How you can get involved in Museum of Cambridge’s crowd-sourced exhibition project called My Mini Museum
The Museum of Cambridge is calling on the residents of Cambridgeshire to celebrate the place they call home - in miniature.
The popular Castle Street is packed with exhibits that tell stories about Cambridgeshire people over the last few centuries.
Now the site is keen to bring that collection up to date by finding out what people love about Cambridgeshire’s past, present and future.
A new project, Connecting Cambridgeshire: My Mini Museum - made possible by the National Lottery Heritage Fund - gives county residents of all ages the chance to express what living in the county means to them.
Participants will be able to make mini exhibits of their own to showcase the objects, stories and places which best show what makes Cambridgeshire such a special place, and everyone of all ages is invited to get involved and contribute to this community-created exhibition, whether by signing up for a free workshop or by ordering or collecting a special My Mini Museum craft pack to work on at home.
Connecting Cambridgeshire: My Mini Museum will be shared at pop-up displays around the city, as well as on an online gallery, and participants will be encouraged to position their My Mini Museums outside their houses for eagle-eyed passers-by to spot.
The museum’s development manager Annie Davis said: “We can’t wait to get out and about and find out what people love about Cambridgeshire’s past, present and future. It could be a special place that means something to them or a memory of an important event that has taken place right on their doorstep.
“We are delighted that these colourful little exhibitions will be popping up on streets and in windows, or on our social media feeds. These mini-exhibitions are sure to to brighten up a dreary January!”
Pop-ups will take place in Cambridge Central Library and Market Square on the following dates:
Cambridge Central Library
• Saturday, January 21, 10am-4pm
• Saturday, January 28, 10am-4pm
• Saturday, February 4, 10am-4pm
• Sunday, January 22, 10am-4pm
• Sunday, January 29, 10am-4pm
• Sunday, February 5, 10am-4pm
More information about pop-ups and workshops can be found at museumofcambridge.org.uk/events/.
Lucy Walker, chair of the board of trustees, added: “We are delighted to find out more about what’s important to the people of the county and work alongside our local communities to shape the stories we share at the museum. We look forward to working with local businesses, donors and funders to find ways to put these ideas into practice in as we redevelop the museum.”
Find out more at museumofcambridge.org.uk/myminimuseum/. To donate to support the museum and its redevelopment, go to museumofcambridge.org.uk/support-us/support-us/, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.