Curating Cambridge: our city, our stories, our stuff was a collaborative arts and cultural season which took place over five weeks in October and November 2014. It was programmed by the University of Cambridge Museums as the culmination and celebration of the first three years of Major Partner Museum funding from Arts Council England.
People, stories and a sense of place were central to this exploration of the unique cultural richness of Cambridge. The programme welcomed children, young people and adults from across the city, county and beyond to explore arts, culture and human nature itself.
New partnerships brought fresh and diverse perspectives; and collaboration enabled us to reach and engage with new audiences. This approach has inspired our ongoing programming and built lasting relationships that are continuing now the programme has finished. Collectively this has contributed to the development of a relevant, responsive and growing cultural offer in Cambridge, as well as to the development of the University of Cambridge Museums consortium itself.
As one of only 21 Major Partner Museum services supported by Arts Council England, Curating Cambridge was a flagship project for the University of Cambridge Museums. It enabled us to emphasise our commitment to openness and accessibility, to highlight good practice, and to extend and expand the broader Arts Council-funded programme Connecting Collections which over the last three years has enhanced access to the collections and resources of the 8 University of Cambridge Museums for the benefit of the sector and audiences alike.