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About me: Adam Henry

Hello all! My name is Adam Henry. I am 18 years old and I am a new trainee at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. I am a trainee as … Continue reading

October 28, 2015 · 1 Comment

Myth or Material

On 16 October 2015 Myth or Material, a display of work by artist Gillian Ellis, opened at the Sedgwick Museum. Gillian Ellis is a visual artist currently studying for an … Continue reading

October 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

My Apprenticeship

As I move into my final placement as a Creative Apprentice with the University of Cambridge Museums, I’ve been thinking a lot about the experiences I’ve had over the past … Continue reading

October 23, 2015 · 1 Comment

Periscoping from the Deep Unknown: Let’s Get Real Phase 4

The University of Cambridge Museums (UCM) is taking part in Culture 24’s collaborative research project, Let’s Get Real, in which cultural sector organisations are challenged to think digitally and explore … Continue reading

October 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Festival of Ideas 2015: coming to a museum near you!

Monday 19 October – Sunday 1 November 2015 The annual Festival of Ideas marks a busy time in the calendar of the University of Cambridge Museums and Botanic Garden. With … Continue reading

October 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Collections Trust Conference 2015

The Collections Trust is an organisation that works with museums and archives to help improve collections management and collections use, offering a wide range of resources and workshops to achieve this. … Continue reading

October 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Ronald Searle: ‘Obsessed with Drawing’

13 October 2015 to 31 January 2016, Fitzwilliam Museum Exhibition on St Trinian’s creator shows the breadth of one of the great satirists of the modern age Following a gift … Continue reading

October 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Museums Takeover Day

On 14 May the Fitzwilliam Museum ran a takeover day in which six young people aged between 14 and 16 got the opportunity to try out real jobs in the … Continue reading

October 8, 2015 · 1 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