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Touch tour

Touch Tours for Blind and Partially Sighted Adults

Join the Polar Museum team for a touch tour and explore a range of objects from polar history. The tour will also include some of the objects and sculptures outside on the museum lawn.

Uncomfortable Cambridge Tours

Sat 28 May - Sat 31 December

Kings College

This introductory tour of Cambridge covers a range of ‘uncomfortable’ histories, from the tensions between town and gown, to the legacies of empire, the effects of racial inequality, the gender dynamics and discriminations that shaped the city and the university.

These walking tours are talking tours: the guides will lead participants around the city and ask questions to spark respectful conversations inspired by the built environment.

What should we do with controversial statues?
How should nations teach their histories?
Who has access to university education?

The tour starts at the most iconic Camrbdige view, outside King’s College Chapel, to introduce participants to the violent context of the creation of the University. It then continues to the Great St Mary’s Church to talk about the historical destruction of archives, and how the violent confrontation in the past between townspeople and a privileged population of students has obscured what we know about the origins of the University. Participants will continue down Cambridge’s small cobblestone streets to the back of the Old Schools and discuss the increasingly global sources of wealth and power going back to the University, through the involvement of major donors in the slave trade. Local conflicts also benefited the town, as during the English Civil War with Cambridge as the seat of the Parliamentarian Cromwellian armies - looking back from “the Backs’, the group will start a conversation on the divided memory about Cromwell’s rule, in England but also in other parts of the world. The tour will then continue further away to the city centre to address the gendered geography of the city and the place of women in an historically masculine academic environment. Over the last few stops, the group will also discuss the question of diversifying the student body and the importance of representation, the complex question of reparations in the aftermath of empire, and the ways in which histories of sexuality have evolved, from persecution to belated celebration.

Cost: £15

Enquiries and booking

Please note that booking is required for this event.

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Timing

In person

2:30pm-4:30pm Saturday-Sunday every week from Friday 27 May until Saturday 31 December

All times

Sat 28 May 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Sun 29 May 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Sat 4 June 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Sun 5 June 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Sat 11 June 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Sun 12 June 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Sat 18 June 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Sun 19 June 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Sat 25 June 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Sun 26 June 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Sat 2 July 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Sun 3 July 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Sat 9 July 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Sun 10 July 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Sat 16 July 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Sun 17 July 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Sat 23 July 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Sun 24 July 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Sat 30 July 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Sun 31 July 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Sat 6 August 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Sun 7 August 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Sat 13 August 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Sun 14 August 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Sat 20 August 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Sun 21 August 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Sat 27 August 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Sun 28 August 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Sat 3 September 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Sun 4 September 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Sat 10 September 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Sun 11 September 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Sat 17 September 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Sun 18 September 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Sat 24 September 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Sun 25 September 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Sat 1 October 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Sun 2 October 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Sat 8 October 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Sun 9 October 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Sat 15 October 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Sun 16 October 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Sat 22 October 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Sun 23 October 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Sat 29 October 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Sun 30 October 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Sat 5 November 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Sun 6 November 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Sat 12 November 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Sun 13 November 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Sat 19 November 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Sun 20 November 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Sat 26 November 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Sun 27 November 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Sat 3 December 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Sun 4 December 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Sat 10 December 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Sun 11 December 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Sat 17 December 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Sun 18 December 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Sat 24 December 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Sun 25 December 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Sat 31 December 2:30PM - 4:30PM

Venue

Address: Kings College
King's College,
King's Parade
Cambridge
Cambridgeshire
CB2 1ST