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

Monday 19 October – Sunday 1 November 2015
Sugar skullThe annual Festival of Ideas marks a busy time in the calendar of the University of Cambridge Museums and Botanic Garden. With a packed programme of drop-in and bookable lectures and debates, workshops, exhibitions and hands-on family activities, you will find plenty on offer to enlighten and entertain.

Here’s a taste of what we’ve got coming up, but to find out more about our exciting line-up of events and activities, visit our Festival of Ideas webpage.

Wednesday 21 October

Colour and power
Fitzwilliam Museum

Spike Bucklow, Research Scientist at the Hamilton Kerr Institute, looks at historic artists’ dyes and pigments to see the kinds of power that colour yielded, faint echoes of which live on.
1.15 – 2pm, Adults
No need to book, arrive on time

Thursday 22 October

The big game night: explorers & collectors
The Polar Museum

Back due to popular demand, the Museum of Zoology, the Whipple Museum and the Polar Museum bring you a night of entertainment with our very own game show Q-ice. Watch as our contestants battle out for museum domination with our wise and witty compere Ed Turner. Points will be given for knowledge…
6 – 7pm, Adults
Booking required: book here

Saturday 24 October

Power and resistance in sculpture in the aftermath of World War One
Fitzwilliam Museum

How did sculptors react to the Great War? Men came back broken from the front, and sculptors responded by representing the broken and fragmented human figure, or by compensating and celebrating the heroic form, by retreating into abstraction and by commemorating soldiers in memorials.
2 – 3pm, Adults
No need to book, arrive on time

Thursday 29 October

Conflict in Paradise: Riot, rebellion and relocation in the designed landscape
Botanic Garden

From the early parks of the medieval period through the polite designs of the eighteenth century, landscape has been the focus for expressions of power and acts of resistance. This talk from Twigs Way will focus on reactions to imposed landscape change from murder to poetry via model villages!
6.30 – 8pm, Adults, Free
Booking required: Tel: 01223 331875


Kettle’s Yard concert: Quartetto di Cremona
Old Divinity School, St John’s College

Beethoven’s late string quartets (including Op.132) met resistance and an uncomprehending public in his day. Now they are widely considered among the greatest musical compositions of all time, and are performed here by one of Europe’s leading quartets.
8 – 10pm, Ages 8+, £8 adults/£5 students
Booking required: book here

Friday 30 October

Build a Day of the Dead altar
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Join the Cambridge Mexican Society and Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology to help decorate our Day of the Dead altar in the Museum. Drop in and join in the crafts and trails, or just see the altar as it grows over the weekend.
11am – 4pm, All ages
Drop-in, no need to book

Visit our Festival of Ideas webpage for a full line-up of events and activities taking place across the University of Cambridge Museums.

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