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Frogs, Romans and Rockets – must be Summer at the Museums!

Summer at the Museums 22 July – 31 August 2016 With a whopping 30 different events happening this week, the only problem will be choosing what to do. From finding … Continue reading

July 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Ribbeting on about Frogs

Have you ever been lying back, contemplating the human races’ greatest achievements, and it suddenly occurred to you just how frequently frogs hop into these successes? No?? Well, at the … Continue reading

July 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

COLOUR: The Art and Science of Illuminated Manuscripts

Dazzling treasures combining gold and precious pigments – some of the finest illuminated manuscripts in the world – are going on display for the Fitzwilliam Museum’s bicentenary. COLOUR: The Art and … Continue reading

July 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

Youth led arts award project

“They are beginning to see the opportunities available to them and that they have a place in the cultural world.” Christine Brierly, teacher at North Cambridge Academy University of Cambridge … Continue reading

July 26, 2016 · 1 Comment

Exploring our archives – uncovering hidden collections at the Botanic Garden

Collections can only be useful if they are discoverable; that is, if we know what’s in them and where it can be found. There is much information about the Botanic … Continue reading

July 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

School’s out and Summer at the Museums is in…

Summer at the Museums 22 July – 31 August 2016 The sun is shining, school holidays have started, and there are 6 weeks ahead to look forward to. Looks like … Continue reading

July 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Understanding Plants: let the branching battle commence

The sunflower bed in the Understanding Plants area at the Botanic Garden is sporting young plants which are now growing at a rapid rate. In the first blog, we explained the … Continue reading

July 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Funding success for two University of Cambridge Museums

The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (MAA) and the Museum of Zoology have both successfully secured funding from Arts Council England’s Designation Development Fund. The fund recognises, celebrates and champions significant … Continue reading

July 21, 2016 · 1 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