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This September four University of Cambridge Museums will be taking part in a Subject Taster Week, an exciting programme of gallery sessions, talks and College tours, tailored for students in Post 16 education. The Subject Taster Week will run from 14 – 18 September and is open to anyone studying AS and A Levels.
A new provision for Post 16 learning
The Subject Taster Week will launch the University of Cambridge Museums’ new Post 16 provision for the 2015 academic year.
Each of the four museums will provide an innovative approach to the critical understanding and analysis of individual AS and A’ Level subjects. This will span from Science in Society at the Whipple Museum, Classical Civilisation at the Museum of Classical Archaeology, World Archaeology at Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and English Literature at The Fitzwilliam Museum.
Working to papers of national exam boards, the museums will provide object led sessions that offer a thought provoking experience for those in Post 16 education, including an insight into these subjects at degree level. The sessions are intended to extend and enrich students’ knowledge of the subject, but to also look beyond the curriculum and into the world of University.
As some of our museums are embedded within University Departments this is an opportunity to draw on the expertise of our University colleagues, providing a taster of what it is like to study at Cambridge.
“A-level sessions are a great addition to our Educational Programme. The Whipple Museum itself is part of the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, and these sessions offer an important opportunity to promote and discuss the Department’s work. They also serve as an excellent way to increase students’ awareness of the fascinating stories behind scientific work, past and present, which they might not have encountered before”
Lorena Bushell, Education Co-ordinator for The Whipple Museum
The Fitzwilliam Museum piloted their sessions for English Literature earlier this year. The opportunity was taken up by three Cambridgeshire schools who had this to say about their experiences:
“I had been very keen for the students to understand how Blake didn’t see a distinction between his poetry and his images and the print room session demonstrated this very well.”
Sixth Form Teacher, Cambridgeshire
“It gave me a valuable context on Walcott’s poetry e.g. Palmer’s paintings illuminate the themes of the poems. I enjoyed delving into the context of the paintings, thinking about the artists and the times in which they painted.”
A Level student
“It was a really helpful and interesting talk. It connected together everything I know.”
These sessions also support widening participation initiatives run by the University, where young people can sign up to a number of aspirational events and programmes all year round.
Students can book their FREE place today by contacting the Fitzwilliam Museum’s Education Department for more infomation, 01223 761742.
Join us this September!
Lucy Sercombe, Sessional Gallery Teacher and Arts Award Coordinator