The Whipple Museum in Cambridge is to close for ‘essential work’

PUBLISHED: 12:00 21 May 2018 | UPDATED: 12:27 21 May 2018

Free School Lane, Cambridge. Picture: Keith Heppell

Free School Lane, Cambridge. Picture: Keith Heppell

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There are only a few weeks left to visit before it’s shut until next year.

There are only a few weeks to visit one of the University of Cambridge’s eight museums before it closes for essential works.

The Whipple Museum, which holds a collection of scientific instruments and models dating from the Middle Ages, is to close on July 4.

It is founded on the collection by businessman Robert Whipple, who worked for the Cambridge Scientific Instrument Company. He is thought to have donated around 1000 instruments to the University of Cambridge in 1944.

The museum’s website reads: “Our skylights are due to be replaced, secondary glazing added to the Main Gallery window, lighting improved, and we will have a long-overdue overhaul of our flooring.”

The museum is expected to reopen in January 2019.

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