Things structure our lives. They enrich us, embellish us and express our hopes and fears. Here, to introduce a month-long focus on research on material culture, four academics from different disciplines explain why understanding how we interact with our material world can reveal unparalleled insights into what it is to be human.
Every object in the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology tells not just one but many stories. The Museum’s collections chronicle two million years of human history, revealing the diversity of human life over millennia and the ongoing dynamism of world cultures in the present. Many individual artefacts reflect histories and cultures that are contested.
Cambridge’s reputation as a centre of excellence for museums and culture in the UK received a vital boost today when Arts Council England (ACE) awarded University of Cambridge Museums (UCM) more than £4.8m and National Portfolio Organisation status from 2018-2022.
Museums and collections across the city are opening their doors after dark on February 18 (4.30pm-8.30pm) for an evening of nocturnal fun and adventure. Thirteen venues are taking part with free drop-in and bookable events.
Through its Collecting Cultures programme, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced a £5 million funding package which will benefit 23 museums, libraries and archives across the UK, including the Scott Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge.
Arts Council funding totalling £3.5m will support the creation of a new Education Wing and major improvements to the exhibition galleries at Kettle's Yard.