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  • © Martin Bond
  • © Martin Bond
  • © Martin Bond

Welcome to the Fitzwilliam Museum learning department pages where you can find out about the inspiring range of learning activities and resources we offer to people of all ages.

The Museum was founded in 1816 'for the increase of learning' and in the 21st century we:

  • welcome everyone to the museum, respecting individual needs and creating a positive ongoing relationship with our cultural spaces;
  • enable learning from a wide variety of real objects in a unique environment;
  • encourage creative, independent enquiry-based learning;
  • share expertise in learning and collections; and
  • collaborate with audiences to plan our programme.

We hope to see you at the museum soon. For more information about our learning programmes, contact  or 01223 332904

Projects

  • Working with the Children in the Early Years

    The museum runs an innovative programme of sessions for children aged 0-5 years. We believe that children are curious, capable, and confident learners from birth. Our gallery educators devise activities that enable very young children to learn from and within the museum collections.

     

  • Working with Families

    The Fitzwilliam Museum offers a variety of activities and resources for families visiting the museum. Many of these activities are free.

     

  • Working with Schools

    The Fitzwilliam Museum offers an extensive school programme across all Key Stages and a variety of curriculum areas. 

     

  • Working with Young People

    SOURCE supports GCSE, BTEC and AS/A Level Art and Design students as they prepare for their exams in the Spring Term.

     

  • Working with Teachers and Trainees

    Since 2006 the Learning team have been working with Initial Teacher Training institutions across the region to encourage future teachers to use museums as a learning resource. This work positions museums as long-term partners for the education sector

     

  • Working with Older People

    The Fitzwilliam Museum works with community and social care partners to develop projects and programmes for older people, including people living with dementia at home.

     

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


Families, Freedom and the Future: Under Fives in Museums

Fri, 06 Oct 2017

Museums are brilliant places for young children – the combination of exciting architectural spaces, amazing collection objects and the social aspects of museum visiting make for incredibly stimulating learning possibilities. However, engaging young children with museums can present challenges too. Nicola Wallis and Holly Morrison from the Fitzwilliam Museum Education Department share their insights from the Freedom to Explore: Engaging... Read full article


Permission to Explore: investigating cultural learning at GEM 2017

Mon, 25 Sep 2017

This month’s GEM conference in Hull brought together museum educators from across the country. Three members of the University of Cambridge Museums share their thoughts on the conference. Liz Hide The keynote by Anra Kennedy of Culture 24 on digital literacy.  Creating digital resources is the easiest and most visible way that organisations respond to digital opportunities, but Anra challenged... Read full article


East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices at the Fitzwilliam

Mon, 04 Sep 2017

With support from charity Children and the Arts’ Start Hospice programme, the Fitzwilliam Museum has partnered with East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) in Milton, Cambridgeshire for 5 years. This article shares experiences of the programme so far and explains how the Museum and Hospice are planning to continue to work together in the future. Children & the Arts‘ programme Start... Read full article