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“Please touch the objects”: planning our first touch tour

On 20 January Christina Rozeik, Conservator at the Polar Museum, spoke at the annual SHARE Collections Care Conference about setting up touch tours at the Museum. In this post (originally … Continue reading

January 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Glitter, Puddles and Dancing under Trees

We were excited and a little bit giddy because our new education building at the Botanic Garden was ready to play in, and we were going to try it out … Continue reading

January 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

Collections Care Conference: Summary

On 20 January I had the opportunity to visit Hughes Hall where SHARE Museums East were holding their second annual conference on collections care. The theme of the day was … Continue reading

January 26, 2016 · 1 Comment

Cutting the Curve: Crafting the Classical Body

A new exhibition at the Museum of Classical Archaeology invites you to look again at the casts of classical sculpture on display in the Museum’s Cast Gallery. Inspired by the Greek and … Continue reading

January 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Fitzwilliam Object of the Month: January

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

January 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

Broadening Horizons

University of Cambridge Museums has been partnering the City Council Community Development team since 2013 delivering a programme of Tea & Talks at our collections throughout October as part of … Continue reading

January 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

Orchid Hunters

Saturday 13 February – Sunday 13 March 2016 The warmth of Cambridge University’s Botanic Garden Glasshouse Range provides the perfect setting for this year’s orchid display which promises a spectacular … Continue reading

January 13, 2016 · Leave a comment


SOURCE, the young artists programme at the Fitzwilliam Museum aims to provide young people aged 15-19 years taking their final year art exams with the opportunity to: Research and extend … Continue reading

January 11, 2016 · 3 Comments

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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