the exhibition spaces.

FREE, booking required. Each ticket covers 2 people.

Image: Jo Underhill

Children from six local schools – Impington Village College, North Cambridge Academy, Sancton Wood, St Mary’s School, The Leys, and Trumpington Community College – were challenged with creating cracking designs for the ancient eggs.

The eggs will be on display during our usual opening hours

Monday - Friday 10.00-17.00

Visit the Museum to see our amazing nature inspired ceramics created by local primary school children. We have been working across the winter with three local primary schools and a ceramic artist, Louise Beale. As part of The Wild Escape project from The Art Fund, we asked children from three local schools to create a clay sculpture related to British wildlife - the results are now all on display in the Museum. Each carefully crafted sculpture has it's own conservation message, devised and drawn onto flags by the children. 

In celebration of the display, 'Refugee Silver: Huguenots in Britain', join us in person for a study day exploring the contributions of Huguenot craftspeople to the visual arts in Britain. Curators and experts will provide new perspectives on silver, ivories, prints and portrait miniatures.

Join us for the opening night of Simulacra, an exhibition by Zachary Eastwood Bloom at the Museum of Classical Archaeology. Grab a glass of wine and be one of the first to view this show of new works and works from the artist's archive.

 Zachary Eastwood-Bloom is an artist who is fascinated by the intersection of art and technology, and how the two can be combined to create something entirely new and unexpected. His latest exhibition, Simulacra, uses the power of artificial intelligence and machine learning to create a series of sculptures and images that draw inspiration from classical sculpture and painting.

The Cambridge Festival is open for booking, with a mixture of online, on-demand and in-person events covering all aspects of the world-leading research happening at Cambridge.

For 2023 the Festival includes a special fifth theme - Power.

From panel discussions, film premieres, and self-guided walking tours, to interactive activities for the whole family, discover a breadth events on the Festival website. 


Find events under the theme of power

Bringing together extraordinary antiquities, Islanders: The Making of the Mediterranean takes visitors on a 4,000-year journey from life in the ancient Mediterranean to today.

Spanning almost 400 years, this display of prints and drawings explores some of the ways artists have responded to political violence and social injustice. Drawn from collections at the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, the display surveys different forms of witnessing: works by artists who had direct experience of horrors, or who grew up in the shadow of terrible events; those who were commissioned to give visual form to the words of others, and those who assimilate in their work the trauma of distant ordeals.

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