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Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 - 17:00
Sundays & Bank Holidays: 12:00 - 17:00


  • Artwork by Lily, Stephen Perse Foundation  2015
    Lily, Stephen Perse Foundation 2015
  • Artwork by Stirling, Corby Academy 2016
    Stirling, Corby Academy 2016
  • Artwork by Xuanru, Cambridge International School 2015
    Xuanru, Cambridge International School 2015
  • Artwork by Liz, Parkside Sixth Form 2016
    Liz, Parkside Sixth Form 2016
  • Mike, Corby Academy 2016
    Mike, Corby Academy 2016
  • Corby Academy 2015
    Corby Academy 2015

We offer a range of activities for young adults to help you enjoy the collection out of school hours.


“I enjoy coming to this event because the help and the resources of the museum are endless! The paintings help develop your art and enable you to think further, plus it is really peaceful so you can concentrate.”

GCSE student who attended SOURCE 2014


For the last eight years The Fitzwilliam Museum has offered SOURCE over and beyond the Spring half-term, supporting GCSE, AS/A Level and BTEC Art and Design students as they prepare for their exams.

Based in the informal atmosphere of the Fitzwilliam studio, the Museum Education team and freelance artists offer one-to-one advice to students. We can help students to research their exam theme by giving access to the wealth of ideas and inspiration in the work of other artists. To do this we offer starting points, gallery tours and advice on how to make the most of our on-line resources.

In addition, the artists and art materials in the studio are available, and not least the space - both mental and physical - to work which is not always so easy to find at home. Artistic support is available in the media of drawing, painting and printmaking each day, and also encouragement to draw from observation in the galleries.

SOURCE has been shown to help students meet the Assessment Objectives set out in each exam paper, and to improve their grade. Why not try it?


Focus Saturdays will include

  • Printing
  • Drawing and painting

FREE. Drop-in: no booking required. Refreshments available. 

For further information, please contact Sarah Blake on 01223 761678 or .

ReSource for 13-18 year olds

Enjoy art and want to develop your own ideas and projects? Join us in our art studio with a different guest artist each month. These sessions are specifically designed for young people.

ReSource flyer Summer 2016

Work Experience

Work Experience Taster Days

There are 30 Work Experience Taster Day places available each session, held twice a year. If you are between the ages of 13 - 18 and interested in a place, please email your name and the school you attend to the University of Cambridge Museums Opening Doors Project Coordinator at

Work Experience Taster Days are held three times a year, please visit Get Involved on the UCM website for future dates.

Work Experience Placements

The University of Cambridge Museums offer work experience placements in June and July for school-aged participants, providing them the opportunity to spend a week learning new skills and developing their self-confidence, timekeeping and communication.

During their placement work experience students spend half their time at the Fitzwilliam Museum and half their time at one of the other University museums. They undertake a short project ‘Curating a Personal Story’ where they are required to select two objects from each of their host museums and two from home, bringing them together in a mini exhibition which tells a story about themselves. At the end of the week the students present their mini exhibition to a small group of museum staff.



Art and Design Exam Themes

Art and Design Exam Themes: Each year we carefully link your art and design exam themes to the collection at The Fitzwilliam Museum and other University of Cambridge Museums. Make the most of your exam research by visiting us to draw in the galleries, take part in gallery tours and art discussions and extend your art practice in the Fitzwilliam Museum Studio

Arts Award

Arts Award inspires young people aged between 5 – 25 to grow their arts and leadership talents. Arts Award can be achieved at five levels, four accredited qualifications and an introductory award.

The University of Cambridge Museums can play a part in your Arts Award programme. We can devise, support and deliver your award across the eight University Museums and collections. Whether you are a school, community group, or individual, we can partner you with an award advisor. The University of Cambridge Museums offer all levels of Arts Award, for which more information can be found on our blog.

For more information on Arts Award, please see the official website.

Please contact Lucy Sercombe, Arts Award Coordinator, on 01223 761742 or email for details.

Upcoming Young People Events

Frogs, Romans and Rockets – must be Summer at the Museums!

Fri, 29 Jul 2016

Summer at the Museums 22 July – 31 August 2016 With a whopping 30 different events happening this week, the only problem will be choosing what to do. From finding … Continue reading

Ribbeting on about Frogs

Thu, 28 Jul 2016

Have you ever been lying back, contemplating the human races’ greatest achievements, and it suddenly occurred to you just how frequently frogs hop into these successes? No?? Well, at the … Continue reading

Youth led arts award project

Tue, 26 Jul 2016

“They are beginning to see the opportunities available to them and that they have a place in the cultural world.” Christine Brierly, teacher at North Cambridge Academy University of Cambridge … Continue reading

Toddler Time – St Neots Museum

Fri, 15 Jul 2016

At St Neots Museum, in common with lots of small museums, the main focus for learning is primary schools and family visits. Together with our Curator, I felt we should … Continue reading

Arts Award: A career pathway into the arts

Mon, 11 Jul 2016

The Fitzwilliam Museum supports around 150 young people through Arts Award each year. Sienna James will be the first candidate to achieve her Gold Arts Award, which is the highest … Continue reading