course of the past two years, the Museum
of Cambridge has undertaken
an extensive shop redevelopment project funded by the Association of
Independent Museums (AIM) Sustainability Grant supported by the
Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. The grant has now reached its completion but will have
a positive lasting impact on the Museum shop.
The past two years have 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. All visitors will notice the improved appearance of the shop featuring the handiwork of Michael Knapp Decorating, locally crafted furnishings from Providence and stunning seasonal window displays created by volunteers from John Lewis. The Museum has 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, as well as the handmade one-of-a-kind work of our very own craft group.
The Museum of Cambridge is thrilled with the outcome of the shop redevelopment made possible by 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.
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
And of course…the Museum Craft Group- all sorts of handmade toys and accoutrement!