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Welcome to the Fitzwilliam Museum, a great place to introduce your students to their mock and actual Exam research for GCSE, A Level and BTEC Art and Design.

Each year we prepare a selected itinerary that matches key objects from our collection to your exam themes. We suggest that you read the attached PDF which is divided into the various Exam Boards, this may well help you prepare your students for your Self Led Session in the Fitzwilliam Galleries.

Your students are encouraged to draw from the real objects, record information and their own thoughts and ideas, it is a good idea to start them off with one or two objects, explaining details on the object labels each have museum accession numbers, a unique catalogue code they can then use to search for further information on line back at school or college.

Photographing objects can be helpful but nothing beats drawing from the objects.

(Please check that camera flash is off and that special exhibitions may not permit the use of photography due to copyright)

The attached document outlines themes from 2020 and is intended as a starting point.

This is for Teachers as you may well not have released exam papers to your students.

Students may also enjoy researching at the other University of Cambridge Museums which are just a 10 minute walk.

 

“Pupils now have a valuable piece of work to meet AO1 criteria of the AQA assessment.

Pupils also became a lot more aware of the FW collection and how to relate museum/gallery visits to their art studies.” – KS4 Teacher

Resources

Shakespeare Arts Award Project with Soham Village College

Thu, 30 Apr 2020

In October, eleven Year 8 students from Soham Village College arrived at the Fitzwilliam Museum, ready to embark upon a new project. Over the next eight weeks they would work with staff across the University of Cambridge Museums (UCM) to explore the context of their English set-text, Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”, while completing their Bronze Arts Award. As one of... Read full article


“Inspired”: a glimpse behind the scenes with young people

Mon, 16 Mar 2020

In December 2019, two groups of young people from primary schools across Cambridgeshire made a very special behind-the-scenes visit to the Fitzwilliam Museum. The visit gave them a taster of  what goes into making an exhibition, and the opportunity to install their very own artworks in the INSPIRE exhibition. The groups selected were young artists who had their artworks selected for... Read full article


Permission to Play

Fri, 13 Mar 2020

Play and exploration are central to children’s learning. How can museum spaces facilitate this best? Here, we present three case studies we can all learn from. Sara Steele and Kate Howlett, both based in the University of Cambridge Museum of Zoology, ventured up to Birmingham for a museum-based expedition and a Kids in Museums workshop. Here, they share what they... Read full article


Cambridge Diary: Autumn 2019

Mon, 02 Mar 2020

Read on for a selection of autumn highlights from across the University of Cambridge Museums… Exhibitions Happy Birthday Whipple Museum! 75 years ago Robert Whipple donated his extraordinary collection of scientific instruments to the University of Cambridge, and the Whipple Museum of the History of Science was born. The Whipple is celebrating in style with an exhibition of the founding... Read full article


Inspire: a celebration of children’s art

Fri, 31 Jan 2020

Over the past twelve months, thousands of local children and teachers have studied a Renaissance panel painting of Cupid and Psyche by Jacopo del Sellaio. A selection of their work is on display in the Inspire exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum from 10 December 2019 – 23 March 2020. “Going to the Fitzwilliam really inspired me that art isn’t just... Read full article