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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 and Teachers

    The Fitzwilliam Museum's schools and teachers programme explores a variety of curriculum areas across all Key Stages. 

     

  • 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.

     

Look Think Do

Wed, 16 Sep 2020

Look Think Do is a set of starter activities the Fitzwilliam Museum learning team have been creating since the start of lockdown. They are aimed primarily at schools to use as remote learning activities for students, but are also written with families in mind, given that we recognised the majority of children would be learning at home supported by family... Read full article


Keeping Creativity Going During Lockdown

Wed, 17 Jun 2020

Pre-COVID19, our focus as educators was on understanding how to serve our young audiences by finding ways to help them come to the museum. Now we must switch our efforts to identifying how the museum can continue to be relevant and useful to them in their own homes. Look, think, do From the start of lockdown, the Learning Team at... Read full article


In an ideal world, museums would make visiting easier by…

Mon, 08 Jun 2020

In early 2018, the University of Cambridge Museums (UCM) started thinking about how we could help children with sensory sensitivities and their families to access the museums in a way that worked for them. “People aren’t aware you’ve used every ounce of your energy to get there [the museum]” Parent from focus group “It was a really special opportunity to... Read full article


Rock ChYpPs: putting young people’s objects on display

Sun, 07 Jun 2020

‘Rock ChYpPS’ is a co-curated temporary exhibition at the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences. It displays geological objects loaned to the museum from children in the local Cambridge area, and aimed to provide a space for museum staff and local children to meet and connect over geology. The University of Cambridge Museums join the PlayDaze summer programme every year. Run... Read full article


Diving into a Coral Reef with Cambridge Communities

Mon, 01 Jun 2020

Our audiences are full of creativity, something we see in bucketfuls at our events and workshops. We wanted to go further, and showcase audience creations and collaborations in our programming and displays. As a Museum celebrating the wonders of the natural world, we have an innate desire to protect it. We have committed to embedding sustainability into our public programme... Read full article