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Opening our Collections: Open Cambridge

Open Cambridge image 1Open Cambridge, 9-11 September 2016

Cambridge opens its doors for another special weekend and our museums are taking part.

Celebrating the rich and diverse heritage of our city, Open Cambridge offers special access to places that are normally closed to the public or charge admission. This year, our museums will be hosting a variety of talks, tours and events which will open up their buildings and collections in unique and creative ways. Explore after-hours, get access to objects not usually on display, and find out more about the fascinating stories behind the collections.

Tours and Special openings:

Conservation in Cambridge: Introducing the David Attenborough Building
Friday 9 September
10-11am, 11.30-12.30, 1-2pm & 2.30-3.30pm
A chance to see behind the scenes of this new conservation campus. An iconic, brutalist structure, the David Attenborough Building has been completely refurbished to create a centre for conservation in Cambridge. Find out more about the work being done in the building and its amazing sustainable architecture. (Please note: the Museum of Zoology is closed until spring 2017)
Location: David Attenborough Building, New Museums Site, CB2 3QZ
Pre-book: SOLD OUT

An Introduction to the Fitzwilliam Museum
Friday 9 September, 11-12 & 2-3pm
Saturday 10 September, 11am-12pm
With over half a million pieces in its collection, the Fitzwilliam Museum presents world history and art from as far as back as 2500 BC. To honour its 200th birthday, take a guided tour of the main galleries that highlight some of the museums key exhibits.
Location: Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street, CB2 1RB
Pre-book: SOLD OUT

Orreries and Globes at the Whipple Museum
Friday 9 September, 10-4pm
Explore the Whipple Museum’s exhibit of their impressive collection of orreries and globes, with hourly talks linking the museum and library collections.
Location: Whipple Museum of the History of Science, Free School Lane, CB2 3RH
Drop-in

The Whipple Library on Show
Friday 9 September, 10-4pm
A rare chance to visit the Whipple Library and view a special display of books on orreries and globes.
Location: Whipple Library, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Free School Lane, CB2 3RH
Drop-in

Meet the Curator: Antipodes Exhibition
Friday 9 September, 11-11.45am & 3-3.45pm
This new cross-continental collaborative exhibition between the University of Cambridge Museums and the Australian Print Workshop brings together the work of three Australian contemporary artists. Explore the exhibition on this curator’s tour.
Location: Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Downing Street, CB2 3DZ
Pre-book: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/meet-the-curator-tour-antipodes-exhibition-tickets-26923437727

Building stones of Cambridge
Friday 9 September, 3-5pm
Explore some of the main rocks used for building and roofing medieval to modern Cambridge. Discover where these rocks came from, how they were transported here and visit the Watson Collection of building stones, usually closed to the public. This walking tour is led by Dr Nigel Woodcock from the Department of Earth Sciences
Location: Meet outside the main entrance of the Sedgwick Museum, Downing Site, CB2 3EQ
Pre-book: SOLD OUT

Hide and Seek: A special evening opening
Friday 9 September, 6-8pm
Find glimpses of children’s lives across England from one million years ago to the 20th century, displayed in the exhibition Hide and Seek: Looking for Children in the Past. With introductory talks at 6.30pm, 7pm and 7.30pm
Location: Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Downing Street, CB2 3DZ
Drop-In, Adults only


Workshops:

Exploring plant colour: pigment workshop with artist Nabil Ali
Friday 9 September, 10.30-12.30 & 2-4pm
Learn about the processes and techniques involved in producing the kind of plant pigments used on illuminated manuscripts. From crushing plant matter to mixing pigments with gum Arabic and egg white, participants can create pictures inspired by the Colour exhibition at the Museum.
Location: Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street, CB2 1RB
Pre-book:
SOLD OUT


Talks:

2016-05-13-0229Discovery and Rediscovery: The Antarctic Collection
Friday 9 September, 10.30- 11.15am
Saturday 10 September 1.30-2.15pm & 2.30-3.15pm
Explore the Polar Museum’s Antarctic collections and find out how the Antarctic Cataloguing Project has shed new light on old discoveries and helped us make discoveries of our own.
Location: The Polar Museum, Scott Polar Research Institute, Lensfield Road, CB2 1ER
Pre-book: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/discovery-and-rediscovery-the-antarctic-collection-tickets-26922406643

Lost and Found: The Little-known Japanese Antarctic expedition and Shackleton’s forgotten film
Friday 9 September, 11.30-12.15pm, 2.30-3.15pm & 3.45-4.30pm
Hilary Shibata, Antarctic bibliographer, presents the fascinating story of how the film of Shackleton’s Nimrod expedition reached Leiutenant Nobu Shirase’s Japanese Antarctic expedition of 1910–12.
Location: The Library, Scott Polar Research Institute, Lensfield Road, CB2 1ER
Pre-book: http://www.opencambridge.cam.ac.uk/events/lost-and-found-little-known-japanese-antarctic-expedition-and-shackletons-forgotten-film


Exhibitions:

Myth Making in the Polar Regions
Friday 9 September, 11.30-4.30pm
A special exhibition delving into Antarctic myths created and challenged by Sir Ernest Shackleton and other polar explorers.
Location: The Library, Scott Polar Research Institute, Lensfield Road, CB2 1ER
Drop-in

 

Open Cambridge is part of the national Heritage Open Days scheme. Designed to offer special access to places that are normally closed to the public or charge admission, the initiative provides an annual opportunity for people to discover the local history and heritage of their community. For more information please visit: www.heritageopendays.org.uk.

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