About Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
One of the most diverse museums in the UK, the Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is one like no other, housing a variety of exhibitions showcasing history from every corner of the globe.
Recent exhibitions such as ‘Artic Passages’, which showcases the Wordie artic expeditions of 1934 and 1937, and older collections such as the oldest stone tools (discovered by Louis Leakie) are but a few of the highlights available to peruse.
The museum itself stems from the 19th century, when the Cambridge Antiquarian Society began to gather material. Over the years interest in anthropology and archaeology began to increase and as its study became more widespread and archaeology more accessible, items began to be brought back to Cambridge, helping to further expand the collection.
Unsurprisingly, today the Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology remains a hub of archaeological and anthropological research. It is now, however, also open fully to the public, as well as of course scholars, students and those with an interest in the history of human kind.
There are a number of fascinating collections to see within the museum, which houses more than 800,000 objects, 100,000 field photographs and 30,000 historical documentary archives. It also boasts a Pacific collection holding over 30,000 artefacts, including some from James Cook’s 18th century voyages.
A particular highlight is the British and World Archaeology section, which holds many pieces of material from famous sites around the world, as well as boasting a large British collection ranging from Roman and Saxon times.
Contributed by Victoria Haughton