Projects, events and news from the 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 collections of national and international importance held outside national museums, with this round focussing on opportunities around the research and understanding of Designated collections.
The Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology (MAA), in partnership with the Whipple Museum of the History of Science, has been awarded £63,000 towards a £70,000 project to create an online research portal. Less than 1% of their collections are on display in the galleries at any one time, so providing online access will enable the remainder to be identified and used by specialist researchers in relevant areas. It will also make them available to a much wider public, from school students and teachers, to artists and local history enthusiasts – all conducting important forms of research in their own right.
The Museum of Zoology has been awarded £75,059 for its project The Beetle Voyage, the Insect Collections of Jenyns and Darwin. This project will undertake detailed research of the entomological collection of Rev Leonard Jenyns (1800-1893), who turned down the offer of the position of naturalist on the Voyage of the Beagle in favour of his friend Charles Darwin, with whom he traded specimens. The project also focusses on the extensive entomological notebooks written by Jenyns, which along with the specimens provide a snapshot of biodiversity in the early 19th Century. The information will be put on the Museums new website and collections database, creating a 21st century equivalent to the notebooks, where visitors will be able to post their own images of beetles which they discover in their local environment.
For more information about the Designation Development Fund, visit: www.artscouncil.org.uk/funding/designation-development-fund