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Museums and collections


In 2012 Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy invited ten of the best UK poets writing today to take part in a series of residencies at the University of Cambridge museums. Thresholds ran from November 2012 to May 2013.

Each poet spent time in their host museum or collection, exploring the collection and working with young people, helping them to develop their critical thinking skills as well as their writing.

The ten poets were also commissioned to write a new poem informed and inspired by the collections.

Find out more about Thresholds and read the newly commissioned poems on the project website.

The ten poets were

Matthew Hollis – Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences
Don Paterson – Whipple Museum of the History of Science
Jo Shapcott – The Polar Museum
Gillian Clarke – Museum of Zoology
Owen Sheers – Fitzwilliam Museum
Sean Borodale – Museum of Classical Archaeology
Imtiaz Dharker – Cambridge University Library
Daljit Nagra – Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Ann Gray – Botanic Garden
Jackie Kay – Kettle’s Yard