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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)

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

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