Still time to see young people's exhibition, The Museum of Us

News release from 6 September 2017, 6:50pm

There is still time for people to visit an exhibition at The Museum of Cambridge celebrating young people’s cultural and personal connections to the city.

The Museum of Us is being exhibited at The Museum of Cambridge until 10 September, showcasing Coleridge College students’ creative connection to Cambridge, their friends and themselves.

The exhibition was developed and curated by the students as part of a pioneering two year Activate programme, working in collaboration with professionals from arts and cultural venues across Cambridge.

Activate has been funded by Cambridge City Council’s Sharing Prosperity Fund, which supports its Anti-Poverty Strategy and involves The Museum of Cambridge, University of Cambridge Museums (including The Fitzwilliam Museum and Kettle’s Yard), Cambridge Junction, NIE Theatre Company and Menagerie Theatre Company, who produce the Hotbed festival each year.

The goal is to introduce more children to the arts and cultural opportunities available in Cambridge and to support and enhance their education.

The exhibition showcases memories, local history and fantasy to tell the story of Cambridge through artwork, mapping and stories. Visitors are also invited to add their own memories and favourite Cambridge places.

The Museum of Us was first shown as an interactive theatre piece at the Hotbed Festival, and inspired by the Cabinets of Curiosity at The Fitzwilliam Museum. The production – which debuted as part of the Hotbed theatrical festival at The Junction in July – was written, directed and performed by Year 7 and Year 8 students, who are all new to the stage.

Cllr Richard Johnson, Executive Councillor for Communities said: “Well done to all involved in The Museum of Us, and congratulations to the young curators.

“I attended the exhibition myself and it was strikingly clear how committed, enthusiastic and passionate the young curators were. We are extremely pleased to support the Activate project, and in particular to see arts and cultural organisations working together to provide young people with the opportunity to develop new skills in such an enjoyable way.”

Lorna O’Brien, Manager of the Museum of Cambridge said: “We are thrilled to be hosting this unique exhibition and showcasing the excellence and creativity of the young people involved.

“The importance of developing cultural connections with young people in the city cannot be over-estimated - through working collaboratively Activate is strengthening links with arts and cultural organisations, enabling us to learn from each other and the young people themselves.

“We are very excited to see what the next year brings and see great potential for further development.”

The Museum of Us is on display at The Museum of Cambridge until Sunday 10 September. For opening hours and further details please visit www.museumofcambridge.org.uk or phone 01223 355159.