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School’s out and Summer at the Museums is in…

Summer at the Museums 22 July – 31 August 2016 The sun is shining, school holidays have started, and there are 6 weeks ahead to look forward to. Looks like … Continue reading

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The BioBlitz lands in a Cambridge College

The Museum of Zoology may still be closed to the public. But whilst the staff beaver away preparing the collection and the gallery ready for the reopening next year, we’ve … Continue reading

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Understanding Plants: let the branching battle commence

The sunflower bed in the Understanding Plants area at the Botanic Garden is sporting young plants which are now growing at a rapid rate. In the first blog, we explained the … Continue reading

July 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Funding success for two University of Cambridge Museums

The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (MAA) and the Museum of Zoology have both successfully secured funding from Arts Council England’s Designation Development Fund. The fund recognises, celebrates and champions significant … Continue reading

July 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Conservation of Basketry

On 22 – 23 June the University of Cambridge Museums held a Conservation of Basketry Master class by Barbara Wills. The two-day course focused on the interpretation of what is meant by … Continue reading

July 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

Fitzwilliam Object of the Month: July

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

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Toddler Time – St Neots Museum

At St Neots Museum, in common with lots of small museums, the main focus for learning is primary schools and family visits. Together with our Curator, I felt we should … Continue reading

July 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

Feather conservation

I recently had the opportunity to attend a two day course, an Introduction to Feather Conservation by Allyson Rae, hosted by the University of Cambridge Museums. As the participants were … Continue reading

July 14, 2016 · 1 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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