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WHAT’S ON September – December 2017


Welcome to the Fitzwilliam Museum

The Fitzwilliam Museum was founded by a bequest of Richard, Viscount Fitzwilliam of Merrion, in 1816, and now houses over half a million artefacts and art from around the world. See everything from Egyptian coffins to Impressionist masterpieces; illuminated manuscripts to Renaissance sculpture; rare coins to Asian arts. Admission to the Museum’s collections and exhibitions is free for everyone to enjoy. This year’s Business Partners are: TTP Group plc, ACE Cultural Tours, Brewin Dolphin and Sotheby’s. Their support goes towards an inspiring and thought-provoking programme including creative learning events for visitors of all ages, inclusion projects to ensure the widest range of people can enjoy the collections, and our major exhibitions.

A message from the Director This autumn sees the opening of two eagerly anticipated exhibitions Degas: a passion for perfection and Codebreakers and Groundbreakers. We start the season by marking the centenary of Degas’ death with a show on the artist. The exhibition, which opens 3 October, showcases works from our collection – the most extensive and representative in the UK - alongside some outstanding loans from private and public collections, including Denver Art Museum’s beautiful Dance Examination. Will this exhibition rival Vermeer’s Women – our most visited exhibition to date? Three weeks later Codebreakers then opens its doors to the public on 24 October. This innovative,

interdisciplinary exhibition tells the stories of codebreakers such as Alan Turing and Michael Ventris, and unravels the history of language decipherment and codebreaking through many objects that haven’t before been on public display, again looking set to be a popular show.

Tim Knox Director and Marlay Curator


Group Visits All groups must book at least 10 days in advance. Groups of children aged 16 and under must be supervised by an adult at all times.

General Enquiries Tel: 01223 332900 Email: fitzmuseum-enquiries@lists.

Concessions Concessionary prices are available to Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum, 65+, students and those in receipt of benefit.

Exhibitions 4 Last Chance to See

3 British Art 8 Spanish & Flemish Gallery 10 Octagon Gallery 11 20th Century Gallery 12 Adeane Gallery 13 Mellon Gallery 14 Shiba Gallery 16 Charrington Print Room 22 Greece & Rome


Tours 11 Special Events 12 Families 15 Children’s Workshops


Young People 19 Displays 21 Talks

Location Key



Adults 26 Music 28 University of Cambridge Museums & Botanic Garden 29 Visitor Information


Support the Fitzwilliam


33 Arts of the Near East 34 Fan Gallery 35 Seminar Room 36 Studio


A floor plan showing all locations is available from both entrances and on our website.

@FitzMuseum_UK The Fitzwilliam Museum

Cover: Edgar Degas (1834-1917), Dance Examination,1880, Pastel on paper Š Denver Art Museum




Edgar Degas (1834-1917), At the Café, c. 1875 – 7 (detail)


3 October 2017 – 14 January 2018 11, 12 & 13  After a career spanning over half a century, Degas died in September 1917, in his eightythird year. This exhibition marks the centenary of the artist’s death with a celebration of his lifetime’s achievement. A remarkable range of work – paintings, pastels, drawings, watercolours, prints of different types, counterproofs and sculptures in bronze and wax reveal Degas’s fascination with technical experimentation and constant drive to expand his means of expression. Arranged thematically, the exhibition highlights many of the subjects most prominent in Degas’s work – nudes, café scenes and the dance – as well as his individual approach to landscape painting. Degas’s lifelong passion for learning from others is revealed in a series of copies he made after works by Italian Renaissance artists and near-contemporaries such as J.-A.-D. Ingres and Eugène Delacroix. Counterbalancing this, a final section examines Degas’s artistic legacy in the 20th and 21st centuries, notably in the work of Walter Sickert, Pablo Picasso, Henry Moore, Lucian Freud, Frank Auerbach, R.B. Kitaj, Ryan Gander and Francis Bacon. The exhibition draws substantially on the collections of the Fitzwilliam Museum, the most extensive and representative in the UK. These will be complemented by an outstanding group of around sixty loans from private and public collections throughout Europe and the United States, several of which will be on public display for the first time, and by a group of paintings and drawings once belonging to the economist John Maynard Keynes. For exhibition events look out for the


Organised by the Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge, in association with Denver Art Museum. Major support for the exhibition has been provided by

The Monument Trust • The Estate of Paul Mellon




Honoré-Victorin Daumier (1808-1879), I’m not going down there anymore!, from the series The Bathers, 1839 (detail)

Degas, Caricature and Modernity: Daumier, Gavarni, Keene 12 September 2017 – 4 January 2018 14 Edgas Degas (1834-1917) possessed what his friend Walter Sickert (1860-1942) described as ‘a rollicking and somewhat bear-like sense of fun’. This exhibition looks at three caricaturists and satirists whose work Degas admired and collected in large numbers: Honoré Daumier (180879), Paul Gavarni (1804-66) and Charles Keene (1823-91). Their everyday subjects captured a vivid impression of the 19th century, referred to by Charles Baudelaire as ‘the epic and heroic quality of modern life’, which tallied with Degas and his contemporaries in their interest in modernity.


Marcellin Desboutin (1823-1902), Edgar Degas, 1878 (detail)

Degas’s Drinker: portraits by Marcellin Desboutin 19 September 2017 – 25 February 2018 16 Edgar Degas’s famous painting In a Café (L’Absinthe, 1875-6), features a dissolute bearded man whom Degas modeled on his characterful friend and fellow artist Marcellin Desboutin (1832-1902). Both men shared a passion for printmaking and this exhibition explores the Museum’s rare collection of Desboutin’s sensitively executed prints in drypoint. Depicting friends and associates, many of whom frequented the Parisian cafés and salons, Desboutin’s portraits – some drawn from life, others from photographs – capture the likenesses of influential artists, writers, critics, musicians and socialites as well as children, his own family and the bohemian figure of the artist himself.




24 October 2017 – 4 February 2018 10 A pioneering and interdisciplinary exhibition, Codebreakers and Groundbreakers will bring together, for the first time, the remarkable intellectual achievements and parallel narratives of two groups of ‘codebreakers’ working at the same time, but independently: those involved in breaking the Second World War codes and those who deciphered the ancient script of Linear B – Europe’s earliest comprehensible writing system. In a display including an Enigma machine, a rare loan from GCHQ, and unique archival documents held at the University of Cambridge, the exhibition will explore and celebrate the genius of Second World War codebreakers such as Alan Turing and Bill Tutte; as well as Michael Ventris and John Chadwick (himself a Bletchley codebreaker) who deciphered Linear B. It will also encourage visitors to explore ‘codebreaking’ in all its forms. For exhibition events look out for the

Faculty of Classics


The Marlay Group

Enigma machine courtesy of Simon Singh / Linear B tablet (detail) © The Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford



Band sampler with pictorial panels, 1785, inscribed ‘Sophia Ellis’ (detail)


Sampled Lives: samplers from The Fitzwilliam Museum Until Sunday 8 April 2018 (Stepped access only. Unfortunately not for wheelchair users*) 34  Showcasing over 100 samplers from the Museum’s excellent but often unseen collection, this display highlights the importance of samplers as documentary evidence of past lives. These beautifully embroidered and stitched samplers illuminate the lives of girls and women, from mid-17th century English Quakers to early 20th century school pupils, encompassing their education, employment, religion, family, societal status and needlework skills. The display also highlights the individuality of each sampler, which in some cases is the only surviving document to record the existence of an ordinary young woman. This display is accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue by Carol Humphrey, Honorary Keeper of Textiles, available to purchase from the Courtyard Shop. * Visit to discover themes and highlights of the exhibition.

Last Chance to See


Elephants, Deities and Ashoka’s Pillar: coins of India from antiquity to the present Until 1 October 10 As part of the commemoration in 2017 of the 70th anniversary of Indian independence marked by the UK-India Year of Culture - this exhibition, drawn from the Fitzwilliam’s worldclass numismatic collection explores the history of India through coins produced from the 4th century BC until recent times. Cultural, religious, economic and political developments are richly illustrated by the coins on show. They focus on representative periods of India’s history, ending with a display of banknotes and coins produced since India became independent in 1947.

Southern Deccan, Gold Gajapati Pagoda (detail), c.1080-1135



Guided tours Saturdays • 14.30 • £6 Enjoy a one-hour introductory tour of the Museum with a Cambridge Badge Guide. Meet at the Courtyard Entrance at least 10 minutes in advance of the tour. Guided tours for private groups are also available through the Cambridge Visitor Information Centre, tel: 01223 791501 or email: For a self-guided tour of the Fitzwilliam Museum’s collection pick up a digital eGuide, available from both Museum entrances at a cost of £4 (£3 concessions), free to Friends.

Tours for blind and partially-sighted adults Enjoy an afternoon of touch-tours and audio-descriptive sessions with a tea and coffee break provided. Guide dogs and companions are welcome to all sessions. BOOKING ESSENTIAL. To register your interest tel: 01223 332904 or email:

Codebreakers and Groundbreakers Tuesday 14 November OR Tuesday 21 November (repeat) 14.15 – 16.00 FREE Meet at the Courtyard Entrance Join the Antiquities curators and educators of the Fitzwilliam Museum, on a special handling session and tour of the Codebreakers and Groundbreakers exhibition. You will discover Bronze Age documents written in Linear B as well as the history of cryptography from ancient times to the modern day.

Degas and Rodin

Small group visits

Tuesday 10 October OR Tuesday 31 October (repeat) 14.15 – 16.00 FREE

With advance notice we can organise tailored tours, talks and handling sessions for small groups of blind and partially sighted people across a range of University of Cambridge Museums. Contact us to find out more.

Meet at the Courtyard Entrance A unique opportunity to handle some beautiful bronze sculptures of horses, dancers, and other figures by famous French Impressionist artists Degas and Rodin, and to learn how and why they were made, with Dr Victoria Avery, Keeper of Applied Arts.

Self-guided audiodescriptive tours Available free of charge on audio handsets for a tour of selected exhibits from the permanent collection.

Special Events

X-ray image of Arabesque over the right leg, left arm in front, c.1882-1895 by Edgar Degas (1834-1917)

A passport photograph of Alan Turing of unknown date. (Reproduced by kind permission of King’s College Library, Cambridge. Formerly assembled by the Alan Turing Trust)


Secrets or Lies? Investigating the ‘true’ nature of museum objects

The "terrible reality" of Degas's Little Dancer Aged Fourteen

Saturday 21 October 14.00 – 16.00 Suitable for adults and young people aged 14+ FREE • BOOKING ESSENTIAL Tel: 01223 332904 or email:

Tuesday 24 October 14.00 – 14.45 Suitable for adults and young people aged 14 + FREE • BOOKING ESSENTIAL Tel: 01223 332904 or email:

35 Join us for a talk about how conservators investigate the ‘true’ nature of artworks, followed by a choice of behind the scenes visits. From Renaissance manuscripts to Degas ballerinas, come find out how these objects were made and adapted over time. Meet the masterpieces and a few interlopers... No secrets will be left uncovered!

11 Gallery talk about Degas: a passion for perfection with exhibition curator Jane Munro.

Special Events


Alan Turing and the Enigma machine A presentation by James Grime Saturday 11 November 14.30 – 15.30 Suitable for adults and young people aged 16+ £7 (£5 concessions and Friends) BOOKING ESSENTIAL Visit: or tel: 01223 35785 West Road Concert Hall 11 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DP

Can we build a machine that can solve any problem? How can we break a code others believe to be unbreakable? Why do leopards have spots and zebras have stripes? These very different questions in science were all answered by Alan Turing - one of our great 20th century mathematicians, the father of computer science, and most famous as a Second World War codebreaker. We explore Turing’s childhood fascination with maths and science and how it lead to these discoveries, and the breaking of the infamous Enigma cipher. Including a demonstration of an original Second World War Enigma machine!

Enigma machine courtesy of Simon Singh

Dr James Grime is a mathematician and public speaker. He can be found touring the UK, and the world, giving talks about the history and mathematics of codes and codebreaking, or through his many maths videos on YouTube.

Special Events


Late at the Fitzwilliam Wednesday 15 November Open until 21.00 Enter by Courtyard Entrance FREE Special after hours opening of the Museum. To celebrate our Degas exhibition Richard Thomson, Watson Gordon Professor of Fine Art at the University of Edinburgh, will be giving a lecture entitled Degas: a Classicism of Movement in Gallery 3 at 19.00. Tickets for this talk cost £7 and are available through or tel: 01223 357851.

Richard Thomsom

Also, drop-in and view the permanent collections and see our temporary exhibitions and displays including: Image © Martin Bond

Degas: a passion for perfection and the two accompanying exhibitions (p.5-7)

Codebreakers and Groundbreakers (p.8) Terra Firma (p.21) Sampled Lives: samplers from the Fitzwilliam Museum (p.9)

The Shop will be open for late-night Christmas shopping until 20.45 and the Café will be serving main courses, wine, Prosecco and beers until 20.30 (orders for hot food close at 20.00).

Free Family Resources In partnership with Brookes Cambridge

Pick up a range of free activities to explore and learn together as a family. Available anytime, at both entrances.

Gallery Trails 5 – 12 yrs Choose from a selection of themed gallery trails, including Colour and Picture Adventure.

Fitz Kits 5 – 12 yrs Discover our range of Fitz Kits with games and puzzles to take you on a journey around the Museum.

Story Starters 2 – 6 yrs Pick up a satchel containing a picture book and activities to help you explore the galleries.

Baby Play Mat Image © Martin Bond

0 – 2 yrs Collect a play mat full of sensory resources to help you and your baby enjoy themes and objects in the collection.

Ages are a guide only. You are welcome to choose resources to suit your family. Contact us at to talk about what we can offer.




Family First Saturdays 14.00  – 16.00 FREE • Drop-in On the first Saturday of each month join us for activities and art-making, focussing on one of the themes below…

Terrific textiles


2 September

4 November

Discovering Degas

It’s cold outside

Image © Martin Bond

7 October

2 December

Plus Family tours Tours last 30 minutes and leave at 14.00 and 15.00. Recommended for children aged 5+. Number restrictions apply.

Family Film Screening: The Jungle Book (1967)

Family Film Festival at the Arts Picturehouse

Friday 8 September 19.30 – 21.00 All ages FREE BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Monday 23 October 10.00 – 12.00 All ages FREE BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Enjoy an evening with the whole family on the lawn of the Fitzwilliam Museum watching Disney’s classic version of The Jungle Book on the big screen. In partnership with trinketcinema Star and Mouse Picture Show.

To celebrate the beauty and movement of our special exhibition, Degas: a passion for perfection, we have teamed up with the Family Film Festival to show the iconic short film Red Balloon. The film will be followed by art activities.

Tickets available from Eventbrite - search the event title to book

To find out more and book a place, please visit:

Detail of tiger from Durga enthroned in a landscape, c.1760-1770

Children’s Workshops

Join in a range of creative workshops for children and families. Access to a world-class collection of art provides inspiration for art-making in the studio 36 Ages vary by workshop. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult throughout the duration of the workshop. For all events meet in the Courtyard Entrance. BOOKING ESSENTIAL unless otherwise stated. To register your interest tel: 01223 332904 or email:, unless otherwise stated. Places will be confirmed on receipt of payment.

Baby magic Tuesday 12 September & Wednesday 22 November 10.00 – 11.00 0 – 2 yrs £3 per child This gently structured session allows babies to discover aspects of our collection through sensory exploration of colour, shape, texture, sound, and movement. We will enjoy the galleries together and then get creative in the studio.

It’s magic Wednesday 13 September & Tuesday 22 November 10.00  – 11.30 2 – 5 yrs £3 per child Looking at art together can be magical! Listen to stories exploring work in the galleries and make art of your own in the studio to take home.

A stitch in time

True colours

Saturday 16 September 10.30 – 12.30 5 – 7 yrs 13.30 – 15.30 8 – 12 yrs £8 per child

Wednesday 18 October 10.00 –11.00 & 13.30 – 14.30 3 – 5 yrs FREE

Join textile artists from Withy Arts for this creative workshop inspired by our Sampled Lives exhibition.

This session uses the 'Philosophy for Children' approach to help 3-5 year olds discuss questions about colour. Through playful art-based activities and carefully-chosen picture books, we will ask: does everything have a colour? Is seeing the only way to experience a colour? Do colours look and feel the same to everyone?


Children’s Workshops


Join in a range of creative workshops for children and families. Access to a world-class collection of art provides inspiration for art-making in the studio 36 Ages vary by workshop. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult throughout the duration of the workshop. For all events meet in the Courtyard Entrance. BOOKING ESSENTIAL unless otherwise stated. To register your interest tel: 01223 332904 or email:, unless otherwise stated. Places will be confirmed on receipt of payment.

Script Detectives: decoding ancient writing

Codes in clay

Thursday 26 October 13.00 – 14.00 7 – 11 yrs FREE

Saturday 28 October 10.30 – 12.30 8 –12 yrs £8 per child

Museum of Classical Archaeology

Visit the Codebreakers and Groundbreakers exhibition and then create your own message in clay, led by Dr Anna Judson and members of the CREWS project.

Ancient writings are effectively codes that we have been trying to 'break' for hundreds of years. Dr Pippa Steele, director of the CREWS Project (Contexts of and Relations between Early Writing Systems), explains how we decipher ancient inscriptions and shows you how to write your own secret messages in ancient scripts. Tickets available from Eventbrite - search the event title to book

Life drawing Saturday 16 December 10.30 – 12.30 5 – 7 yrs £8 per child See our special exhibition Degas: a passion for perfection, then draw a real dancer in the studio with artist Lauren Clemmet.

Linear B tablet © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

Young People ReSource

A special programme for teenagers 11.00 – 13.00 13 – 18 yrs £5 36 Enjoy art and want to develop your own ideas and art skills? Join us in the friendly environment of the Museum art studio and get creative with our guest artists. Each month we offer an art workshop on a different theme designed to expand your painting and drawing skills.

Edgar Degas (1834-1917), Young Female Dancer Adjusting her Tights, c. 1880 (detail)

Featured faces

Cryptic messages

Saturday 23 September

Saturday 18 November

Develop your portrait skills with guest artist Lucy Mazur. Start by sketching in the exhibition of prints by Marcellin Desboutin, then make your own dry point etching in the studio.

Symbols and secrets have long been used by artists. Find out more in our Codebreakers and Groundbreakers exhibition, and join guest artist Susie Olczak to make your own coded artworks in mixed media.

Degas’s figures in motion Saturday 14 October Want to learn life drawing? Join guest artist Caroline Wendling to study the poise and grace of the human form in Degas’s work. Create your own sketches in the gallery and return to the studio to develop your art using oil pastels.

Snow on snow Saturday 9 December Find out how Japanese art influenced the French Impressionists. Join guest artist Hideki Arichi to explore winter landscapes in Gallery 5, then experiment with monoprinting in the studio.

BOOKING ESSENTIAL for all events, unless otherwise stated. To register your interest tel: 01223 332904 or email: Places will be confirmed on receipt of payment.


Young People


BOOKING ESSENTIAL for all events, unless otherwise stated. To register your interest tel: 01223 332904 or email: Places will be confirmed on receipt of payment.

MAKE! 14.00 – 16.00 • 11 – 13 yrs • £5 36 For younger teens at secondary school who would like to discover more about art and have fun making their own art in the studio with a different guest artist each month.

Faces and places

Secret agents

Saturday 23 September

Saturday 18 November

Get some great tips on how to draw faces with guest artist Lucy Mazur. Start by sketching in the exhibition of prints by Marcellin Desboutin, then make your own self portrait in the studio.

Codes and symbols have long been used by artists. Find out more in an undercover visit to the Codebreakers exhibition! Make your own secret code and hide it in your artwork. With guest artist Susie Olczak.

Degas’s dance, dance, dance! Saturday 14 October How do you draw people dancing? Join guest artist Caroline Wendling to look at the Degas exhibition for inspiration. Create your own sketches in the gallery, then develop these in the studio using a range of art materials similar to those used by Degas.

Prints in the snow Saturday 9 December How do you print white on white? Experiment with mono-printing with guest artist Hideki Arichi exploring colours and whites inspired by the winter landscapes of the Impressionists in Gallery 5.

NEW Young people’s gallery art guide FREE Available at both entrances Choose from one of four self-led tours of selected art works in Galleries 7, 8, 17 and 27. Bring your own sketchbook or use our paper and clipboards.

Camille Pissarro (1830-1903), La Maison de la Piette, Montfoucault, effet de neige (detail)

In partnership with Brookes Cambridge



Terra Firma 24 October 2017 –  4 February 2018 8 Artist Pallavi Paul’s installation considers the mechanics and practices of truth production. The central motif of the ‘secret’ invites visitors to engage with ideas of espionage, secrecy and the world of information by viewing, reading and walking on this artwork. This textual landscape, composed visually to look like code, responds to the Codebreakers and Groundbreakers exhibition.

Currencies of Conflict: siege and emergency money from antiquity to WWII 31 October 2017 – 23 February 2018 33

The Unknown Soldier, bronze medal by Paul-Marcel Dammann

Sieges have been a common feature of warfare for most of recorded history, with emergency money in the form of coins or paper being made for the use of the defending garrison or local people. This display throws new light on the story of these emergency currencies from the ancient Greek world to the Second World War.

Peace and War 1900 – 1940 Until 29 October 33 Between 1900 and 1940 France was at the heart of artistic innovation in Europe, and it gave the world the Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles. France was also locked into a struggle for supremacy with Germany, in two World Wars. Medals from France and Germany powerfully illustrate this conflict, and the arts of peace.

Silver shilling struck during the siege of Pontefract in 1648

Image © Sahej Rahal

Terra Firma is co-commissioned by University of Cambridge Museums and Wysing Arts Centre with support from Diversity Art Forum.



Hugo Dalton: the revival lightdrawings From mid – November The artist Hugo Dalton will be projecting his dramatic lightdrawings onto sculptures in the Greece and Rome Gallery. His works will interact with the architecture of the surrounding gallery to create a series of immersive installations. Dalton’s work has previously been shown at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Today Art Museum (Beijing) and he has created a stage set at Sadler’s Wells Theatre.

The Frua-Valsecchi collection

Vase, favrile glass, Louis Comfort Tiffany

Over the past fifty years, Francesca and Massimo Valsecchi have built up a remarkable collection of paintings, furniture, sculpture, glass and ceramics. These artworks have been generously offered to the Fitzwilliam Museum on long-term loan, with over 130 pieces introduced throughout the galleries. The objects are displayed throughout the Museum to create intriguing and witty juxtapositions and ‘conversations’, just as the works were seen in the Valsecchi’s private home. They can be identified in the galleries by their specially designed labels.

Henry Moore’s Hill Arches (1973) Until November Front Lawn Your last chance to see a monumental bronze sculpture by Henry Moore, Hill Arches, on loan to the Fitzwilliam Museum from the Henry Moore Foundation in Hertfordshire. Here Moore has created a landscape in its own right – perhaps, as the title suggests, an echo of the rolling hills of his native Yorkshire. This enormous, four-piece sculpture is sited in front of the Museum, visible to all visitors and those walking down Trumpington Street.

Image © Tom Mannion




Enjoy a variety of free lunchtime talks by members of staff and guest speakers. Talks take place from 13.15 – 14.00 in the Seminar Room 35 unless otherwise stated. Admission is by token, one per person, available at the Courtyard Entrance desk on a first-come first-served basis from 12.45 on the day of the talk. Induction loop available.

Curator’s introduction to Degas: a passion for perfection Wednesday 4 October (with repeat talk at 15.00) Meet in Gallery 12 Jane Munro, Keeper of Paintings Drawings and Prints, and Exhibition Curator

Keynes and collecting Degas in Britain and Cambridge Wednesday 11 October Meet in Gallery 12

“This Noble Repository”: a Fitzwilliam Museum for its third century?

Professor Jean Michel Massing, Emeritus Professor of Art History

6 September Tim Knox, Director and Marlay Curator

Seeing samplers as stitched documents Wednesday 20 September

Degas's sculptures: how truthful are they to his artistic intentions? Wednesday 18 October Dr Victoria Avery, Keeper of Applied Arts

Carol Humphrey, Honorary Keeper of Textiles

The Making of Sense: creating ground-breaking public art commissions Wednesday 27 September Artists Vong Phaophanit and Claire Oboussier creators of In Other Words, situated in Cambridge Assessment’s new Triangle headquarters

Edgar Degas (1834-1917), Dancers in the Wings, c.1900 – 5 (detail)



Enjoy a variety of free lunchtime talks by members of staff and guest speakers.

St Matthew writing, Gospels, late 11th century, (detail)

Talks take place from 13.15 – 14.00 in the Seminar Room 35 unless otherwise stated. Admission is by token, one per person, available at the Courtyard Entrance desk on a first-come first-served basis from 12.45 on the day of the talk. Induction loop available.

Truth and artists’ intention Friday 20 October Dr Spike Bucklow, Senior Research Scientist, Hamilton Kerr Institute

Spike Bucklow’s research interests fall into two broad categories – visual perception and artists’ techniques. His books include The Alchemy of Paint and The Riddle of the Image.

Curators’ introduction to Codebreakers and Groundbreakers Wednesday 25 October (with repeat talk at 15.00) Dr Anastasia Christofilopoulou (Fitzwilliam Museum), Dr Yannis Galanakis (Faculty of Classics) & Dr James Grime (Mathematician and Public Speaker)

Terra Firma: a conversation with Pallavi Paul Friday 27 October Artist Pallavi Paul, in conversation about her new work Terra Firma on display in the Museum. The work is an artistic response to ideas of truth, secrecy and espionage. Find out more about the stories and motivations behind this exciting project.

Reading Between the Lines: the worlds of linear B Thursday 2 November Professor John Bennet, a contributor to the Codebreakers exhibition catalogue


Wednesday 8 November Jane Munro, Keeper of Paintings Drawings and Prints; Jo Dillon, Conservator of Objects, Applied Arts; Jane Ison, Senior Technician, and Richard Carpenter, Technician, Paintings Drawings and Prints

Currencies of Conflict: siege and emergency money from antiquity to Second World War Wednesday 15 November Richard Kelleher, Assistant Keeper of Coins (Medieval and Modern)

Degas’s Drinker: Marcellin Desboutin and the portrait print after photography Wednesday 22 November Amy Marquis, Research Assistant, Department of Paintings, Drawings and Prints

A armoured command vehicle with Enigma machine, courtesy of Wiki Commons

Cobbling things together: new insights into Degas’s working methods


Gendering Decryption Decrypting Gender Wednesday 29 November Annie Burman, Faculty of Classics

A short history of encryption from Caesar to Enigma 13 December Dr Julian West, GCHQ

Art speak Tuesdays 26 September, 31 October & 28 November 13.15 • FREE • Drop-in Image © Martin Bond

Meet in Courtyard Entrance Enjoy half an hour looking at and talking about art.



BOOKING ESSENTIAL for all events, unless otherwise stated. To register your interest tel: 01223 332904 or email: Places will be confirmed on receipt of payment.

MUSE 10.15 – 12.00 Edgar Degas (1834-1917), Arabesque over the right leg, left arm in front, first study (detail)

36 £10 per session Discover new ways of working at this artist-led workshop, inspired by Museum exhibitions and collections, with different themes each month. Friday 22 September Study portrait faces in the Marcellin Desboutin exhibition, then create your own drypoint etching. Friday 20 October Draw oil pastel dancers inspired by Degas. Friday 17 November

The Little Dancer is a show stopper in the major Degas exhibition. Find out why he sculpted in wax and create your own maquette from modelling wax.

Portals to the world Thursdays 5 October – 23 November 14.00  – 16.00 Meet in the Courtyard Entrance

Image © Martin Bond

FREE An art appreciation course designed especially for people living at home with a dementia diagnosis and their care partners. Each week join us in one of the galleries for a short talk followed by a related practical art activity or art handling. Contact the Education Department if you are interested in knowing more about this course. This programme is in partnership with Dementia Compass.



Image © Martin Bond

The truth about modelling in wax Wednesday 25 October 10.15 – 12.00 Age 16+ £10 36 Degas created a series of sculptures in wax that he intended as finished artworks rather than part of a casting process. Visit the Degas exhibition and then discover the versatility of wax in this practical introduction to modelling in wax workshop.

Life drawing class Sunday 29 October 10.45 – 13.00 Age 16+ £25 (£20 concessions and Friends) Meet at Courtyard Entrance An opportunity to draw in pencil from a life model within the Degas exhibition with tutor Pam Smy. From 12.00 the workshop will resume in the studio with the chance to work with other drawing materials.

Copying and originality: Degas, the radical fogey Saturday 11 November 10.15 – 16.00 with a break for lunch at 13.00 £45 (£40 concessions and Friends) 36 In this workshop, led by local artist Jeremy Mulvey, discover how Degas merges tradition with realism and photography, and developed a unique vision by copying the work of others. Degas’s advice was to copy and trace and recopy – by mimicking others we find our own voice.

Christmas crafts Friday 8 December 10.15 – 12.30 £15 (£12 concessions and Friends) 36 Celebrate the festive season with our ever popular Christmas crafts session. Make things to decorate your home or to give as gifts.



Image © Martin Bond

Lunchtime Concerts 13.15 – 14.00 FREE 3

Enjoy a series of popular lunchtime concerts, with music performed by talented musicians in the beautiful surroundings of the Museum. Admission is by token, unless otherwise stated. One per person, available at the Main Entrance desk on a first-come first-served basis from 12.00 on the day of the concert. Space is limited - no standing room available. Voluntary collection after each concert. Programmes may be subject to change.

Kenderdine Consort: at the tomb of the beloved

Music for clarinet and strings

Music for violin and piano

Sunday 29 October

Sunday 24 September

Jon Fistein (cello), Konrad Wagstyl & Sam Alberman (violins), Tom Taylor (viola) and Sarah Bowden (clarinet) perform Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet and works by Stravinsky for clarinet and string quartet.

Programme to include Beethoven’s Sonata in G, Op. 30, No. 3 and Wieniawski’s Fantasie Brillante, Op. 20, with Emmanual Bach (violin) and Jenny Stern (piano).

Monteverdi’s Arianna’s Lament directed by Sam Barrett.

Mulberry Trio Sunday 8 October Paul Seddon (violin), Vivian Williams (cello) and John Richens (piano) perform Roberto Gerhard’s Trio and Niels Gade’s Novelletten.

Sunday 12 November

Lucy Cavendish Singers: the far shore

Music for piano

Sunday 19 November A performance of liturgical, medieval and classical pieces, including traditional Nordic and Sephardic songs as well as works by Benjamin Britten and Javier Busto.

Sunday 5 November With Patrick Hemmerlé (piano).

Singing ladies of Ferrara Sunday 15 October Directed by Paula Downes.

Cambridge University Instrumental Award Holders

Music for piano Sunday 22 October

Sunday 26 November Patrick Hemmerlé

Agnes Wan (piano) performs pieces by Purcell, Hadyn, Chopin, Schumann and Prokoviev.

A performance by the very best undergraduate chamber musicians.

University of Cambridge Museums & Botanic Garden

The University of Cambridge Museums (UCM) and Botanic Garden are all within short walking distance of the city centre. Download a handy map to plan your visit from our website: India Unboxed presents a festival of light, exhibitions & events Diwali at the Botanic Garden 25 October • 18.30 onwards Take part in one of the most popular festivals of India by visiting the Cambridge University Botanic Garden to celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights. See spectacular light displays, take part in activities and enjoy seeing the Garden in a different light. For more India Unboxed events and exhibitions from across the University of Cambridge Museums and collections, visit:

Festival of Ideas 16 – 29 October 2017 With hundreds of free events over two weeks, the Cambridge Festival of Ideas is one of the most exciting and dynamic occasions in the Cambridge cultural calendar. The University of Cambridge Museums is proud to present a vibrant programme of talks, hands-on activities and exhibitions as part of India Unboxed.

Cam Lates September – December 2017 Jazz at the Museum of Zoology, carols at The Sedgwick Museum – it can only be Cam Lates. Tickets sell fast, so get the latest event/ticket news by signing up on the Cam Lates webpage.

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Visitor Information


During your visit if you have any questions or need help, please speak to a member of staff. Fitzwilliam Museum Prints For high quality reproduction prints and canvas prints from the collection visit:

Courtyard Shop Visit the shop for a range of gifts inspired by the collection. www.fitzwilliammuseum

Courtyard Café



Please use Courtyard Entrance for street level access and entrance for groups and schools. Fully accessible toilets and lift access to all floors.

The Museum’s eGuide app, offering selected tours of the collections, can be downloaded free of charge from the Apple and Android stores. Handsets are also available from both Museum entrances at a cost of £4 (£3 concessions), free to Friends.

All displays accessible apart from balcony in Gallery 3 and Gallery 34. An audio described guide for blind and partiallysighted visitors is available for free. For large print, Braille information or further access enquiries, tel: 01223 332928 or email: fitzmuseum-access@lists.

10.00–16.30 Lunches from 11.30–15.30. For reservations tel: 01223 764402.

Wheelchairs are available to borrow at the Courtyard Entrance. Please book in advance, tel: 01223 332928.

North Lawn Café

The England’s Historic Cities App uses innovative

Fresh sandwiches, salads and drinks in an al fresco setting. Open end of April to October, weather permitting.

Photography Non flash photography with hand-held cameras is allowed for private use in the Museum, unless otherwise indicated.

mobile technology to tell stories of some of the country’s best loved heritage sites from 12 historic cities including The Fitzwilliam Museum. To download the app visit: stories/

Learning A wide and flexible range of teaching and practical sessions for pre-booked school groups and CPD for teachers. For more information about our wider learning offer tel: 01223 332904, email: education@fitzmuseum. or see website.

Reference Library By advance appointment tel: 01223 764398 or email: fitzmuseum-library@lists.

Study Room Individual and group access to the collection of paintings, drawings and prints by advance appointment. Open Tuesday–Friday 10.00–13.00 & 14.00–16.30. Tel: 01223 764363 or email: fitzmuseum-studyroom@

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Become a Friend and enjoy • Exclusive lectures, evening openings and study days at the Museum

Support Us! Donations keep our galleries open free of charge, conserve our collection and deliver our education service. Please donate online, at the Museum or contact the Development Office to discuss giving opportunities.

• Discounted tickets for Museum events • Free digital eGuide for self-guided tours of the Museum’s collection • Special visits to see other treasures within the Colleges of the University of Cambridge • Visits to exhibitions, art galleries and historic houses in Britain • Social events in the summer and at Christmas • Seasonal offers in the Museum’s Courtyard Shop Unique among UK museums, the Friends’ subscription is directed exclusively to new acquisitions for the Museum. Join online and find out more at: Or call the Friends Office on: 01223 332933

The Marlay Group enjoys a special relationship with one of the greatest art collections of the nation and contribute to the future of the Fitzwilliam. Legacies help safeguard the collection for future generations to appreciate.

Corporate sponsorship of exhibitions, events and education programmes, offers opportunities for businesses to strengthen their corporate image and promote their brand.

Gallery Hire is possible outside formal opening hours. Our spaces provide a stunning and unique environment for corporate events, concerts, lectures and receptions. Find out more, contact: Lois Hargrave, Director of Development Tel: 01223 332921 Email:


Opening Hours Tuesday - Saturday 10.00 - 17.00 Sundays & Bank Holidays 12.00 – 17.00 CLOSED: Mondays, 24-26 & 31 December and 1 January

The Fitzwilliam Museum is in Trumpington Street, a few minutes walk from Cambridge City Centre. No visitor parking, but limited Pay & Display on Trumpington Street. Disabled badge-holders can park in pay and display bays for as long as is needed, and on single/double yellow lines for up to three hours, unless there is a ‘no loading’ sign. Nearest car parks: Grand Arcade off Pembroke Street, or Queen Anne, Gonville Place. The U bus from Madingley Road Park & Ride, Cambridge Station, and Addenbrooke’s Hospital stops outside the Museum Monday - Friday. Timetable available from: For Park & Ride information visit:




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What's On September - December 2017  

Programme of exhibitions and events

What's On September - December 2017  

Programme of exhibitions and events