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  • © Martin Bond
  • © Martin Bond
  • © Martin Bond

Welcome to the Fitzwilliam Museum learning department pages where you can find out about the inspiring range of learning activities and resources we offer to people of all ages.

The Museum was founded in 1816 'for the increase of learning' and in the 21st century we:

  • welcome everyone to the museum, respecting individual needs and creating a positive ongoing relationship with our cultural spaces;
  • enable learning from a wide variety of real objects in a unique environment;
  • encourage creative, independent enquiry-based learning;
  • share expertise in learning and collections; and
  • collaborate with audiences to plan our programme.

We hope to see you at the museum soon. For more information about our learning programmes, contact  or 01223 332904

Projects

  • Working with the Children in the Early Years

    The museum runs an innovative programme of sessions for children aged 0-5 years. We believe that children are curious, capable, and confident learners from birth. Our gallery educators devise activities that enable very young children to learn from and within the museum collections.

     

  • Working with Families

    The Fitzwilliam Museum offers a variety of activities and resources for families visiting the museum. Many of these activities are free.

     

  • Working with Schools

    The Fitzwilliam Museum offers an extensive school programme across all Key Stages and a variety of curriculum areas. 

     

  • Working with Young People

    SOURCE supports GCSE, BTEC and AS/A Level Art and Design students as they prepare for their exams in the Spring Term.

     

  • Working with Teachers and Trainees

    Since 2006 the Learning team have been working with Initial Teacher Training institutions across the region to encourage future teachers to use museums as a learning resource. This work positions museums as long-term partners for the education sector

     

  • Working with Older People

    The Fitzwilliam Museum works with community and social care partners to develop projects and programmes for older people, including people living with dementia at home.

     

True Colours: beetles and birds in the museum

Mon, 11 Dec 2017

Inspired by this year’s Festival of Ideas theme, Truth, educators from the Fitzwilliam Museum and Museum of Zoology created activities to help young children and their families explore the “true” essence of colours in art and nature. The Fitzwilliam Museum and Museum of Zoology have collaborated on Early Years activities in the past, but this time we wanted to change... Read full article


Learning about learning: the GEM Foundation course

Wed, 29 Nov 2017

At the beginning of October, I travelled to London for the first two days of the GEM Foundation Course in Museum Learning. This course is a combination of group discussion, reading, lectures, practical exercises, site visits, mentoring and self-reflection intended to expand and inform the thinking of museum education professionals at the start of their careers. For our first day... Read full article


Learning about Culture: Measuring what Matters

Mon, 13 Nov 2017

I was fortunate to be invited to attend the launch of the new Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) / Royal Society of Arts (RSA) Learning about Culture Programme on Tuesday 17th October. In this post I reflect on the programme and consider what arts and cultural organisations can do to improve the evidence base around our work with children and young people.... Read full article


My Nursery is at the Museum and Garden

Thu, 09 Nov 2017

What happened when a group of 3 year olds spent a week ‘in residence’ at the Fitzwilliam Museum and Botanic Garden? Inspired by the ‘My Primary School is at the Museum’ project, educators at the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Botanic Garden invited nine children from a local nursery to spend five mornings ‘in residence’. Over the coming weeks and months... Read full article


Families, Freedom and the Future: Under Fives in Museums

Fri, 06 Oct 2017

Museums are brilliant places for young children – the combination of exciting architectural spaces, amazing collection objects and the social aspects of museum visiting make for incredibly stimulating learning possibilities. However, engaging young children with museums can present challenges too. Nicola Wallis and Holly Morrison from the Fitzwilliam Museum Education Department share their insights from the Freedom to Explore: Engaging... Read full article