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Get ‘INSPIRED’ to visit the Fitzwilliam

We understand that for some schools organising a trip to the Fitzwilliam Museum can prove very difficult, for logistical or financial reasons. We may be able to bring a glimpse of the Museum’s treasures into your classroom.

The ‘Inspire’ project offers informal and lively sessions led by Cambridge University students who receive training and support from members of the Fitzwilliam Education Department and the Dean of Homerton College. All have Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks.

A session normally involves:

  1. An interactive, PowerPoint presentation on some aspect of, or theme relevant to the collections/exhibitions (about 40 minutes)
  2. An art activity which links to the presentation (about 40 minutes)

Since 2009, the ‘Inspire’ project has reached over 1,000 pupils. Some of the topics we have taken into schools include: Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, the Tudors, Portraits, Cubism, and ‘How to read a painting’. We will gladly consider requests for a topic of your choice, so long as it relates to the Fitzwilliam Museum’s collections and/or exhibitions.

Whilst PowerPoint and reproductions can never replace the experience of looking at ‘the real thing’, we hope these sessions will encourage young people to become excited by art and artefacts and want to visit both The Fitz and the other University of Cambridge museums.

The Inspire outreach programme also provides a chance for children to find out about university life from talking to current Cambridge students. We hope this experience encourages them to think of Higher Education as an exciting and achievable goal for themselves.

The ‘Inspire’ project offers up to two sessions per school in one day, and sessions are free of charge. The ‘Inspire’ project can only reach a limited number of schools per year and cannot serve schools outside Cambridgeshire. If you would like find out more about booking a session, please contact Julia Tozer ( or Ray Carlson (

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