Working with Prisons

Online Gallery:
Edmunds Hill 2007

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Online Gallery:
Edmunds Hill 2008

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Online Gallery:
Highpoint 2011

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In May 2006 the newly refurbished Egyptian galleries opened to the public. The curator is now working on a project to allow wider access to this resource in the form of a virtual version of the galleries.

Since 2003 the Department of Antiquities has been working with a number of prisons throughout England. Sally-Ann Ashton, a specialist in Egyptology, has stimulated an interest in Africa by bringing her knowledge of ancient Egypt into prisons throughout England, working closely with prisoners and prison education departments. The prisoners’ very positive response to this intervention has led to the development of these projects. They will draw on Sally-Ann Ashton’s subject knowledge and the collections of the Fitzwilliam Museum and involve further consultation with prisoners to develop educational resources. Importantly the resources will be available, eventually, to a wider public. Thus we will combine specialist knowledge with specific cultural experiences to provide learning opportunities and methodologies adapted to those unable to visit museum but of value for much wider application.

Currently we are engaged in three pilot projects:

Click the following link to see art work produced at HMP Edmunds Hill in 2007.


The specific aims of the projects are:

The content and progress of the project will be monitored and evaluated with reports pasted periodically on this website.

These projects are part of the Fitzwilliam Museum’s aims as identified in the Statement of Purpose: to make available information on the collections in various media through publications, press, publicity and electronic means, to encourage the use of the collections for research and teaching, to promote the Museum and its services to wider audiences and to devise educational programmes and other special events for differing audiences

The Fitzwilliam Museum : Outreach Egypt

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