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August 2013



Summer at the Museums

University of Cambridge Museums’ annual celebration of Summer has come round again with a host of family-friendly events and activities. Take your family on an adventure around 18 museums in the city and beyond, enjoy the many free collections and exhibitions, and participate in our 'Draw what you saw' competition to win prizes.

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Origins of the Afro Comb:
6,000 years of culture, politics and identity

To 3 November: Fitzwilliam Museum
To 28 September: Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology

From ancient Egypt to the modern day, discover the 6,000-year history of the Afro Comb.

Each of the hundreds of beautiful combs on display is a work of art, from pieces exquisitely carved in wood with tiny geometric designs, to works sculpted from ivory or inlaid with multi-coloured glass beads. See images and sculpture showing a wide variety of hairstyles illustrating how the combs have been used since antiquity.

At the Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology experience three recreated hair-dressing salons and contemporary art installations explaining black hair culture, styling and politics as we know it today.

Fashioning Switzerland: Portraits and landscapes by Markus Dinkel and his contemporaries

To 15 September

An exhibition of Swiss watercolours and prints featuring a rare selection of finely drawn and coloured portraits of Swiss women in regional costume.

Images of Empire: The British Empire on nineteenth century medals

To 29 September

A special display of thought-provoking selection of medallic artwork, which explores British expansion across the globe during the nineteenth century.


For more information and locations visit our website

Press and curl: Imitating or embracing fashion

Sat 3 August: 14.00 – 16.00

Sandra Gittens, Author and Lecturer with a specialism in African Caribbean Hair.

Hair braiding demos

Tue 6 August: 14.00 – 16.00

Join us in Origins of the Afro Comb at the Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology for demonstrations of braiding by expert hairdresser Lorraine Dublin.

Object handling sessions

Sat 10 Aug: 14.00 – 16.00

An opportunity to look in more detail at some of the pieces in Origins of the Afro Comb.

Art Speak

Tues 13 August: 13.15

Look at and talk about art in Origins of the Afro Comb.

Object handling session

Saturday 17 August: 14.00 – 16.00

An opportunity to look in more detail at some of the pieces in Origins of the Afro Comb.

‘No Smiling Please’: Northcote Thomas’ ethnographic portraits of southern Nigeria

Wednesday 28 August: 13.15

Jocelyn Dudding, Photographic Collections Manager, Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology.



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Touch tours for blind and partially sighted adults and children

Tues 6 August: 14.00 – 15.00

Experience the wonders of Ancient Cyprus, Greece and Rome through touch.

FREE but booking essential.

How to Braid Hair

Sat 17 August: 14.00 – 16.00

Learn hair braiding with Portia Louis. Suitable for people who have no practice at plaiting and those with more experience.

£5 per workshop. Booking essential.

Black Hair Stories

Sat 24 August: 14.00 – 16.00

Hear a selection of personal recordings about black hair and join discussions including: my first hair style, bad hair days and geri-curl nightmares. Led by Michael McMillan, Freelance Writer, Artist and Curator. 

FREE but booking essential.



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Family First Saturday

Sat 3 August: 14.00 – 16.00

Visit our Fitz Family Welcome Point and collect drawing materials, activities and trails. Suitable for all ages (under 8's must be accompanied by an adult).



Art Week

Tues 6 - Fri 9 August: Drop in any time between: 11.00 – 13.00 & 14.00 – 16.00

Each day explore a different art material and create your own works of art to take home or add to a group installation. Suitable for all ages (under 8's must be accompanied by an adult).


Paper-Cut Animation Workshop

Sat 17 August: 10.30 – 16.30

Ages 12+

Explore the Museum through drawing then create and animate your own paper-cut puppets.

£10 per person Booking ESSENTIAL.


General admission to the Fitzwilliam Museum is FREE

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