Reading Paintings

About the Session 

Why, how and what do artists paint? Looking closely at just a few paintings, we explore how artists use line, shape, colour, texture and composition to express their ideas.

Duration: 2 hours

Adventures in Art

About the Session 

Explore the museum collections playfully through stories, puzzles and quests in a selection of sessions for children in the Foundation Stage. Suitable for reception classes, nurseries, playgroups, preschools, Children's Centres etc.

Science, Exploration and Empire

About the Session 

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

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

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

Local History Study: Cambridge Scientists

About the Session 

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’. 

Duration: 90 minutes

Session Format: 30 minute taught session + 1 hour poster activity and presentation

Polar Exploration

About the Session 

Travelling back in time to the heroic era of Antarctic polar exploration (Scott and/or Shackleton), your students will pack for an imaginary expedition, get kitted up in some modern polar gear and take part in an interactive historic survival story. This session can be adapted to match your curriculum. 

Duration: 90 minutes

Session Format: A fast paced, interactive taught session lasting 90 minutes

Available: Wednesdays and Thursdays in school term time.

Scott's Dilemma

About the Session 

Step by step, problem by problem we travel through the story of Scott’s last expedition. How would your students approach the problems faced by Scott? This activity includes; team work, problem solving, time limits, moral dilemmas, empathy, letter writing, debate and discussion.

Duration: 1.5 - 2 hours

Session Format: Fast paced, interactive session for full duration including taught sessions and group work.

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