The Museum of Cambridge is one of the oldest social history museums in the UK. Occupying a 17th century timber framed former coaching inn, we house a unique collection. From household objects, paintings and toys to Fenland folklore cures and customs, we tell the fascinating stories of Cambridgeshire people.
The Museum is located on the corner of Castle Street and Northampton Street, just 5 minutes walk from the City centre.
Opening times over the festive season: Museum closed 23 December 2016 to 2 January 2017.
Enquiries: 01223 355159
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We offer an exciting programme of workshops for Primary School children at the museum. All workshops include hands-on activities with museum staff and themed trails around the museum. Children have the opportunity to examine artefacts in depth and deepen their understanding of what life was like in the past.
For more information about any of these workshops or to make a booking please contact our Schools Officer Rachel Nielsen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01223 355 159
More workshops will be added soon including some with a local history focus, so please check back regularly.
Image copyright Paul Allitt, courtesy of the artist; Mary Mary, Glasgow and Kettle's Yard, University of Cambridge.
Until Sunday 5 February 2017
Jesse Wine has created a new tour of the Museum of Cambridge which uses audio, dramatic lighting and music to tell the story of Joseph Hempsell, a ‘fen slodger’ who disappeared in mysterious circumstances. Jesse Wine has added objects from the Kettle's Yard and Museum of Cambridge's collections and his own work to the displays in the museum. Pick up your tour at the entrance desk at quarter to and quarter past every hour.
This exhibition was commissioned by Kettle’s Yard as part of Kettle’s Yard in New Places and Spaces – Celebrating 50 years as part of the University of Cambridge.
Capturing Cambridge is a new venture at the Museum of Cambridge to develop the Museum as a venue, resource centre and 'home' for local and community history projects in Cambridge.
There are many ways in which you can get involved:
Come and see us at the Museum or email email@example.com to make an enquiry or find out more.
9-25 February 2017
Our third Cambridge History Festival tells the stories of city and county, past and present, through a varied programme of talks, tours, workshops and events.
The programme includes talks about the River Cam, Old Fenland Storytellers, local dialects and Cambridgeshire in the First World War. Explore the hidden history of the city through historical walking tours and learn traditional techniques in hands-on workshops. We will be gathering local stories and memories and celebrating LGBT History Month through our community project, Capturing Cambridge. Join us for events where you can find out about Cambridge Inns and enjoy beer tasting at the former White Horse Inn with CAMRA, or take part in a witch trial courtroom drama with the Witchfinder General. Don’t miss the chance to experience dining with a Victorian flavour; excellent food paired with food history at Corpus Christi College, one of the ancient colleges in the University of Cambridge. We hope you enjoy our Cambridge History Festival 2017.