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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.

     

Dear Future Me: Working with Young People on Climate Change

Tue, 19 Nov 2019

In May and June, the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and the Fitzwilliam Museum worked with Year 8 students from Cromwell Community College on a Bronze Arts Award project. The students explored stories of climate change through poetry and creative writing. Thanks to a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant, during 2018 and 2019 the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (MAA)... Read full article


Branding Challenge: a summer Arts Award project for young people in care

Fri, 25 Oct 2019

This August the University of Cambridge Museums (UCM) were pleased to continue our partnership with Cambridgeshire County Council in offering a group of Looked After Children (young people, currently unable to be supported by their own families, who are in the Council’s care) the chance to complete a Bronze Arts Award in a week. We were joined at the Fitzwilliam... Read full article


A modern day treasure hunt

Wed, 23 Oct 2019

This summer, young visitors to some of the University of Cambridge Museums had the opportunity to participate in an exciting artist-led treasure hunt. Hidden Tales: the Riddle of the White Sphinx, created by Mark Wells and Sorrel May, and illustrated by Jennifer Bell, encourages families to explore our museums in a different way…. here, author Mark Wells tells all. How... Read full article


Practical Evaluation

Wed, 09 Oct 2019

How can arts and cultural organisations evaluate the quality and impact of our work with children and young people? Over the last 18 months, members of the University of Cambridge Museums (UCM) Learning Team have been working on an evaluation project with colleagues from the National Gallery, part of an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded project in partnership... Read full article


Twelve teenagers curate an exhibition on climate change

Tue, 01 Oct 2019

The plan was this: invite twelve young people into the museum, fill their brains with information about the Polar Regions and museum displays and then ask them to produce the framework for a temporary exhibition about climate change. In a week. There is a lot of buzz around ‘co-curation’ projects at the moment. The idea is, by bringing in an... Read full article