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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

What is sculpture?

Investigate shape, form, texture and materials to discover sculpture in the museum from ancient to modern.

Tags: Art & Artists, Art & Design, Design & Technology, KS1, KS2, Materials, Science

Turrets and Tiaras

Journey into the world of chivalrous knights and beautiful princesses in this story session told in the Armoury and ceramics galleries. 

 

Tags: Art & Artists, Art & Design, English, History, KS1

The Victorians

Explore life in Victorian England through the portraits, landscapes and story paintings.

Tags: Art & Artists, Art & Design, Exam Themes, Famous People, History, KS2

The Tudors

Explore life in Tudor England by looking at portraits and armour. This session includes the opportunity for pupils to look at replica costumes. 

 

Tags: Art & Design, Famous People, History, KS2

The Stuarts

This collection inspired session offers an insight into the court culture of Stuart Britain and the events leading up to the Civil War in 1642.

Tags: Art & Artists, Exploration, Famous People, History, KS4, KS5

The Story of Jan

Follow Jan on his journey of self discovery and adventure in this pirate tale using Dutch paintings in Gallery 15.

Tags: Art & Artists, Art & Design, Discovery, English, Exploration, History, KS1, KS2

The Story of Camille

Follow the adventures of a young girl who visits Paris for the first time by looking at paintings in the French Impressionist gallery. 

 

Tags: Art & Artists, Art & Design, English, History, KS1, KS2

The Romans

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

Tags: Art & Artists, Art & Design, Early Civilisations, Famous People, History, KS2

The Real Me

What do portraits tell us about people, who they are and what is their character? How do artists show differences between people and what they are feeling?

Tags: Art & Artists, Art & Design, Famous People, KS2, PSHE, Science

The Impressionists

Explore original paintings by artists such as Monet, Degas and Seurat and investigate why they look the way that they do by thinking about colour, technique and subject matter.

Tags: Art & Design, History, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5, Languages

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