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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 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.

     

‘Making a real difference’ – supporting schools with the Fitzwilliam Travel Bursary

Mon, 10 Jun 2019

What happened when children in the Reception classes at Abbey Meadows Primary School came to visit the Whistler & Nature exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum? In January, we welcomed children in the Reception classes (aged 4-5) from a local school to explore the Whistler and Nature exhibition, thanks to a generous travel bursary from the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum... Read full article


Young musicians in the museum

Thu, 16 May 2019

On 31 March 2019, the Britten Sinfonia Academy, talented young instrumentalists from the east of England, went on a family-friendly musical tour exploring the stories behind the collections in the Museum of Zoology, the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and the Fitzwilliam Museum. Britten Sinfonia Academy (BSA) has a longstanding partnership with the Fitzwilliam Museum which began in 2013. March... Read full article


Source: art exam help for young people

Thu, 02 May 2019

Source is a free programme at the Fitzwilliam Museum for young people researching their art GCSEs and A Levels. The programme includes primary art and museum object research in the museum galleries, and guest artists in the museum studio. Source introduces young people taking art and design exams to ‘ how to research from primary sources in museum collections and... Read full article


More sessions please! Planning enrichment sessions for teachers

Tue, 09 Apr 2019

Over the last 18 months we have been working hard on developing our enrichment programme for teachers at the Fitzwilliam Museum. This blog gives an overview of what we tried, what worked and what didn’t. From September 2017 to July 2018 we ran 12 sessions for just under 100 teachers from 40 different schools. The aims of the sessions varied... Read full article


Postcard to the Pacific: Outreach teaching in the Fens

Thu, 28 Mar 2019

Last year, the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (MAA) refurbished its Pacific Island cases thanks to a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. An associated education programme has been increasing engagement with the new cases. Part of this programme involved outreach to three schools in the Cambridgeshire and Fenland region: Gretton School in Girton, Hinchingbrooke School in Huntingdon and... Read full article