Age 11+

Here you can find out about women and men in Cambridge with exceptional stories, that helped them make a mark in our city and our museum. You can read about them, and come to the museum to see some of the objects that played a role in their lives.
In each text, you’ll find pop-up dialogue bubbles that will tell you more about particular things. You’ll also find activities at the end of each text.

Alexander Crummell: The pioneering African American minister and abolitionist who studied at Cambridge

Alexander Crummell: The pioneering African American minister and abolitionist who studied at Cambridge

Imagine a world where you are seen as an inferior in the land of your birth. Alexander Crummell existed in such a world and had the determination and foresight to try to change it.

Annie Carnegie-Brown (1891-1981), Cambridge’s First Policewoman and WW2 Spycatcher

Annie Carnegie-Brown (1891-1981): Cambridge’s First Policewoman and WW2 Spycatcher What is your dream career? Could you cope with being the first ever person to do that job? Annie Carnegie-Brown (1891-1981) was the first ever policewoman i...

Charles “The Cambridge Wonder” Rowell, ‘Long Distance Champion of the World’

Charles “The Cambridge Wonder” Rowell, ‘Long Distance Champion of the World’ Imagine walking or running for six whole days with only a couple of hours to eat or sleep? Could you do this while competing against the greatest athletes in the world? ...

Eglantyne Jebb, Founder of Save The Children

Eglantyne Jebb, Founder of Save The Children Can you imagine a world where children were forced to work from the age of nine, in terrible conditions in cotton factories or down mines? Would you have the courage to change it? Eglantyne Jebb...

Elizabeth Woodcock, Miraculous Survival After Being Buried in Snow For EIGHT DAYS (1799)

Elizabeth Woodcock: Miraculous Survival After Being Buried in Snow For EIGHT DAYS (1799) Elizabeth Woodcock 1799 Imagine being trapped under snow for eight days, could you survive? Amazingly, in February 1799, Elizabeth Woodcock did just...

Francis Williams and The Mystery of the First Black Student at Cambridge University

Francis Williams (1692-1762)   Imagine a world where your entire life’s destiny was determined by the colour of your skin; Francis Williams lived in such a world, but he fought back… through poetry. Francis Williams was born around 169...

Millicent Fawcett, Forgotten Hero of the Women’s Suffragist Movement

Millicent Fawcett, Forgotten Hero of the Women’s Suffragist Movement Millicent Fawcett (1847-1929) US Library of Congress   Imagine a world where women are seen as second class citizens, where they are deemed intellectually inferior t...

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