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Museums and collections


In 2013, staff and volunteers from Museums across Cambridge were invited to choose their favourite objects from a vast selection of artefacts, specimens and artworks. The outcome was My Museum Favourite: a collection of personal responses from the people behind Cambridge’s museums. Providing an insight into the untold tales of our museums, and bringing together facts, feelings and expertise; find out the hidden stories about some favourite objects.

Totem Pole
Allegra Jaffe, Gallery Attendant
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Andrews Gallery
Kirstie Williams, University of Cambridge Museums Organics Conservator
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Parrotia persica
​Sally Petitt, Head of Horticulture
Cambridge University Botanic Garden

Nelumbo nucifera
​Alex Summers, Glasshouse Supervisor
Cambridge University Botanic Garden

The Mayor's Chair
Tom Balderstone, Creative Apprentice
Museum of Cambridge

Docky Bag
Catherine Morris, Director
Museum of Cambridge

Professor Okey's Bedbug Trap
Melanie Worgan, Learning Officer
Museum of Cambridge

The Barberini Faun
Dr Susanne Turner, Curator
Museum of Classical Archaeology

The Cambridge Hoard
Dr Martin Allen, Senior Assistant Keeper
The Fitzwilliam Museum

Poplars, 1891, Claude Monet
Rachel Gardner, Gallery Attendant
The Fitzwilliam Museum

Ceiling domes
Naomi Chapman, Education and Outreach Assistant
The Polar Museum

Stony Iron Meteorites
David Arnold, Geology Graduate and Museum Volunteer
Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences

Mechanical Calculator
David Stubbings, Museum Volunteer
Cambridge Museum of Technology

1923 Babcock and Wilcox Boiler
John Connett, Steam Team Volunteer
Cambridge Museum of Technology

Walking Stick with Leech Compartment
Rosanna Evans, Museum Intern
Whipple Museum of the History of Science

Download the guide to find the location of our museum favourites in 2013