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Drawing workshops for families in Cambridgeshire Libraries

Big Draw on Tour returns this summer with museums, libraries and artists teaming up to bring you fantastic, free drawing workshops. Get inspired by the Creepy House Library Reading Challenge, … Continue reading

July 31, 2013 · Leave a comment

Connecting Collections at the Museum of Zoology

The Connecting Collections grant from the Arts Council England is funding an exciting project researching stories that link the collections of the Museum of Zoology with other collections within the … Continue reading

July 30, 2013 · 1 Comment

Trees with knees, shrew’s loos and monkey brains

The Weird and Wonderful World of Plants Every summer holiday for the last few years the Botanic Garden has run a 2 or 3 day family event.  Last year our … Continue reading

July 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

A valuable experience – work placements at the Fitzwilliam

The Fitzwilliam Museum offers work experience placements for school-aged participants, providing the opportunity to spend a week learning new skills and developing their self-confidence, timekeeping and communication. During their placement work … Continue reading

July 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

UCM Staff Newsletter – August 2013

Welcome to the University of Cambridge Museums (UCM) Staff Newsletter, a monthly bulletin providing all museum staff with an overview of news, updates and opportunities, brought to you by the UCM Team. We … Continue reading

July 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

Get hands on this week with Summer at the Museums! Explore, discover and create!

With the first week of Summer at the Museums well underway there have been some fantastic activities and still plenty more to come. Look forward to Monday for a week … Continue reading

July 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

Communications within the Connecting Collections programme

The University of Cambridge Museums, as one of 16 Major Partner Museums across the country, welcomes opportunities to work with other MPMs, sharing our expertise and learning from theirs. We … Continue reading

July 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

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'Hangsha Salim, a 78 year-old Konyak Naga man with facial tattoo.' Photo by Peter Bos, (2016)

This stunning image forms a part of Another India, a new exhibition at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, opening tomorrow, 
8 March 2017 - 22 April 2018.

Marking the 70th anniversary of India’s independence from Britain, Another India examines the complex histories of some remarkable items from minority populations in India, and reveals how they came to be in the collections in Cambridge.

This exhibition forms part of the University of Cambridge Museum's India Unboxed season. #indiaunboxed #india #cambridge #museums #photography The Whipple Museum of the History of Science's Anatomical model of a frog, lit up as part of Twilight at the Museums. A night for families to explore collections after-hours. 🐸 #camtwilight #cambridge #museums The Museum of Zoology is going to reopen later this year. This fine backbone / rib cage is going to be a key feature. #skeleton #finback #cambridge #museum 'A tennis ball, 1988'

Why does the Whipple Museum of the History of Science have a tennis ball in its collection?

This ball demonstrates the possibility of using four or more sets in a Venn diagram. Cambridge statistician Anthony Edwards worked with frustration over 2D Venn diagrams, which can only accommodate four sets by using distorted ellipses. Using a tennis ball he noted that by continually dividing the sphere with a curved line in a shape "precisely that of the seam of a tennis ball", it was possible to create a Venn diagram of four or more equally-sized sets.

This tennis ball is part of an exhibition called 'Why is this Here (WTH) at the Whipple Museum, showcasing objects that make museum staff wonder why on earth they're in a museum.

#tennisball #wth #museum #science Another fisheye view, this time from the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Taken from the Andrews Gallery (dedicated to world archaeology) looking down on the Maudslay gallery (displaying the museum's principal Anthropology collection). Well worth a visit. #museum #archaeology #anthropology #cambridge #fisheyeclip A fisheye view of the @cubotanicgarden Glasshouse. The central Palm House and adjoining wings are dedicated to Tropical Rainforests - not a bad place to escape the cold weather! #garden #winter #plants #brassmonkey