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Past Events

The Ozone Hole Discovery - 30 years on

Wednesday 16 September
6 - 8pm

The Polar Museum

An environmental story with a happy ending! Join Jon Shanklin, one of the trio from British Antarctic Survey who made the discovery of the ozone hole in 1985 to find out how it led to a global ban on harmful-ozone depleting substances. Hear from Professor John Pyle about his award-winning research into ozone depletion today - is the hole healing? Are we safe from harmful UV rays?

This event celebrates 'The International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer' marking the 30th anniversary of the discovery of the ozone hole.


Hidden Histories: Green Museums
A Panel Discussion

Thursday 14 May 2015
6 - 7.30pm
The Polar Museum

What do we mean by 'green'? The environment is a vast series of subjects. The museums of Cambridge hide a history of how we have understood the environment and the problems it now faces, deep in their archives and in the objects in plain sight. This project has worked with local people to unearth the hidden stories that our museums have to tell. As part of Museums at Night, join us for a discussion to find out the secret environmental stories hidden in our museums.
With the Polar Museum & the Whipple Museum. 

Snail Trails towards a Green Museum

Wednesday 8 April
11am - 12 and 1 - 2.30pm

Join the University Zoology Museum Outreach team for an introduction to the diversity of snails in the UK and the chance to get your hands on some serious molluscs! With the Orchard Park Wildlife Project we will be collecting empty snail shells in the wildlife area which will be used in a public artwork by Ackroyd and Harvey to be displayed permanently on the outside of the new Museum of Zoology in partnership with the Cambridge Conservation Initiative. 

It's Magic! Earth Stories

Tuesday 10 March 2015
10 - 11.30am
The Fitzwilliam Museum
Suitable for children aged 2-5 years

Looking at art can be magical. Explore work in the collections and make art of your own in the studio to take home. This month only, Earth Stories, part of the Hidden Histories: Green Museums project.

Creative Cabaret

Friday 6 March 2015
7.45 - 10.30pm
The University Centre

Come along to Creative Cabaret – a magical evening of mixed performance art forms, served with drinks and food at tables. The Polar Museum's Rosie Amos will be taking a star role talking about the science of climate change and tonic water as part of the Hidden Histories: Green Museums project. Also on the bill: a fantastic young comedian, beautiful poetry, satirical mermaids, and 'unremittingly gorgeous' music of acoustic band Subzar, set to film. 


In time for tomorrow: Why is climate change so easy to ignore?
A talk and reception with Rosemary Randall and Andy Brown

Monday 9 February
6pm - 7.30pm
The Polar Museum

Rosemary Randall, (psychotherapist researching and writing on climate change) and Andy Brown (energy consultant), will discuss the factors that stop people engaging with difficult subjects like climate change. Exploring why engagement needs to be psychological and social as well as practical, they set about creating a project that would help people past their avoidance of this difficult topic.