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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

Colour and Culture

Explore colour and pigments within the collection in relation to different art historical periods.

Tags: History, KS3, KS4, KS5, Materials, Modern Science, Science

Colour and Chemistry

Work with conservators to explore colour and pigments within the collection (by special arrangement only)

Tags: Art & Design, Design & Technology, KS3, KS4, KS5, Materials, Modern Science, Science

Britain in the Inter-war years

Explore the collections to trace the birth of Modernism through Art and Literature in Northern Europe.

Tags: Art & Design, English, Exam Themes, History, KS5, Politics & Philosophy

Believe in Art

Explore how do artists and makers make invisible ideas about God visiblein this session which can explore Christian, Muslim or ancient beliefs.

 

Tags: Art & Artists, Art & Design, Beliefs, KS2, PSHE, Religious Education

Arts Award

Visit the museum as part of your Arts Award Journey with support from our Learning team to fulfil the requirements of the different parts of the Award from Discover through to Gold.

Tags: Art & Design, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5

Art History

Take a thematic approach to explore art across many disciplines and periods from Neolithic Art to contemporary practice.

Tags: Art & Artists, Art & Design, Exam Themes, Famous People, History, KS5

Art and Architecture

Expand your understanding of interior and exterior spaces within the collection and within the building itself.

Tags: Art & Artists, Art & Design, Exam Themes, Famous People, History, KS5

Animals in Art

Discover exotic beasts and strange creatures throoughout the museum. 

 

Tags: Art & Design, KS1, KS2, Natural World, Science

Adventures in Art

Explore the museum collections playfully through stories, puzzles and quests in a selection of sessions for children in the Foundation Stage. Suitable for reception classes, nurseries, playgroups, preschools, Children's Centres etc.

Tags: Art & Design, Discovery, English, Exploration, EYFS, Local Interest

20th Century Art

Discover art from 1930 to present day within the musuem collections.

Tags: Art & Artists, Art & Design, Exam Themes, Famous People, History, KS3, KS4, KS5, Politics & Philosophy, PSHE

Supporting teens to take over the Fitzwilliam

Wed, 04 Apr 2018

Twelve teenage Museum Ambassadors; three galleries in the Fitzwilliam Museum, 45 teachers and family members. Recipe for disaster right? Wrong! Our Museum Ambassadors from North Cambridge Academy set themselves the aim of creating an event that showed that ‘museums are fun and for everyone’. “Thank you for giving us this opportunity, you are going to be part of my favourite... Read full article


Musical Magic at the Museum

Wed, 07 Mar 2018

At the Fitzwilliam Museum we are passionate about sharing great art with our audiences from their earliest years. Working alongside the Academy of Ancient Music meant that we could introduce great music too! We were approached by the Academy of Ancient Music, who are the orchestra-in-residence at the University of Cambridge, to investigate the possibility of bringing art and music... Read full article


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