Via gallery investigation, source analysis and discussion, and students will get a glimpse of science from the diverse perspectives of colonial forces and native peoples. After being led around our Astronomy and Empire exhibition by a museum teacher, students will be given sources and objects in order to prepare presentations on three or four case studies exhibited.
Duration: 90 minutes
Session Format: 30 minute taught session + 30 minute case study preparation + 30 presentation and discussion
What is the role of museums in society? How should museums use objects to represent other cultures? How can objects help construct and display identity? These are some of the questions that frame this cross-cultural gallery-taught session, which combines critical thinking, self-reflection, discussion, looking and object handling activities.
Duration: 1 hour
Available: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. All Seasons.
Through the objects in the Museum, students will focus on the achievements of scientists who worked in Cambridge and how their discoveries have contributed to the development of science. As part of the session, students will pick their favourite scientist and create a poster explaining why their scientist should win the ‘Nobel Prize for Cambridge Scientists’.
Students will experience the diverse cultural life of West Africa through masks, jewellery, metal work, musical instruments and everyday items. This session can be adapted to include more about the lives of the Edo people of the Kingdom of Benin.