Forthcoming Events

Below are details of forthcoming events being held at the Whipple Museum.

Except where stated, all events are free of charge and open to all.

Twilight at the Museums: Larger than Life?

Twilight lunar globes
A selection of our lunar globes at Twilight at the Musuems.Image © Whipple Museum

4.30pm - 7.30pm, Wednesday 15th February

At the Whipple, things are not always what they seem... frogs, or fungus or even planets are unusually enormous or incredibly small. Join us as we hunt for creations of unbelievable shapes and sizes. You might even win a prize!

Free, drop in, all ages.

Julia Keenan's Whipple Artwork
Julia Keenan's current work involving a selection of Whipple objects (image copyright Julia Keenan).

Science Festival

Julia Keenan: Strange Chimera

12.30pm - 1.30pm, Tuesday 14th March

Artist Julia Keenan exhibits and speaks about her project, 'Strange Chimera', which she has been developing as a response to the Whipple Museum's incredible 19th century anatomical and botanical models, made by Dr. Louis Auzoux. During the project, she has been constructing hybrid objects that explore the models as teaching aids but also consider how they provoke feelings in the contemporary space of the museum.

Julia's work will be exhibited for the two weeks of the festival. Join her in conversation at the Whipple Museum as she discusses her process, how she has responded to historical scientific objects and demonstrates the products of her work.

Free, drop in, all ages.

How did they do that?

10.30am - 11.30am and 13.30pm - 14.30pm, Wednesday 15th March, The Fitzwilliam Museum

Discover the science behind some of our best-loved artworks. These sessions will be run in collaboration with the Whipple Museum of the History of Science and will include hands-on exploratory activities.

Free, ages 3-5. Booking essential. To register your interest please tel: 01223 332904 or email:

The Bone Collectors: Assembling the 'New Museums' in Victorian Cambridge

12pm - 1pm, Thursday 16th March

Boris Jardine gives a talk detailing the development of the New Museums Site at the end of the nineteenth century. The site was once home to the Botanical Garden, then a suite of (long demolished) museums, and then the laboratories that are only now moving to West Cambridge. This richly illustrated talk looks at the large collections of animal and human bones that were amassed on the site in the nineteenth century, and on curators and scientists who worked on them.

Free, drop in, 60 capacity. Ages 16+.

Make your own seventeenth-century diary

5pm-6.30pm, Thursday 16 March

Diaries and journals function as daily records of life. They allow us to reflect and reminisce. In the seventeenth century in England writing such autobiographical texts was very popular; hundreds of examples from the period survive. Drawing on the historical example of Elizabeth Isham's (1608-1654) book of 'confessions', this hands-on workshop examines the practice and meaning of writing diaries in the past and today. We consider how we decide what is important to record for posterity and whether this has changed over time.

This event is organised by Leah Astbury and is supported by a University of Cambridge Public Engagement Seed Grant. Leah Astbury is a Society for Renaissance Studies Postdoctoral Fellow based at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge.

Ages 15+. Free but must be booked through eventbrite [].

Customised and Invented!

11am - 4pm, Saturday 18th March

What do you do if you need something that doesn't exist? You invent it! Come along to the Whipple and discover how inventors have tinkered and adjusted over the years, adding gadgets and improvements to become better scientists. Have a go at experimenting with objects and customising your own invention!

Free, drop in, all ages.

'Why Is This Here?' display at the Whipple Museum.

Why is this here?

5pm - 8pm, Wednesday 22nd March

Gain a better understanding about museums' relationships with objects as we explore histories that are secretive, forgotten about, problematic or just weird. Investigate the objects yourself before museum colleagues elucidate the true, unexpected history. A part of Why is this Here?, our latest temporary exhibition.

Free, drop in, 14+.

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