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Museum events

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See also the archive of previous events.

Operation Survival

Operation Survival

Selected Saturdays 20 October – 23 March, 10am-12.30pm

Take part in a high-energy game about survival across four University of Cambridge Museums with Fire Hazard Games.

To face a world in crisis, a competition has been set to create the Foundation for the Future, which could help humanity survive the many challenges facing the environment in the coming years. With cryptic clues and roaming characters your team will have to be curious, cooperative and clever to come out on top with just your mobile phones to help you.

Operation Survival is designed for adults (18+). No prior knowledge is required. You'll need to be comfortable moving around at walking pace for a couple of hours and one of you will need a smart phone. The game will run across the Polar Museum, The Museum of Zoology, Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences and Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

Book your tickets here

Michael Palin talk flyer

Michael Palin Talk

Wednesday 28th November 7:00pm, doors open at 6:30pm

This event is now sold out.

Bristol-Myers Squibb Lecture Theatre, Chemistry Department, Cambridge (next door to the Scott Polar Research Institute).

The former Monty Python stalwart and much-loved television globe trotter- brings to life the world and voyages of HMS Erebus as part of the book tour

Book your ticket now!

This is a fundraising event for the Friends of SPRI.

Little Explorers

Little Explorers

Monday 3 December 2018, 10:00-10:45 and 11:00-11:45

A different Polar story each session with renowned storyteller Marion Leeper. The theme this month is Tom Crean's Rabbit

For under 5s only. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Book for 10:00 session here

Book for 11:00 session here

Little Explorers

Little Explorers

Monday 14 January 2019, 10:00-10:45 and 11:00-11:45

A different Polar story each session with renowned storyteller Marion Leeper. The theme this month is Earth sister sky sister

For under 5s only. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Book for 10:00 session here

Book for 11:00 session here

The Library of Ice, Readings from a Cold Climate by Nancy Campbell

An afternoon with Nancy Campbell and The Library of Ice

Saturday 8 December 208 14:00-16:00

Join us for an afternoon with acclaimed poet and writer Nancy Campell to celebrate the publication of her latest book The Library of Ice.
This fantastic drop-in event will include readings, book signing and a chance to meet the author in our newly refurbished Friends Room. Refreshments will be provided.
Long captivated by the solid yet impermanent nature of ice, by its stark, rugged beauty, acclaimed poet and writer Nancy Campbell sets out from the world's northernmost museum – at Upernavik in Greenland – to explore it in all its facets. From the Bodleian Library archives to the traces left by the great polar expeditions, from remote Arctic settlements to the ice houses of Calcutta, she examines the impact of ice on our lives at a time when it is itself under threat from climate change.
The Library of Ice is a fascinating and beautifully rendered evocation of the interplay of people and their environment on a fragile planet, and of a writer's quest to define the value of her work in a disappearing landscape.
Find out more about Nancy Campbell and her work here