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The Whipple Museum collections are now fully online!

Like other museums, only a small proportion of our collection is on display at any one time and, in the current public health situation, physical access to museums has become very challenging. But now you can search and browse through records and images of close to 7,000 objects, as well as records of our Trade Literature – all from the comfort of your own home.

In addition, our Researcher Portal allows you to download images, book research visits, request permission to publish images, and suggest ways we can correct or improve our records.

The project was a collaboration with the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (MAA), funded by Arts Council England, through the Designation Development Fund. As well as a smart new front end for researchers and members of the public, this collaboration improved the Museum’s database – its functionality, quality of information and security – and has deepened connections with MAA.

This project was also made possible by increased physical security in our museum, a long-term development that was aided by funding from DCMS Wolfson and expertise from University Security.

As always, we are grateful for support from the Arts & Humanities Research Council, and to colleagues in other museums for advice, especially the other University of Cambridge museums and collections in UCM. Special thanks are also due to Rosanna Evans, Danielle Cagliuso, Claire Wallace, Dr Chris Wingfield, Dr Mark Elliott, Jacob Baldwin, Terry Chivers, and Linear Blue.

Access the portal here.

Opening Times

Please note:

In line with the latest Government advice regarding COVID-19, all University of Cambridge Museums are closing to the public on Thursday 5 November until further notice, to help protect visitors, staff and the wider community.

We will continue to share stories and activities with you throughout the closure here on this website and on social media.