This short film has been designed to prepare school pupils for their trip to the Fitzwilliam Museum and our volunteer Lesley Sainsbury used the creation and evaluation of the film as the basis of her MA thesis. The format and script is based on educational theories evaluating preparing children for school trips. This indicates that reducing areas of concern to the children (eg lunch and location of the toilets) and increasing their expectations will result in enhanced experiences and learning outcomes.
In Spring 2014 Museum Ambassadors from North Cambridge Academy worked with film makers from Cambridge film Consortium to create this short film about the Fitzwilliam Museum.
You can read more about our Museum Ambassador programme on the UCM blog and watch films they made about The Polar Museum and the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
In 2012 Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy invited ten of the best UK poets writing today to take part in a series of residencies at the University of Cambridge museums. Thresholds ran from November 2012 to May 2013. Each poet spent time in their host museum or collection, exploring the collection and working with young people, helping them to develop their critical thinking skills as well as their writing. This short film celebrates their work.
In the autumn of 2014 Culture Street came to film some year 9 pupils
from North Cambridge Academy in Cambridge visiting the galleries of the
Fitzwilliam Museum and also taking part in two workshops. You can see
the films here, or on the Culture Street website:
What is the Fitzwilliam Museum?
Clay pinch pot workshop
Impressionist painting workshop