The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is a great example of the University’s recent efforts to attract more visitors into Cambridge Museums. The galleries have been re-furbished and re-designed to be more informal and accessible to the wider public. The Clarke Hall [and reception/shop] on the ground floor covers the archaeology of Cambridge and surrounding villages. Maudsley Hall on the first floor houses the anthropology collection and the top floor mezzanine Andrews Gallery holds the archaeological items. Objects in the display represent nearly 2 million years of human history and have been collected from every inhabited area of the planet. Modern day indigenous communities are well represented [surprised that items I assumed to be ancient are modern-day] and curators work with contemporary artists to create new works responding to the collection. The museum is a finalist in the 2013 ArtFund Museum of the Year prize.
Then to PandIS, the University Photography and Illustration Service, for a photography exhibition ‘The Dream of Somewhere’ by Camberwell student Christian Brems.