The Museum of Cambridge is calling the residents of Cambridgeshire to celebrate the place they call home – in miniature!
A much-loved institution visited by locals and tourists alike, the independent Museum of Cambridge on Castle Street is packed with exhibits which tell stories about the people who have lived in and loved Cambridgeshire over the last few centuries.
Now the Museum is keen to bring that collection up to date by finding out what people love about Cambridgeshire’s past, present and future. A new project, Connecting Cambridgeshire: My Mini Museum, gives county residents of all ages the chance to express what living in Cambridgeshire means to them.
Participants will have the chance to make mini exhibits of their own to showcase the objects, stories and places which best show what makes Cambridgeshire such a special place.
Everyone aged 5-105 is invited to get involved and contribute to this community created exhibition, whether by signing up for a free workshop or by ordering or collecting a special My Mini Museum craft pack to work on at home.
The project is totally free and open to any resident living in Cambridgeshire, whether they’ve lived here for 5 days, 5 months, or 50 years. This project is made possible by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
The Connecting Cambridgeshire: My Mini Museum will be shared at a variety of pop-up displays around the city of Cambridge as well as on an online gallery, and participants will be encouraged to position their My Mini Museums outside their houses for eagle-eyed passers-by to spot!
Pop ups will take place in Cambridge Central Library and Market Square on the following dates.
Cambridge Central Library
- Saturday 21st January 2023: 10:00am – 4:00pm
- Saturday 28th January 2023: 10:00am – 4:00pm
- Saturday 4th February 2023: 10:00am – 4:00pm
- Sunday 22nd January 2023: 10:00am – 4:00pm
- Sunday 29th January 2023: 10:00am – 4:00pm
- Sunday 5th February 2023: 10:00am – 4:00pm
More information about pop-ups and workshops can be found on the Museum’s What’s On page.
The Museum of Cambridge is embarking on a major redevelopment project over the next five years. Connecting Cambridgeshire: My Mini Museum project will give county residents the chance to shape the content of their very own museum located in the heart of Cambridge city. The Museum is seeking major funding from local and national grant-makers, businesses and individuals to help make the redevelopment project possible.
The Museum’s Development Manager, Annie Davis, said
“We can’t wait to get out and about and find out what people love about Cambridgeshire’s past, present and future. It could be a special place that means something to them or a memory of an important event that has taken place right on their doorstep. We are delighted that these colourful little exhibitions will be popping up on streets and in windows, or on our social media feeds. These mini-exhibitions are sure to to brighten up a dreary January!”
Lucy Walker, Chair of the Board of Trustees said:
“We are delighted to find out more about what’s important to the people of the county and work alongside our local communities to shape the stories we share at the Museum. We look forward to working with local businesses, donors and funders to find ways to put these ideas into practice in as we redevelop the Museum.”
You can find out more and learn how to take part by clicking here.
To donate to support the Museum and its redevelopment you can head to our Donate page, send us a cheque, or join our Corporate Partnerships scheme. To discuss a donation, chat to our Development Manager Annie Davis: firstname.lastname@example.org.