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Bring your subject to life with our cross-curricular, active and engaging gallery and studio sessions taught within our extraordinary collections. Come up close to an ancient Egyptian sarcophagus, study the brush strokes on a painting by Monet or explore line, pattern and shapes through the amazing architecture and sculpture: whatever your topic with over 40 different sessions to choose from you are sure to find something to excite and inspire your pupils, from Early Years to Key Stage 5.

Click on a session below for more details and a list of linked resources, then contact us on 01223 332904 or  to book, or to discuss your needs. Most sessions are free (charges apply for studio workshops) and travel bursaries are available for schools meeting our criteria.

Please note that we are now operating a new booking system for schools.

Bookings for Spring Term 2018 open on Monday 14th November

Bookings for Summer Term 2018 open on Monday 13th February

What is sculpture?

Investigate shape, form, texture and materials to discover sculpture in the museum from ancient to modern.

Tags: Art & Artists, Art & Design, Design & Technology, KS1, KS2, Materials, Science

Turrets and Tiaras

Journey into the world of chivalrous knights and beautiful princesses in this story session told in the Armoury and ceramics galleries. 

 

Tags: Art & Artists, Art & Design, English, History, KS1

The Victorians

Explore life in Victorian England through the portraits, landscapes and story paintings.

Tags: Art & Artists, Art & Design, Exam Themes, Famous People, History, KS2

The Tudors

Explore life in Tudor England by looking at portraits and armour. This session includes the opportunity for pupils to look at replica costumes. 

 

Tags: Art & Design, Famous People, History, KS2

The Stuarts

This collection inspired session offers an insight into the court culture of Stuart Britain and the events leading up to the Civil War in 1642.

Tags: Art & Artists, Exploration, Famous People, History, KS4, KS5

The Story of Jan

Follow Jan on his journey of self discovery and adventure in this pirate tale using Dutch paintings in Gallery 15.

Tags: Art & Artists, Art & Design, Discovery, English, Exploration, History, KS1, KS2

The Story of Camille

Follow the adventures of a young girl who visits Paris for the first time by looking at paintings in the French Impressionist gallery. 

 

Tags: Art & Artists, Art & Design, English, History, KS1, KS2

The Romans

Look closely at the objects in the galleries to discover more about Ancient Roman beliefs, technology and everyday life.

Tags: Art & Artists, Art & Design, Early Civilisations, Famous People, History, KS2

The Real Me

What do portraits tell us about people, who they are and what is their character? How do artists show differences between people and what they are feeling?

Tags: Art & Artists, Art & Design, Famous People, KS2, PSHE, Science

The Impressionists

Explore original paintings by artists such as Monet, Degas and Seurat and investigate why they look the way that they do by thinking about colour, technique and subject matter.

Tags: Art & Design, History, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5, Languages

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