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May Day 2016: Bank Holiday Opening Hours

Whether you are visiting from afar or fitting in a day out closer to home, our museums and the Botanic Garden offer a great way to spend those extra bank … Continue reading

April 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

Photogrammetry and Archaeology at MAA

Learning How to Look Project A new project, Learning How to Look: Developing a Digital Teaching Collection, has recently begun at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (MAA). With the … Continue reading

April 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

A Handy performance

Visitors who made it up to the second floor of MAA in February half-term were greeted by an intriguing sign located outside a cosy-looking den. Inside was artist Laura Mugridge, … Continue reading

April 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

A Trip to the Moon

The history of science not only gives us a timeline of great discoveries, but also reveals the effects of this knowledge on culture and this can be seen through some … Continue reading

April 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

Curating ‘Being Modern’

Kyle Percy is the Trainee Curatorial Research Assistant at Kettle’s Yard. He’s been working on the second Kettle’s Yard collection display at the Fitzwilliam Museum and writes here about what … Continue reading

April 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

Source 2016

For the past nine years Source has been matching the University of Cambridge Museums collections with Art and Design exam themes, providing high quality starting points from primary artefacts for … Continue reading

April 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

International Garden Photographer of the Year

A collection of winning images from the prestigious International Garden Photographer of the Year (IGPOTY) Competition will be displayed at Cambridge University Botanic Garden from April 13 – June 19 … Continue reading

April 12, 2016 · 1 Comment

The Antarctic Catalogue is now live!

I’m three-quarters of the way into the 2-year Antarctic Cataloguing Project at the Polar Museum. The project was generously funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund to create a fully … Continue reading

April 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

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