Major Partner Museum status for UCM

01 Jul 2014

The vision of securing Cambridge’s reputation as an international centre of museums excellence received a major boost today when Arts Council England awarded University of Cambridge Museums (UCM) nearly £4.5m for 2015-18 and continuing Major Partner Museum status.

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Whale tale: a Dutch seascape and its lost Leviathan

04 Jun 2014

Earlier this year a conservator at the Hamilton Kerr Institute made a surprising discovery while working on a 17th-century painting owned by the Fitzwilliam Museum.  As Shan Kuang cleaned the surface, she revealed the beached whale that had been the intended focus of the composition. The artwork is now back on display in the Fitzwilliam's newly-refurbished gallery of Dutch Golden Age painting.  

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The wonders of the animal kingdom: a new Museum of Zoology

20 Mar 2014

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded a grant of £1.8 million to the University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge. This funding will support ambitious plans to completely redevelop the Museum of Zoology with displays showcasing the wonders of the animal kingdom, and new stores to preserve its outstanding collections for the future.

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Globe c. 1907

The world inside a Spanish globe

28 Dec 2012

Study of a mysterious 100-year-old interactive toy – perhaps the Wikipedia of its day – is painting a vivid picture of Spain’s path into the modern world.

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Philippe de Montebello

A work of art has many lives

20 Nov 2012

Eminent art historian and former director of New York’s Metropolitan Museum, Philippe de Montebello will this week give two lectures that explore the multiple lives of works of art. Both lectures are free and open to the public.

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