Cambridge Summer School: learning outside the classroom
Cambridge is known worldwide as a place of learning. Aside from traditional education within the university’s colleges, the whole city is filled with cultural experiences, including lots of museums. Have a look at our favourites, and just think – you could be visiting them next year during our summer programs.
The Centre for Computing History
Opened this year, the computer museum has found an ideal home in Cambridge. Alan Turing, who studied and worked at Kings College, is thought to be the father of computer science, and Cambridge itself is thought to be one of the leading technology centres in Europe. Computers have completely changed the world – this is the first museum in Europe to tell the story of their impact. This museum also charts the history of games consoles (and even has retro gaming nights!) Full of the inspiring stories of inventors, and glimpsing into our future, this is the perfect museum for teenage summer camps.
The Museum of Cambridge
What could be better for a Cambridge summer school, than a museum about Cambridge? This quirky museum is housed in an old English inn, and explores the lives of people living in Cambridge from the 1700s onwards through a large and varied collection of objects.
The Sedgewick Museum of Earth Sciences
This is the university’s museum of geology. If you love rocks, you’ll love this place – it has over one million of them! Included in this are rocks collected by Charles Darwin himself, and a fossil hippopotamus. As if that wasn’t enough, there are also dinosaurs from the Jurassic and Triassic periods as well.
The Fitzwilliam Museum
There is something for everyone here, with artefacts from all over the world. One moment you’ll be looking at a modern Henry Moore sculpture, the next moment you’ll see a Chinese plate from 206BC. This museum is a particular favourite amongst our students because of its variety, complementing a range of our summer courses.
The Whipple Museum of the History of Science
This museum is filled with fascinating scientific items from the medieval period to the present. Charting the history of scientific exploration and knowledge, here you will find instruments of astronomy and navigation, sundials and globes, microscopes and models.
Excursions to museums are one fun way to enrich your learning whilst here, and this is just a handful of the many that Cambridge has to offer. If you are ready for a fun and inspirational summer, then look no further – apply here.