Discovery Talk

Discovery Talk:

Taking place on the second Friday of every month in the Museum’s Discovery Space, the Discovery Talks explore themes from the history of the collections to current zoological research.   


Suitable for ages 12+

Workshop: Sasha Pirogova

This workshop will take place in the Clore Learning Studio and is open to people of all abilities, no previous experience of performance is needed.

‘Working in a group with common and individual questions we will expand conventional notions about the world. The gap between familiar and unknown will be filled with feeling. By responding to it through movement, participants will be guided to build up the connection between body, consciousness and reality.’ – Sasha Pirogova

FREE, booking required.

Leonardo da Vinci 1519–2019: Art, history, science

With contributions by:
Peter Abrahams, University of Warwick
Laura Aldovini, Musei Civici, Pavia
Martin Clayton, Royal Collections, Windsor Castle
Maya Corry, University of Oxford
Iain Fenlon, University of Cambridge
Ian Hutchings, University of Cambridge
Domenico Laurenza, Museo Galileo Florence
Martin Kemp, University of Oxford
Alexander Marr, University of Cambridge
Luke Syson, The Fitzwilliam Museum
Evelyn Welch, King’s College London

Organiser: Lucia Tantardini, University of Cambridge


Life drawing

Thursday 26 September
11.00 – 13.00 • One model
14.00 – 16.00 • Two models
Experimental workshops with artist Issam Kourbaj.

Saturday 28 September
11.00 – 13.00
14.00 – 16.00
Taking the poses of Rembrandt's models as inspiration, with illustrator Pam Smy.


BOOKING ESSENTIAL. Tel: 01223 332904 or email:

Fans Study Day

BOOKING ESSENTIAL. Email: or tel: 01223 332904


Fan facts
10.30 – 13.00

Join our speakers for a morning of engaging short talks:

10.30: 'An Insight into Printed Fans'
Anne-Marie Benson, The Worshipful Company of Fan Makers and Mary Kitson, The Fan Circle International

11.00: 'Fans Unfolded: Conserving the Lennox-Boyd Collection'
Flavia Ravaioli, Objects Conservator at The Fitzwilliam Museum

Discovery Talk: Fish inside-out

Discovery Talk:  Fish Inside-out

Computerised tomography (CT) scans are widely used in medicine to see inside the body to diagnose and monitor illnesses. CT scans also have an important place in modern Zoology. Join Museum researcher Dr Kate Criswell as she explores fish anatomy using CT scans of some of the specimens in the Museum’s fish collection.

Zoologist for a Day

Discover the science of Zoology at this day-long hands-on workshop, working with researchers in the Museum and Department of Zoology. See the amazing diversity of animal life on Earth, explore how animal bodies are built, and learn about the delicate balance of ecosystems.

Suitable for ages 13-18

Tickets: £25. Booking essential.

CCI Talk: Wild places and species of the Fens

Join us to hear the story of Wicken Fen, including the tale of trying to bring back a lost frog species to Cambridgeshire.  Less than 1% of original fen survives in East Anglia, of which Wicken Fen is a fragment.  However, the Wicken Fen Vision is an ambitious plan to create a diverse landscape for wildlife and people stretching the edge of Cambridge, and maybe also a home for the lost Pool Frog.

Please arrive at 17.45. Talk: 18.00 - 18.45.  Galleries will be open until 19.30 to explore after the talk.