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For one day only – see exciting new prototypes across four museums!

Sunday 21 January 2018, 2pm – 4pm

How would you change a museum? Over three days, teams of makers, scientists, artists and communicators will develop prototypes to showcase our museums' narratives on climate change in our first ever Climate Hack.

On Sunday the 21 January we will reveal these a limited time to the public in four university museums. It could be an audio experience, a game or something totally unexpected! Have a chat with the makers, vote on your favourite and tell us what you would like to see in our museums.

The following museums will be open and showcasing one prototype each:  the Polar Museum, the University Museum of Zoology, the Whipple Museum of the History of Science & the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

What is Climate Hack?

Over three days 19-21 January, four museums in Cambridge, will be handing over control to teams of people to shake up how they share stories about climate change.

From Friday morning to Sunday afternoon, participants will collaborate in multi-disciplinary teams to create a prototype museum installation or experience in one of our collections.  The teams will be put together by the Climate Hack organisers to ensure that they each have the right combination of skills to bring a brilliant new idea to life – whether it’s a 3D interactive, an audio interpretation, an immersive experience or a hands on challenge, the choice is yours! At the end of the weekend the prototypes will be revealed for the public to play with and enjoy.

Where is it happening?

With the support of Makespace Cambridge, these four University of Cambridge Museums will be opening their doors to makers, designers and experts alike:

The Polar Museum - This museum tells the story of planet Earth's coldest, driest and deadliest places. Covering all aspects of life in the polar regions; exploration, Arctic cultures and modern polar science.
The Museum of Zoology - This museum traces the evolution of animal life with a vast collection of recent and fossil animals including a spectacular whale skeleton.
The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology - Experience the diversity of people and cultures from around the world. Highlights include Pacific material collected on Captain Cook's voyages of exploration and the 14-metre-high totem pole from Canada.
The Whipple Museum of the History of Science - A collection that demonstrates the vitality of past science with scientific instruments dating from the Middle Ages to the modern day.

Each museum will have a few areas of their collections they think are especially ripe for interpretation, and they’ll make sure they have experts on hand to share those objects and displays with teams.

If you have any questions, please email