Launched in 2022, the Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology’s Digital Laboratory highlights the museum’s collections through a range of key research strands. Here you’ll hear from staff, students, internal and external researchers and more about their work, research, experiences, and discoveries; and most of all, the stories and objects that connect all of us.

To explore the Museum’s other digital content, visit the MAA Website, or search our collections database at, where we are constantly adding new images and information about the collections we care for.

Recent Blogs

Explore all the blog posts, or read our post introducing the MAA Digital Lab

More than Music

4 minute read By Mark Elliott There is music in the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Well, there is and there isn’t. Museums have traditionally acquired, exhibited and interpreted artefacts: tangible things. Intangible aspects of human cultural life and wellbeing such as music don’t generally get collected except in their material manifestations as musical instruments.…

Virtual Exhibitions

Zoomed in image of a brightly coloured yellow and red feathered headdress, with blue feathers peeking through from the bottom. It is against a black background.

Colour is all around us. It reflects and influences our understanding of the world, our emotions, creativity and relations with others. This exhibition invites you to explore different ways that colours are perceived, experienced and given meaning.

This virtual exhibition is a condensed version of that on display at MAA from July 2022 – April 2023, showcasing remarkable and diverse collections from across the University of Cambridge museums, libraries and colleges.