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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

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

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


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