Digital Lab Blog

This blog aims to highlight artefacts, stories, histories, and relationships from the collections at MAA. Each post begins with an object or a collection at MAA and explores wider themes including substances of wellbeing and intoxication, process of making, mending, and conservation, digitisation and more!

Explore the most recent blog posts below or use the dropdown menu to filter posts by category. For more stories on collections from across the MAA and the wider University Cambridge Museums consortium, head to the University of Cambridge Museums blog.

Q&A with the Education and Outreach Team at MAA

Rebecca Rees speaks with one of MAA's Education and Outreach Assistants to explore the nature of outreach work at MAA, and its significance for the museum as well as its communities.

Rebecca Rees

9 April 2024

The Allure and Appeal of an Anglo-Saxon Cross from Trumpington

The Trumpington Cross has been endlessly reproduced on MAA's shop products including postcards, tote bags, fridge magnets, keyrings and even a ruler. But what makes it so appealing?

Gerard Davis

2 April 2024

A piece of wonder, or what four fragments of the Taj Mahal can tell us about monuments in India 

What is a piece of the Taj Mahal doing in a case with a Sumerian tablet, an Ostrich shell necklace, and an amulet from ancient Egypt? What can it tell us about monuments and conservation practices in India?

Sarthak Malhotra

26 March 2024

La historia de los juegos en México, el arte y los diseños artísticos en realidad aumentada para Cambridge Encuentros Creativos

Un juego de mesa mexicano del siglo XIX en el MAA cobra vida a través del arte y las tecnologías digitales. ¡Ven a jugar en el West Hub en Cambridge, del 14 al 28 de marzo de 2024!

Joshua, Julian y Adrián

21 March 2024

Mexico’s History of Gaming, Art, and AR-tful Designs for Cambridge Creative Encounters

A nineteenth-century Mexican boardgame at MAA is brought to life through art and digital technologies. Have a play at the West Hub in Cambridge, from 14th–28th March 2024!

Joshua, Julian, and Adrián

21 March 2024

Objects as Windows into Colonial Relationships: The Bonney Collection and Pastoral Australia

Nineteenth-century pastoral properties were sites for rich and diverse social interactions where objects played a key role in station life and its cross-cultural and inter-colonial dimensions.

Eleanor Foster

19 March 2024

The Qianlong Emperor and a Yellow Teacup

In the Tibet case in the ground floor gallery of MAA is a small yellow teacup, more Chinese than it is Tibetan. At one point in time, and in a certain place, it could have been very dangerous to drink from.

John Donegan-Cross

12 March 2024

Beneath Our Feet: Medieval Cambridge

As workmen dug in 1908 to build new lecture rooms for the University, the remains of buildings became exposed, revealing the existence of a thriving monastical community in medieval England.

Eleanor Wilkinson

5 March 2024

Continuity and Change in the Durbar Square at Bhaktapur, Nepal

MAA cares for a few photographs of Bhaktapur's famous Durbar Square. Devi Chakrabarti juxtaposes these with some recent ones, exploring patterns of continuity and change in a vulnerable city.

Devi Chakrabarti

27 February 2024

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