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  • Zoology Live! Festival

Zoology Live! Festival - Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 June 2018. This event has taken place - if you came along, we hope you enjoyed it! We are looking for your feedback on the event, so please take a moment to complete our feedback form if you can. Thank you!

To celebrate the Museum opening we are having a whole weekend of free talks, activities, wildlife workshops, live animal displays and much much more!


Saturday 23 June.......

Come and see live insects in the Whale Hall, meet animals from Shepreth Wildlife Park and see the wonderful birds of prey from The Raptor Foundation. Join our Cambridge Urban Safari for tours with wildlife experts. Learn about the animals of Cambridge and how to identify them. Find out how to make your gardens and open spaces a home for wildlife. Discover the amazing world of animals with expert talks ranging from 'Darwin, the man behind the beard' to 'How animals develop'.

Join the University Botanic Garden, Whipple Museum of the History of Science and Darwin Correspondence Project for hands on activities inspired by animals. Learn about the fascinating behaviour of cuckoos from Professor Nick Davies, discover the plight of endangered animals with children's author Catherine Barr and learn how to draw a pangolin with illustrator Anne Wilson.

Join us after hours for a relaxed look at the galleries, with drinks, music and more from 8pm to 10pm. Enjoy live music from the Cambridge Corncrakes, and experience Planet Earth II: Islands with a screening in the Whale Hall courtesy of Star and Mouse Picture Show. With refreshments provided by the Cambridge Wine Merchants and the Whale Cafe.


Sunday 24 June.........

Enjoy workshops and talks from a range of artists about their creative response to the Museum's collections.

Drop-in and Draw: Bring your sketchbook and pencil and be inspired by our collections. With artist Beverley Carpenter of Oblique Arts to guide you from 10-12 and 1-4pm, discover new views of our collections and new ways of drawing.

Screen-printing with Ricki Outis: Be inspired by the Museum’s collections. With the help of artist Ricki Outis create a memory of your visit to Zoology Live and add to the screen-printed bunting we are creating at the Museum. Drop-in sessions will run from 10.30-1 and 1.30-4pm in the Learning Lab.

We are excited to have sculptor and artist Matthew Lane Sanderson at Zoology Live, taking you on a guided tour around his new work, our fabulous donations box in the Whale Hall. Starting at 11.30, find out about the inspiration behind this piece and others, including the creature in the Corpus Christi Clock, and see the wonderful details and working parts. 

Hear wonderful animal-inspired tales from storytellers Malcolm Busby and Rachel O’Leary of the Cambridge Storytellers. Story sessions will run in our new Discovery Space at 11-11.45am, 12-12.45pm, 2-2.45pm and 3.15-4pm. No need to book.

At 1.15pm we will be joined by acclaimed artists Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey as they talk us through the wonderful work that have done as part of the redevelopment of the David Attenborough Building. Find out about the artworks created from reclaimed slate found on the Whale Hall and along Corn Exchange Street, and their works included Conflicted Seeds and Seeing Red…Overdrawn, created with partners from the Cambridge Conservation Initiative. No need to book.

Join the Fitzwilliam Museum, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and the Whipple Museum of the History of Science for craft activities all inspired by animals. Drop-in. No need to book.

Further details of all these events are listed on our events pages, all are free but some are bookable, so don't delay if you wish to attend one of the bookable events!


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