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Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 - 17:00
Sundays & Bank Holidays: 12:00 - 17:00
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Bring your subject to life with our cross-curricular, active and engaging gallery and studio sessions taught within our extraordinary collections. Come up close to an ancient Egyptian sarcophagus, study the brush strokes on a painting by Monet or explore line, pattern and shapes through the amazing architecture and sculpture: whatever your topic with over 40 different sessions to choose from you are sure to find something to excite and inspire your pupils, from Early Years to Key Stage 5.

Click on a session below for more details and a list of linked resources, then contact us on 01223 332904 or  to book, or to discuss your needs. Most sessions are free (charges apply for studio workshops) and travel bursaries are available for schools meeting our criteria.

Please note that we are now operating a new booking system for schools.

Bookings for Spring Term 2018 open on Monday 14th November

Bookings for Summer Term 2018 open on Monday 13th February

The Easter Story

Follow the dramatic events of Holy Week  from Palm Sunday to the Resurrection in this story session and introduce children to the museum collection.

Tags: Art & Artists, Art & Design, Beliefs, Famous People, KS2, Religious Education

The Christmas Story

Follow the nativity story through the paintings galleries from the Annunciation to the arrival of the three kings.

 

Tags: Art & Artists, Art & Design, Famous People, KS1, KS2, Religious Education

The Ancient Greeks

Look closely at the objects in the galleries to discover more about Ancient Greek beliefs, technology and everyday life.

 

Tags: Art & Design, Beliefs, Design & Technology, Early Civilisations, Geography, History, KS2, Materials, Science

The Ancient Egyptians

Look closely at the objects in the galleries to discover more about Ancient Egyptian beliefs, technology and everyday life.

Tags: Art & Design, Beliefs, Design & Technology, Early Civilisations, Geography, History, KS2, Materials, Modern Science, Science

Teacher INSET

Build your confidence teaching in a museum or working with art through our INSET programme.

Tags: Art & Artists, Art & Design, English, Exam Themes, EYFS, History, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5, Local Interest, Science

Shakespeare's World

Explore the collections to illustrate Shakespeare's world in relation to specific artwork and plays. 

 

Tags: Art & Artists, Art & Design, Beliefs, English, Exam Themes, Famous People, History, KS3, KS4, KS5

Sculpture

Discuss shape, form, texture and materials and discover sculpture from ancient to modern.

Tags: Art & Artists, Art & Design, KS3, KS4, KS5, Materials, Science

Romanticism & Visionaries

Discover the work of major 18th Century artists and thinkers and link these to significant historic events.  

Tags: Art & Artists, Beliefs, Exam Themes, Famous People, KS5, PSHE

Reading Paintings

Why, how and what do artists paint? Explore how artists use line, shape, colour, texture and composition to express their ideas.

Tags: Art & Artists, Art & Design, English, Famous People, History, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5

Portraits

Investigate what portraits tell us about people, who they are and what is their character and explore how artists show differences between people and what they are feeling.

Tags: Art & Artists, Art & Design, Famous People, History, KS3, KS4, PSHE, Science

Arts Pioneers: a monthly club for young people with physical and learning disabilities

Thu, 22 Feb 2018

The Arts Pioneers is a monthly Saturday club based at the Fitzwilliam Museum that encourages disabled young people to be inspired by the richly diverse arts and science collections of the eight University of Cambridge Museums and the Botanic Garden. The club is for young people aged 11-15, who are eligible for Short Breaks funding. The University of Cambridge Museums... Read full article


Digital Maker in Residence: Month 1

Wed, 21 Feb 2018

Katy Marshall joined the University of Cambridge Museums as our Digital Maker in Residence in January. Here are her reflections on a busy first month. As cliched as it sounds, it honestly feels like January has flown by. It’s been a busy month of meeting with the museums, being introduced to the various staff members and discussing ideas and content... Read full article


Once upon a time in Coventry….

Mon, 05 Feb 2018

Nicola travelled to Coventry for the Family Friendly Conference to share ideas about what makes museums ‘family friendly’. She ran a workshop on ‘Creating Stories with Museum Objects’, and heard case studies and stories from other museums around the UK. Once upon a time there lived a Museum Educator who really loved stories.  Scary stories, wordless stories, fantastical stories, life... Read full article


King’s Hedges Trailblazers: A Partnership Project

Fri, 26 Jan 2018

King’s Hedges Educational Federation and the Fitzwilliam Museum have been developing a strategic partnership for a number of years.  In Summer 2017, the whole school took part in museum visits linked to different themes they were studying at school.  Each class contributed to the creation of a new Fitz Families Trail around the museum to encourage children to return to... Read full article


Sensory Story: experiencing the world of a baby bird through sense

Mon, 08 Jan 2018

The Museum of Zoology is bringing the animal kingdom to life in new and exciting ways. Our new sensory story bags ask visitors to experience the world of a baby bird through light, sound, touch and smell, and hopes to open up this world to visitors with special educational and access needs. The Museum of Zoology is undergoing a big... Read full article