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USING THE COLLECTIONS TO CONNECT THE UNIVERSITY TO COMMUNITIES

1:00pm-2:00pm on Thursday 31 March

Times shown are in GMT (UTC +0) up to the 26th March. For events on or after 27th March times are in BST (UTC +1).

From Darwin’s finches to Impressionist paintings, living plants to Inca ceramics, Mary Anning’s fossils to Europe’s first printed book, the museums and libraries in the University of Cambridge are home to varied and important collections. Through these rich records of the past and present, Cambridge’s Collections can help address three major societal challenges of today and tomorrow. We want to involve YOU, our local communities, as much as we can in carrying out this research. We plan to develop new digital resources to help make that more feasible. You can join in now by taking part in citizen science projects, or through evaluations you contribute during after a museum visit, or by getting involved in co-curating new projects.

The event will feature three new short films, each highlighting innovative approaches to researching the collections within the themes of environment, well-being and identity. Researchers and practitioners from across the University collections will discuss their ongoing projects, and the importance of collections-based activities. We will then invite you to join in a discussion with the stars of each film, and the co-Chairs of the CCC. As well as your questions about the collections and current research projects, we want to hear how you think you can contribute to the future plans of this exciting new collaboration.

Speakers:

Rebecca Kilner, Professor of Evolutionary Biology, Director of the University Museum of Zoology, and Co-Chair of the CCC SRI

Neal Spencer, Deputy Director Research & Collections of the Fitzwilliam Museum, and Co-Chair of the CCC SRI

Kate Noble, Senior Research Associate Museum Learning, Fitzwilliam Museum

James Freeman, Medieval Manuscripts Specialist, University Library

Charlotte Connelly, Curator, Polar Museum, and Chair, Cambridge University Museums Steering Group

The event marks the launch of a new Strategic Research Initiative at the University of Cambridge, Collections-Connections-Communities, to prompt innovative research on the University’s vast and exceptional collections in its Gardens, Libraries, Archives and Museums.

Booking/Registration is: RECOMMENDED

Additional Information

Age: All Ages
Format: Workshop
Timing: Live Stream
Cost: Free
Theme: Discovery, Society
Accessibility: Closed Captions

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