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Half-term Family Activities: May 2016

If you’re looking for some creative ways of spending time this summer half-term, let our museums and collections lend a hand. From taking part in some old-fashioned games, trying out … Continue reading

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From work experience to an internship

My name is Hollie Drinkwater and I am currently half way through my three-month internship in the Reference Library of the Fitzwilliam Museum. I graduated with a BA degree in … Continue reading

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Making Fronds with the Fern Society

It is the British Pteridological Society’s 125th Anniversary this year and they are celebrating with a stand at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show next week. Ferns and fern allies for … Continue reading

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Scent of Sacrifice

An aromatic evening exploring Maya and Aztec culture Enjoy a sensory experience in the Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology after-hours this June. Hear about the aromatic rituals of ancient Maya … Continue reading

May 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Science of Colour

When they come to see the Death of the Nile exhibition, people are often surprised at how brilliant the colours on the ancient Egyptian objects still are and they ask … Continue reading

May 16, 2016 · 1 Comment

Fitzwilliam Object of the Month: May

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

May 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

TONIGHT: Museums at Night is coming to Cambridge… But what is it?

Museums at Night is a national initiative lead by Culture 24. It encourages Museums up and down the country to ‘throw open their doors after-hours to showcase their treasures in … Continue reading

May 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

What is the tomorrow that we are talking about? Reflections on Museum Next, Dublin

Museum Next is relatively new on the museum conference scene, originating from the same folk that bring us Culture Geek, and with conferences taking place twice a year in Europe … Continue reading

May 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

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Chinese Headdress on display at #Museum of #Archaeology and #Anthropology #Cambridge.  This #headdress is made with #blue #feathers of the #king-fisher and is dated from the #pre-#Manchu #style (19th - early 20th century)  The headdress appears to have been ordered by the #emperor for a very high ranking lady, possibly the #queen or a leading #concubine. Only the queen was allowed to #wear #phoenix on her #head (as only the #king was allowed to wear the #dragon) #museums #instamuseum #history #china #adornment #decorative #pink #jewels #gold #design #costume #fashion Close up of #Crystal structure #model: #silver #phosphate in the #Whipple Museum of the #History of #Science #Cambridge.  This model demonstrates the #cubic crystal structure of #silver phosphate. Its shows the #relative  arrangement of silver (#gold), #phosphorous (#purple) and #oxygen (#red) #atoms in a rigid crystal #lattice.  It was made by Crystal Structure Limited in Cambridge in the mid #20th #century #CambridgeUniversity #Sciences #Chemistry #atom #museums #sciencemuseums #instamuseum #structures #Penguin #egg on display at the #Polar #Museum @scott.polar #Cambridge. This egg was collected by Surgeon Lieut. E.L Atkinson during #Captain #Scott's #British #Antarctic (#Terra #Nova) #expedition 1910 - 13.  The #species is not certain but it is probably Adelie penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae) #Museums #instamuseum #cbgtown #penguins #exploration #polarregion #ice #cold Close up of #Fluxon #Gabbro a thin section view in polarised light showing colourful #pyroxene #crystals and striped laths of #plagioclase feldspar at the #Sedgwick #Museum of #Earth #Sciences.  #Plagioclase is a #tectosilicate - a #rock forming #mineral constituting approx. 90 percent of the #crust of the earth. It can also be found on the #Moon and the crust of #Mars #geology #rocks #patterns #crystal #science #Cambridge #instamuseum #Museums #cbgtown Close up of a magic cube model c.1877 in the #Whipple #Museum of #History of #Science #Cambridge  The #model demonstrates the #mathematical concept of a #magic #square in which the #numbers in any row across, column down, or diagonal of the square all add up to the same #number.  This #cube, devised by the Rev. A.H Frost (1819 -1907) carries the idea into #three #dimensions  #maths #math #science #museums #closeup #number #add #adding #sums #3D #mathmatics #instamuseum #cbgtown #CambridgeUniversity The Festival of Plants starts today @cubotanicgarden in #cambridge #plants #flowers #botanic #garden #plantsale #tours #talks #plantscience #gardens
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