The Museums and Collections: places of wonder
The scope, importance and vitality of the University's Museums and Collections is stunning. Accumulated over nearly 300 years, they contain materials from the dawn of human activity and beyond, and objects that stir our innate sense of wonder. As well as being a vital resource for research, teaching and cross-disciplinary exploration, they are an important means by which academic Cambridge shares its knowledge with the wider public, stimulating engagement with the subjects to which they relate. By animating concepts and ideas, they raise educational aspiration in the most powerful way there is: by appealing to the imagination.
"Walking around its mile on mile of corridors, you know you are walking around the world mind..."
"We're not sticking to safe subjects, we're striking out into new territory and we're being a little controversial – exactly as a university museum should do..."
"As places of wonder, discovery and contemplation, they challenge our understanding of the past and present..."