Learning from Lockdown

The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge will take over the GEM Twitter feed to lead a conversation about what we are learning from the experience of delivering museum education and engagement in lockdown. Across the sector, museums have been challenged to continue to deliver impactful, engaging activity with and for diverse audiences, in radically different circumstances.

We will share our experiences of innovating and adapting, testing and problem solving to ensure that we are continuing to reach a broad range of audiences in ways that respond to their current needs and interests. We’ll also be reflecting on what it means for us as educators to be working in this way, and what we might learn for the future. We hope you will join us in the conversation.

Learning at The Fitzwilliam Museum

The Fitzwilliam Museum aims to:

– touch people’s lives by engaging powerfully, thoughtfully and pleasurably with as wide a public as possible

– produce and promote innovative, relevant, and interdisciplinary research of the highest quality around our collection

The Fitzwilliam Museum Learning Department aims to build connections between the Museum’s collection of art and antiquities and as wide a variety of people as possible, developing our methods for ensuring access to culture for all. Members of the Fitzwilliam Museum learning team also fulfil a strategic role within the University of Cambridge Museums consortium, co-ordinating partnership activity.

Our learning offer is shared by our commitment to:

  • welcome everyone to the museum, respecting individual needs and creating a positive ongoing relationship with our cultural spaces;
  • enable learning from a wide variety of real objects in a unique environment;
  • encourage creative, independent enquiry-based learning;
  • share expertise in learning and collections; and
  • collaborate with audiences to plan our programme.