Over recent years, the Museum of Cambridge undertook an extensive shop redevelopment project funded by the Association of Independent Museums (AIM) Sustainability Grant supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.  

The redevelopment brought countless improvements to the shop thanks to the AIM Sustainability Grant. The Museum commissioned artists Mandy Knapp and Karen Jinks to redesign the shop and build partnerships with local artists networks.  The improved appearance of the shop features the handiwork of Michael Knapp Decorating,  locally crafted furnishings from Providence and stunning seasonal window displays created by volunteers from John Lewis.  The Museum developed a ‘Made in Cambridge’ range of prints, cards, pottery, jewellery and glasswork featuring the work of a wide variety of locally-based artisans and craftspeople. Visitors can identify these items and their makers by ‘Made in Cambridge’ tags.  The shop continues to stock ever-popular traditional children's toys and games and other vintage-inspired items.

Thanks to  the AIM Sustainability Grant, we hope to continue providing a truly unique, truly local shopping experience to all visitors.

 The shop is open during normal Museum hours.

We'd like to offer a very special thanks to Mandy Knapp and Karen Jinks, Museum staff past and present who dedicated their efforts to administration of the grant, and our wonderful front of house volunteers for helping make best use of the AIM Sustainability Grant throughout the redevelopment project.

Our list of Cambridgeshire-based suppliers is ever-growing!

Cardoza Kindersley- playing cards

IMPRINT- wrapping and craft paper, notebooks, and cards 

Kandula tea- boxed tea- also served in Saturday tea room!

Karen Jinks- collage art

Mandy Knapp- screen print tiles and collage art

MPJ ArtGlass- glassware and jewellery

Rachel Thompson- prints

Sam Motherwell- original artwork on umbrellas and bags

Sonia Villiers- cards

Venessa Stone  - cards

BySpoke - bike seat covers

Ellee Seymour - Books