An opportunity like no other for students in Year 12 (England and Wales), S5 (Scotland) and Year 13 (Northern Ireland). 

Immerse yourself in life as a Cambridge student and co-curate a real exhibition at two University of Cambridge Museums. 

Applications for the 2024 programme are now closed.

Cambridge Future Museum Voices
Cambridge Future Museum Voices

What is Cambridge Future Museum Voices?

Cambridge Future Museum Voices is an innovative outreach initiative from Clare College, Cambridge, the Museum of Zoology, and the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology for high-achieving students in Year 12 (England/Wales), S5 (Scotland) and Year 13 (Northern Ireland).

Thirty students will take part in a residential in Cambridge in April 2024, during which they will co-curate an interdisciplinary exhibition at the two Museums exploring the connections between people and the natural world across time, animal species, and human societies. Its theme, title, content, and design will be chosen by the participants.

In 2023, nineteen students took part in the inaugural year of the programme and co-curated the exhibition Tangled Planet at the Museum of Zoology. Read more about Tangled Planet here.

Part 1: Warm-Up Webinars, February to March 2024

The programme begins with three online sessions introducing the University of Cambridge, the latest research on innovative approaches to climate and environmental change, and the network of museums and resources a Cambridge student can access.

Part 2: Residential in Cambridge, 9th to 13th April 2024

The cornerstone of the programme is a week-long residential at Clare College, Cambridge.

In the daytime, students take part in tours, workshops and talks at the Museum of Zoology, the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and other sites around the University before coming together to co-curate their exhibition. 

Students stay in Clare College undergraduate accommodation and enjoy meals and social activities in College, including a ‘formal hall’ dinner. 

Part 3: Exhibition Launches, Autumn 2024

The programme concludes with a VIP launch event of the new exhibition at the two Museums for students and their guests before the exhibition opens to the public. You can read more about last year's exhibition, Tangled Planet, here.

Cambridge Future Museum Voices in Numbers

30

Fully-funded places

4

Nights in Cambridge

3

Webinars on university admissions and conservation research

1

Exhibition co-curated by you

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does the programme cost?

The programme is completely free to participate in. Accommodation, activities and meals for the residential are fully covered. We reimburse reasonable travel expenses to and from Cambridge for the residential in April and the exhibition launch event in the autumn.

Participants whose journey to Cambridge will take 3 hours or longer are offered an additional night of accommodation in Clare College on the 8th April free of charge.

Cambridge Future Museum Voices has been launched with generous funding from the Isaac Newton Trust Widening Participation and Induction Fund. We express our thanks to the Isaac Newton Trust for their support of this initiative.

Who can take part in this programme?

Cambridge Future Museum Voices is open to all young people who meet the following criteria:

  • You attend a state (non-fee-paying) school or college in the UK
  • You are in Year 12 (England/Wales), S5 (Scotland) or Year 13 (Northern Ireland)
  • You achieved at least 5 grades 8/9/A* at GCSE (or equivalent, including a majority of A grades in National 5s)
  • You are on track to achieve at least A*AA at A Level (or equivalent, including AAA in Scottish Highers/Advanced Highers, or 42 points with 776 at HL in the IB)

We welcome students taking all subject combinations at A Level/Advanced Highers/IB across the Arts, Humanities and Sciences.

Applications to the 2024 programme have now closed.

What do participants say?

Cambridge Future Museum Voices
"I enjoyed speaking to so many people who are so knowledgeable and passionate about their fields, seeing parts of museums that normally aren’t accessible, and the experience of the college and city."

"It was so much fun!"
2023 Participants
I just wanted to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. This outreach programme is life changing, and completely changed my perspective on university.

Photo Gallery of the April 2023 Residential