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Packing museum objects – the Packing Challenge

Last month, on 10 August, the Fitzwilliam Museum celebrated it’s 200th birthday with an event for the local community. You may have heard of the beautiful cake “fit for a Lord”, … Continue reading

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Getting there at the Museum of Zoology

It’s been a bit hectic here at the Museum of Zoology over the Spring and Summer period. Time seems to accelerate as we approach the countdown to re-opening in less … Continue reading

September 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Finding (out about) our online audiences

Ina Pruegel, our Digital Engagement Specialist, and Richard White, our Marketing Coordinator, are current Fellows at the Arts Marketing Association’s (AMA) Digital Marketing Academy.  The Digital Marketing Academy (DMA) is an online learning … Continue reading

September 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

Fitzwilliam Object of the Month: September

The Fitzwilliam Museum celebrates its Bicentenary during 2016. As part of the Museum’s celebrations they are choosing an Object of the Month for each calendar month. These will be on … Continue reading

September 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

Work experience at the Whipple: pests, space exploration and many, many microscopes

This summer at the Whipple Museum we had work experience students in, helping us with a variety of tasks and getting a flavour of what museum life is really like. … Continue reading

September 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

Hammering it home – tools of the geologist’s trade

Arguably, the geological hammer is by far the oldest trade tool and was first used by our extinct human relatives over 3.3 million years ago. These ancestors also must have … Continue reading

September 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

RECASTING at the Museum of Classical Archaeology

RECASTING runs from 5 September to 15 October 2016 at the Museum of Classical Archaeology. RECASTING, a new exhibition at the Museum of Classical Archaeology will feature Paul Allen, Matthew … Continue reading

September 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

Over the Hills and Far Away

Babies & Young Children responding to Henry Moore’s Hill Arches We recently invited participants on our ‘It’s Magic’ (2-5 year olds) and ‘Baby Magic’ (0-2 year olds) to enjoy the … Continue reading

August 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

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'Michael Jackson' by @hey_reilly at the Museum of Classical Archaeology. Part of 'Recasting', an exhibition of classical casts and contemporary art. Catch it in #cambridge before the show ends (15th October)
#classics #museums #michaeljackson #casts Head of a Kore on display at the #Museum of #Classical #archeaology  #Cambridge. Found on the #Acropolis, #Athens.  This is an archaic head ( c. 510 BC) from a small but full-length female figure.  This small head is all that remains of one of the many sculptures destroyed in the Persian raids on Athens in 480 BCE. It has holes on the brow for the attachment of metal adornments, and has a socket in the top of the head for a protector against birds and the weather. #Museums #Classics #History #ancienthistory #sculptures #casts #Persia #arthistory #greece #ancientgreece Fragment of Limestone relief on display @fitzmuseum_uk #Cambridge.  The relief this fragment is from represents either the god #Amun; identifiable by the plumes in his crown, a #female who might be a royal person or servant, or is a representation of the #King who receives the gift of #life from a #god.  This #object is from the Temple of Nebhepetre Mentuhotep, #Egypt. #ancientegypt #limestone #Museums #ancienthistory #temple #afterlife #Repost @cubotanicgarden with @repostapp
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Ouch! The New Zealand speargrass - Aciphylla colensoi enjoying a well-drained, sunny site outside here in the #Botanic #Garden in #Cambridge.  #NewZealand #Botany #Plants #Gardens Image of backlit projecting planetarium on display at the #Whipple #History of #Science #Museum #Cambridge.  A #planetarium demonstrates the motions of the #planets. On this particular #instrument the rings are rotated by a turning crank, moving a system of cogs. Each ring carries a planet or one of its #satellites. The signs of the #Zodiac appear on the edge in reverse order. This planetarium was intended to be used with a projecting device, such as a #magic #lantern. There is no date for this instrument, however in 1848 an eighth satellite of #Saturn was discovered. This instrument only has seven. It is very likely that this planetarium was made before 1848.  #Space #Museums #Universe #historyofscience #astronomy #astrology #Repost @cambridgeuniversity with @repostapp
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Illustrator Sir Quentin Blake at the unveiling of his new illustrations at the Museum of Zoology. Photo by @camdiary, 11 Jul 2016. #quentinblake @quentinblake #cambridgeuniversity #universityofcambridge #zoology #museum #study #portrait #roalddahl #illustration #drawing #museums