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A new programme for homebound older people

University of Cambridge Museums are working in partnership with local organisation Care Network Cambridgeshire on a new programme for homebound older people called Chatterboxes.

Chatterboxes are resources and activities created by artists and inspired by the collections of the University of Cambridge Museums.  The activities are delivered by a team of trained volunteers and Chatterbox sessions can take place in people’s homes, their local community centre or wherever they feel comfortable.

Care Network Cambridgeshire recruit participants through their existing work and refer people to the University of Cambridge Museums.

There are currently 5 Chatterboxes.  Each chatterbox contains:

  • A letter of introduction from the artist to the participant explaining who they are, about their own artwork and why they have been inspired by the museums to create the Chatterbox
  • Reproductions of objects from University of Cambridge Museums collections including information about the objects and the museum
  • A creative activity for the older person to undertake with the volunteer

Still Life
Created by artist Saaya Kamita

Inspired by the Dutch and Flemish still life paintings in the Fitzwilliam Museum, textile artist Saaya Kamita has created a chatterbox looking at the Japanese art of Ikebana – flower arranging.

Serendipity of Mark-Making
Created by artist Hilary Moreton

Printmaker Hilary Moreton has created a Chatterbox inspired by one artwork at Kettle’s Yard by surrealist artist Max Ernst, Figure (1925).

You Are Here
Created by artist Isabella Martin

Martin has been inspired by the Polar Museum and the exploration of these regions, people and their culture.

Sharing our stories
Created by artist Jo Miller

Jim and Helen Ede invited people to share their thoughts and reflections of experiencing Kettle’s Yard when they lived there.  This continues and Miller’s Chatterbox shares reflections from some of the youngest visitors to Kettle’s Yard. Listen to their thoughts and share some of your own as you discover this special home.

Natural Objects
Created by artist Jo Miller

Jim and Helen Ede, founders of Kettle’s Yard, loved the natural world and the beauty found within it. After discovering some of the ways natural objects are displayed at Kettle’s Yard, Miller has provided natural objects she has collected for you to display, and keep, in your own home.

If you know someone who is homebound in Cambridge and would be interested in Chatterboxes, please contact University of Cambridge Museums Community Officer, Karen Thomas on: or 01223 748100

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