At the Museum of Cambridge Outreach means being an active part of our community and encouraging all facets of our community to be an active part in the Museum. This way everyone’s stories can be told. We believe that through our outreach programmes we can make the history of Cambridgeshire more accessible and inspire people to be interested in their own history. Outreach brings the Museum to the people it represents and serves and makes the information inclusive to people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to access the museum on site. Accessing communities who deserve to have their stories remembered and be able to access the full range of social history in their area. Outreach is all about inspiring our communities with the Museum and its collection.
Our outreach is entirely FREE and really accessible. We are getting out and about to our community with our Museum on a Bike. This is important to our Museum for several reasons the biggest of which are:
- This museum was built for the people of Cambridge because they felt they needed a space to remember and celebrate their history separately to the history of the University because their lives looked a lot different to those who came to Cambridge for the University.
- Our Museum on a Bike program has taken every opportunity to go to Holiday lunches, which are community spaces for everybody to enjoy free activities and food with their neighbours in this way we can help enable people to come to a local community space and not worry about paying for food, travel or Museum tickets while still accessing the museums collection.
- We have done outreach at many events that exists to celebrate several different intersections of people from different areas in Cambridge, and I am looking forward to working with more communities in Cambridge in the coming months.
Right now the Museum has several free outreach programs running including:
We have an amazing opportunity to take our collection out to different spaces in our community with our ‘Museum on a Bike’ program! We have been running in full swing with multiple holiday lunches in Cambridge as well as several community fair and festival events and a holiday camp at the Galfrid school. We are going to pop up all over town, check out our website and Facebook page to see where we’ll be!
Both the ‘Little Feet, Big Impressions’ (crafts, tea and coffee and lots of fun for families with children aged 1-5) ‘Covid-19 Capsule’ project (fun crafts for all ages) are run from our wonderful Enid Porter room. These programs provide a beautiful, inclusive and exciting space to bring little ones for interactive arts and crafts and a chance to build the community space that is so important in supporting parents and families especially in light of the recent pandemic.
Our ‘Willoughby’s Wonders’ is a part of the Summer with the Museums and a great way to engage young children in historical objects with games and interactive activities to help explore the museum and Cambridge’s history in an exciting and meaningful way.
We hope to see you soon in The Museum or at an event soon! More details on how to book can be found on our website www.museumofcambridge.org.uk