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Get busy with this week’s Summer at the Museums Summer at the Museums 22 July – 31 August 2016 Another week of Summer at the Museums and the events keep … Continue reading

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Giant men, fishy tales and boggling brain facts…

…say farewell to summer with our last week of special events Summer at the Museums 22 July – 31 August 2016 Well, the time to dust off those school bags … Continue reading

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Family Art Week at the Fitzwilliam Museum

I am currently studying History of Art at University College London.  This summer, I volunteered in the Education Department at the Fitzwilliam Museum, working within the families programme. The main … Continue reading

August 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Telling the time: what makes the plant clock tick?

New this year in the Understanding Plants area at the Botanic Garden, are two curved beds bordered by trellising, positioned to the south side of Bateson Walk. Growing in one, … Continue reading

August 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Prehistoric poop!

For most people, the idea of finding old poo is disgusting, and the idea of dissecting it and sorting through it is even worse! Unless of course you’re a child … Continue reading

August 23, 2016 · 1 Comment

Fitzwilliam Object of the Month: August

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

August 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Throwing the light on Egyptian coffins

As the last few rays of sun sank behind the horizon, the gentle glow of flickering torchlight illuminated the glistening surface of the ancient Egyptian coffin panels. It sounds like … Continue reading

August 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

Mind the Gap

Can the study of art in a museum context help young students with their own reading and creative writing? English teacher Rebecca Lefroy from Comberton Village College visited the Fitzwilliam … Continue reading

August 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

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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 #Repost @kettlesyard with @repostapp
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Our work of the week is William Scott's 'Bowl (white on grey)', 1962 which is currently on show at @fitzmuseum_uk .In the 1950s and 1960s Scott restricted his use of colour. At the time of painting 'Bowl' Scott was influenced by his visits to Italy and Greece and was interested in cave painting. His still-lifes of this time have a dream-like, timeless quality and many of them have colours as titles. #WilliamScott #workoftheweek #stilllife #painting #fitzwilliammuseum #contemporaryart #museums #painting
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