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Marketing COLOUR: evaluation

The Fitzwilliam Museum’s second major exhibition for 2016 was COLOUR: The Art and Science of Illuminated Manuscripts, which celebrated the Museum’s bicentenary with a stunning display of 150 illuminated manuscripts … Continue reading

February 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

An INSIGHT into the Fitzwilliam Museum

Thirty year 10 students from London recently visited the Fitzwilliam Museum as part of the University’s INSIGHT programme. INSIGHT is an academic programme delivered through the University’s Widening Participation Programme, … Continue reading

February 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

Working towards audience diversity through creating progression opportunities at the Fitzwilliam Museum

Since summer 2016, Kate Carreno, Assistant Director Central Services, and Miranda Stearn, Head of Learning, at the Fitzwilliam Museum have been participating in the Arts Marketing Association’s Audience Diversity Academy … Continue reading

February 17, 2017 · 1 Comment

‘A Love Tale’: The J.W.L Glaisher collection of valentine cards at the Fitzwilliam Museum

The name of Glaisher is well known at the Fitzwilliam Museum. James Whitbread Lee Glaisher (1848-1928) was a celebrated mathematician and Fellow of Trinity College, but he was also widely … Continue reading

February 9, 2017 · 1 Comment

Teachers Explore ‘Line and Shape’

In the spring and summer of 2016, Paula Briggs and Sheila Ceccarelli from AccessArt and Kate Noble from the Fitzwilliam Museum collaborated to create and deliver a series of InSET sessions (in-service-training) for primary school teachers. AccessArt facilitates high … Continue reading

January 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

Animating Christmas at the Fitz

The festive season of 2016 was not only a perfect opportunity to increase engagement with social media users, but it was also a chance to show the diversity of the … Continue reading

January 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Romsey Mill Young Mum’s Arts Award

The Fitzwilliam Museum has been working with the Young Mums group at Romsey Mill since 2012 supporting participants to achieve an Arts Award (a nationally recognised qualification). The programme follows … Continue reading

December 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Exploring Colour at the Botanic Garden

The current COLOUR exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum has shown the close links between art and science – both in the production and analysis of these amazing manuscripts. Our challenge … Continue reading

December 15, 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