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See also the archive of previous events and the Friends' Lecture series.

Curating Cambridge: our city, our stories, our stuff

Monday 20 October – Sunday 23 November 2014

Five weeks of exhibitions, events, workshops, performances, talks, trails and hand-on fun bringing together culture and creativity across the city

* VISIT THE FULL CURATING CAMBRIDGE WEBSITE AT WWW.CURATINGCAMBRIDGE.ORG.UK *

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The Thing Is…' Lunchtime Talk Series

1.15pm - 1.45pm on Tuesday 21 October, Tuesday 28 October, Tuesday 4 November

Location: The Polar Museum

Exhibiting a loaned object from each of the other University of Cambridge Museums & Botanic Gardens with a paired item from The Polar Museum's collections, the temporary exhibition 'The Thing Is…' will raise questions about the nature of curating, collecting, and the stories objects can tell us.

Join us for one of our lunch time talks relating to individual themes from the exhibition. For more information of the speaker for each of the talks, please see The Polar Museum website.

Free, Drop-in, Adults

Tuesday 21 October: Combining collections, the making of 'The Thing Is ...'- Curator Bridget Cusack & Film maker Rosie Amos

Tuesday 28 October: Exploration and Odysseus - Dr Kate Beats from the Museum of Classical Archaeology

Tuesday 4 November: Sawdust and Threads: Taking apart a Museum - Artist Caroline Wright will discuss her work with de-accessioned museum objects.

Fitz Family Day: Curious Collections

Wednesday 29 October, 12.00 – 16.00,

Location: The Fitzwilliam Museum

As part of Curating Cambridge the Fitzwilliam Museums Family programme will be taken over by Cambridge Museums including the Polar Museum. Join them in creating and organising your own collection by joining in various activities spread throughout the Museum. What curious stories and connections will you discover between objects and creatures from across time and the world?

Free, Drop-in, All Ages

'Treaty Yourself ': Drop in activities with theatre maker Rachel Mars

Thursday 30 October, 11am – 2pm

Location: The Polar Museum, Lecture Theatre

The Ceremonial South Pole has gone missing. You are invited to be part of an urgent International Antarctic Treaty meeting. Take your seat around the table, open your tool box and work together with other countries to complete special tasks to help find it!
Activity last about 20 minutes, running from 11am - 2pm.

Free, Drop-in, Ages 7+

In Conversation with a Museum: The Polar Muse

Tuesday 4 November, 6pm – 7.30pm,

Location: The Polar Museum

Hear from the poets who have taken over The Polar Museum as part of their poetry residency at The Polar Museum.

Free, Booking required on The Polar Museum website, https://thepolarmuse.eventbrite.co.uk

Whale of a Time Family Drop in Day

Saturday 15 November, 10.30am – 3.30pm,

Location: The Polar Museum

Have a whale of a time at our family drop in day. Join us in our Polar Ocean, hear whale song, stories from the depths and go fishing for information with our whale expert. Don't forget to bring the whole pod for a virtual splash around.

Including 'Ocean Song: Sounds of the Sea workshop' with the Museum of Zoology team at 2pmin the Polar Museum Lecture Theatre.

This is a drop in day for the whole family, but the Ocean Song Workshop is bookable for ages 7 – 13 years old. See the Polar Museum website for booking information.

Free, Drop-in, All Ages

Museum Escape – The Polar Domes

Tuesday 11 November, Slots at 4.30pm, 5.30pm, 6.30pm 7.30pm & 8.30pm:

Fully Booked

Location: The Polar Museum

Your mission should you choose to accept it, is to escape the museum…The Polar Museum and the Sedgwick Museum bring you 'Museum Escape', an interactive live escape game designed for groups of 3 to 8 people. Find hints and clues, solve puzzles, and crack codes as you race against time in order to escape from a room you are 'locked in'. The Polar Museum will be open to the public to browse from 4.30pm – 8.30pm and a bar will be available.

Each slot is 45 minutes starting at 4.30pm, 5.30pm, 6.30pm 7.30pm & 8.30pm. With only five slots available, book fast for your group. Bookings will only be reserved once payment is made. Each slot costs £30 no matter how many people are in the group. We also have 'Museum Escape: The Crystal Room' at the Sedgwick Museum on 18 November.

To make a booking enquiry, please email museumevents@spri.cam.ac.uk

Booking required on The Polar Museum website, 18+

Museum Escape – The Crystal Room

Tuesday 18 November, Slots at 5pm, 6pm, 7pm & 8pm:

Fully Booked

Location: The Sedgwick Museum

Your mission should you choose to accept it, is to escape the museum…The Polar Museum and the Sedgwick Museum bring you 'Museum Escape', an interactive live escape game designed for groups of 3 to 8 people. Find hints and clues, solve puzzles, and crack codes as you race against time in order to escape from a room you are 'locked in'. The Sedgwick Museum will be open to the public to browse from 5pm – 8pm and a bar will be available.

Each slot is 45 minutes starting at 5pm, 6pm, 7pm & 8pm. With only four slots available, book fast for your group. Bookings will only be reserved once payment is made. Each slot costs £30 no matter how many people are in the group.

We also have 'Museum Escape: The Polar Domes' at The Polar Museum on 11 November.

To make a booking enquiry, please email museumevents@spri.cam.ac.uk

Booking required on The Polar Museum website, 18+

A Big Game Night

Friday 21 November, 6pm – 7.30pm,

Location: The Polar Museum

The Museum of Zoology and The Polar Museum bring you a night of entertainment with our very own game shows, Just a Minnow & Q-Ice. Watch as our contestants battle out for museum domination! Points will be given for knowledge, perseverance and of course for pure entertainment value.

Free, Booking required on The Polar Museum website, 18+

https://thebiggamenight.eventbrite.co.uk