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Sundays & Bank Holidays: 12:00 - 17:00


Weekend Enrichment Sessions for Teachers 

Saturday afternoons 2-4pm

£10 per session

Refresh your creative energy and explore our collections and special exhibitions through our new series of teacher enrichment sessions. These sessions have been designed to support teachers to develop their knowledge of the work of different artists and makers and explore a range of topics and creative themes.


Degas: Greasy Inky Drawings 

Saturday 25th November

  • Spend time exploring Degas: A passion for Perfection
  • Experiment with a variety of classroom friendly printmaking techniques including mono-print, and printing with carbon and plasticine
  • Make your own prints inspired by Degas’s artistic process in our artist studio

in partnership with

Codebreakers and Groundbreakers

Saturday 9th December

  • Get inspired about maths!
  • See an original Enigma machine up close
  • Take part in a codebreaking session with Dr James Grime, mathematician and public speaker. James tours the world, giving talks about the history and mathematics of codes and codebreaking and has 175k followers to his You Tube Maths Channel


Degas: Movement and Form

Sunday 7th January 11-1pm

  • Spend time exploring Degas: A passion for Perfection Work in the studio to explore a wide range of materials
  • Create 3D forms inspired by the body, including wire, modelling wax, natural fibres, paper and string.
  • Discover sculptural concepts such as armature, construction, structure and balance which you can use back in the classroom

in partnership with



Tailor Made INSET Courses

Have you got an idea for an enrichment session or INSET for you and your colleagues? We offer half and full day tailor made INSET courses to all schools. We can look at specific subject areas such as creative writing or history or explore how objects can be a starting point for cross-curricular teaching. To discuss this further please contact Kate Noble on 01223 761678 or email 

There is normally a charge for these courses.



Read about some of our previous teacher CPD sessions and get inspired by Access Art here.





We work closely a range of local ITE providers and regularly teach groups of trainee teachers in the museum.

Early Years and Primary

Early Years and Primary PGCE course at the Faculty of Education take part in an annual museum education day which explores the potential of museums for teaching and learning.

For many students this day has been inspirational:

"I think more of the course (Primary PGCE) should be structured around 'learning environments' and learning outside the classroom because it completely changes how you approach the curriculum and gives great confidence to apply cross-curricular themes in the classroom. The approach to objects, the use of questions for enquiry, letting the children lead the discovery and the way that small things can turn into longer-term projects is really valuable. I will seek to change my classroom environment and take advantage of any opportunities to go to museums".



We work with Secondary trainees running sessions on using museums to teach English, Religious Studies and History, as well as with student teachers on a Graduate Trainee Programmes.

You can find out more about our secondary PGCE placement programme here:

Secondary teacher trainees at the Fitzwilliam Museum



We offer a limited number of museum placements to trainee teachers. Trained mentors in the education department support students during these placements.

You can find out more about our exciting ITE cultural placement programme and our partnership with the Faculty of Education and the National Gallery here:

Take One ITE cultural placement programme.

You can read also read blog posts by previous ITE placement students:

Helping you to find a way in
Spiral Bound


In 2008-9 the museum took part in a TDA (Teacher Development Agency) funded placement project for trainee teachers.

For more information about this project


Teachers’ Pre-visits

We are always happy to meet with teachers to plan and discuss museum visits. To book a pre-visit please call 01223 332904 or email .

Learning about Culture: Measuring what Matters

Mon, 13 Nov 2017

I was fortunate to be invited to attend the launch of the new Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) / Royal Society of Arts (RSA) Learning about Culture Programme on Tuesday 17th October. In this post I reflect on the programme and consider what arts and cultural organisations can do to improve the evidence base around our work with children and young people.... Read full article

My Nursery is at the Museum and Garden

Thu, 09 Nov 2017

What happened when a group of 3 year olds spent a week ‘in residence’ at the Fitzwilliam Museum and Botanic Garden? Inspired by the ‘My Primary School is at the Museum’ project, educators at the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Botanic Garden invited nine children from a local nursery to spend five mornings ‘in residence’. Over the coming weeks and months... Read full article

Families, Freedom and the Future: Under Fives in Museums

Fri, 06 Oct 2017

Museums are brilliant places for young children – the combination of exciting architectural spaces, amazing collection objects and the social aspects of museum visiting make for incredibly stimulating learning possibilities. However, engaging young children with museums can present challenges too. Nicola Wallis and Holly Morrison from the Fitzwilliam Museum Education Department share their insights from the Freedom to Explore: Engaging... Read full article

Permission to Explore: investigating cultural learning at GEM 2017

Mon, 25 Sep 2017

This month’s GEM conference in Hull brought together museum educators from across the country. Three members of the University of Cambridge Museums share their thoughts on the conference. Liz Hide The keynote by Anra Kennedy of Culture 24 on digital literacy.  Creating digital resources is the easiest and most visible way that organisations respond to digital opportunities, but Anra challenged... Read full article

East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices at the Fitzwilliam

Mon, 04 Sep 2017

With support from charity Children and the Arts’ Start Hospice programme, the Fitzwilliam Museum has partnered with East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) in Milton, Cambridgeshire for 5 years. This article shares experiences of the programme so far and explains how the Museum and Hospice are planning to continue to work together in the future. Children & the Arts‘ programme Start... Read full article