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.
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Tracing Traditions is funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund - delivered by the Museums Association.
The project aims to discover how the people of Cambridgeshire have remembered and reinvented age-old traditions for the modern world.
Through a collaborative partnership with diverse local communities and partner museums within Cambridgeshire, Tracing Traditions will continue Enid Porter's folklore legacy, and we invite people to share their customs, beliefs and traditions.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to make an enquiry or find out more.
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.
Our museum is very well placed to meet the ‘Local History’ objectives of the National Curriculum containing a wealth of objects which tell the stories of life in Cambridge and the surrounding area.
We offer three workshops to support a Local History Study:
As well as workshops on Victorians, Toy Detectives, Homes in the past, Changing Technology and Tall Tales.
And don’t forget to book our seasonal workshops ‘Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside’ (June/July) and A Victorian Christmas (November/December).
Full of original and reproduction objects that are specifically for handling, our selection of loans boxes includes Toys, Homes in the Past, Victorians, Fenland Life and Football. We also hire out a Victorian School Day Kit containing all you need to run a Victorian School Day at your own school.
For more information about any of the workshops, outreach sessions or loan boxes, or to make a booking please contact our Schools Officer, Rachel Nielsen at email@example.com or 01223 355159
You can also download a PDF with more details on the workshops.
The Victorian Sweetshop Trail
Hunt for objects and pictures in the museum and learn about the history of sugar, sweets and dentistry! While you are here, why not try out our different sweet challenges or play in our vintage sweetshop.
Available from July 25th – September 3rd. This special trail will be available during normal museum opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10:30 – 4:30 and Sunday 12 noon – 3.30pm.
Drop-in activity for all ages but particularly suitable for families.
Trail included in normal admission price: £4 per adult, £2 concessions, Children under 12 free
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 01223 355159 or visit www.museums.cam.ac.uk/summer