Three years of my life as an EU student of English Literature at the University of East Anglia,England.
My boyfriend and I went to Cambridge last Thursday to visit two museums and do something different! We had a super nice day there.
We went to the Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology (MAA): it houses artefacts made by people across the world and from different eras. I thought it was going to be quite small but they had a lot more than we expected.
The museum holds archaeological finds from all over the world. They range from very old tools and objects found in Africa to Roman and medieval artefacts found in Cambridge and other parts of England (which is really cool). They had maps showing where they found some of the stuff (under Cambridge university or famous buildings for instance).
The museum has also acquired works of modern and contemporary art from various communities.
They even had modern clothing and many objects made by North European and Russian communities! I was impressed by the following thing.
There was an exhibition celebrating the art of printmaking: “The Power of Paper: 50 years of printmaking from Australia, Canada and South Africa“
“From the mid-twentieth century onwards, colonized peoples and indigenous communities began to represent themselves through art in modern media. In Australia, Canada and South Africa, they depicted culture, history and struggle through prints made in remote community workshops and in city studios.”
I loved this place — if you ever go to Cambridge, I more than recommend the MAA! Entry is free for the main collection and exhibitions. There’s a lot of stuff, but you don’t have to spend hours there to see everything.
You can read more about my day in Cambridge and about the Fitzwilliam Museum in my next article. 🙂