Chance to add your voice at the ocean song workshops at Ely Museum

Fin whale skeleton at Cambridge Zoology Museum

Fin whale skeleton at Cambridge Zoology Museum - Credit: Archant

Ely Museum is offering a chance for people to become part of permanent exhibit at Cambridge’s prestigious Zoology Museum.

On Thursday August 27 the two museums will be collaborating to run ocean song workshops at Ely and are inviting residents to join in the fun.

Voice teacher and community choir-leader Rowena Whitehead will be running the two workshops at the city’s museum from 3pm to 4.30pm and then 7pm to 8.30pm.

This is a fantastic opportunity to add your voice the permanent soundscape installation being created for the new Zoology Museum when it reopens late next year with the help of award-winning Attenborough sound artist Chris Watson (Frozen Planet and Life).

The workshops will allow people to discover how marine animals produce and perceive sounds, and explore their own voices and sounds can make.

Recordings collected from the workshop will be combined with natural sounds from local waterways in Cambridgeshire to create a unique soundtrack that will accompany the famous Finback whale skeleton at the Cambridge museum.

Dr Rosalyn Wade, interpretation and learning officer at the Zoology Museum, who conceived the project, said: “The Finback whale skeleton is such an iconic and inspiring specimen, it is wonderful to be able to create an atmosphere fit for such a creature, and to give a new experience to visitors to the museum. I’d like to encourage as many people as possible to take part and add their voice of the sea.”

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The workshops are suitable for people aged eight and over, places are limited so booking is recommended at

Cambridge Zoology Museum is internationally renowed for its extraordinarily rich and important holdings, coupled with its excellence in research and teaching.

The museum is housed in the David Attenborough Building and is currently undergoing major renovation in order to fully realise the potential of its priceless collections and enable more visitors. It will reopen in late 2016 to coincide with its 150th anniversary.