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WHAT’S ON January – April 2019


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 from around the world. See everything from Egyptian coffins to Impressionist masterpieces; illuminated manuscripts to Renaissance sculpture; rare coins to Korean ceramics. This year’s Business Partners are: TTP plc and Brewin Dolphin. Their support has gone towards a creative and thought-provoking programme including outreach in the community, visitor engagement, creative learning events and our major exhibitions. Admission to the Museum’s collections and exhibitions is free.

News from the Acting Director

New Director for the Fitzwilliam Our new Director, Luke Syson, previously at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, will be taking up his post on 4 February 2019 and we look forward very much to welcoming him here. Luke brings extensive skills and experience gained from working in senior leadership and curatorial positions at some of the world’s most prestigious museums. His work at the Met with European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, following on from his expertise with Italian painting at the National Gallery, Medieval and Renaissance Collections at the V&A and Coins and Medals at the British Museum, will prepare him as he takes on the role of Director of the extraordinary and wide-ranging collection that we have at The Fitzwilliam Museum.

Gallery 3 building works We are still working on the next phase of our building restoration, which focusses on the dome and decoration in Gallery 3, which will be closed during this What’s On period of January to April, along with Gallery 2, to help facilitate the project. Please continue to check the home page of our website for the most up to date information.

New exhibition season Our major exhibition this season, Whistler & Nature, casts a new light on the work of the great late-Victorian master, James McNeill Whistler, developed by Compton Verney in partnership with The Hunterian, University of Glasgow (see page 4). This is complemented by Gentle Art: Friends and strangers in Whistler’s prints featuring works from our collection (see page 9). Other new shows for the period include Enriching Collections: Recent acquisitions of prints and drawings 2009-2019 (see page 8) and a much anticipated show from our Coins and Medals Department Making a Nation: Money, image and power in Tudor and Stuart England (see page 7). Professor Geoff Ward Acting Director


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.

Location Key 10 Octagon Gallery 12 Adeane Gallery 13 Mellon Gallery 14 Shiba Gallery 16 Charrington Print Room 27 European Pottery 28 Arts of the Far East 34 Fan Gallery 35 Seminar Room 36 Studio A floor plan showing all locations is available from both entrances and on our website.

The Fitzwilliam Museum


Exhibitions 4 Study Day


Special Event 11 Families 12 Children’s Workshops


Young People 16 Displays 19 Talks 21 Tours 23 Adults 24 Blind and Partially Sighted


Music 27 University of Cambridge Museums & Botanic Garden


Visitor Information


Support the Fitzwilliam




Cover image: James McNeill Whistler (1834 – 1903), Nocturne, 1875 – 1877 © The Hunterian, University of Glasgow




8 January – 17 March 12 & 13  FREE

Whistler & Nature casts a new light on the work of the great late-Victorian master, James McNeill Whistler. Born in America, but living in the UK for most of his life, he was known as an artist with a bold personality and a revolutionary attitude towards the natural world. Featuring around 90 paintings, sketches and prints, the exhibition examines how his family involvement in early 19th-century industry, and pursuit of a career in the US military, shaped his knowledge of observational drawing and influenced his artistic style. It also looks afresh at his work in the context of attitudes to landscape in British art and design. Whistler’s smoky images of warehouses, harbours and industrial scenes were designed to showcase a new kind of productive, wealth-generating landscape for the modern Victorian age. For exhibition events look out for the


Exhibition developed by Compton Verney, in partnership with The Hunterian, University of Glasgow


Early morning guided tours of the exhibition Tuesdays 29 January, 5, 12 & 26 February Courtyard Entrance gates open at 09.00 for a 09.15 start £13.50 per person BOOKING ESSENTIAL Visit: or tel: 01223 357851 A private guided tour of the Whistler & Nature exhibition for individuals and groups, up to 20 people at each session, before the Museum opens. Tours will finish in the exhibition at 10.00 when we open to the public. You will be welcome to remain in the exhibition for as long as you wish, or you could be the first in the queue for coffee and pastries in the Café, with tour attendees entitled to a 20% discount for the whole day on production of their ticket. Café open 10.00 – 16.30.

James McNeill Whistler (1834 – 1903), The Bathing Posts, Brittany, 1893 (detail) © The Hunterian, University of Glasgow



George Clausen (1852–1944), A child writing, c.1890 (detail), Sir Ivor and Lady Batchelor Bequest


Collecting and Giving: Highlights from the Sir Ivor and Lady Batchelor bequest Until 3 March 10 FREE In 2015, the Museum received an exceptional collection of drawings, ceramics, glass and bronzes from Sir Ivor and Lady Batchelor, through Art Fund. Sir Ivor, Professor of Psychiatry at Dundee University, and his wife Honor, spent decades collecting a wide array of fine and decorative arts, advocating that ‘One had to learn by looking, which is the best education’. Highlights from the collection are on display for the first time, including drawings by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Ruskin, William Orpen, Walter Sickert, and Gwen John alongside fine examples of 18th-century salt-glazed stoneware, rare 17th- and 18th-century Spanish glass, and 19th-century French animal bronzes.


Gold sovereign of Queen Elizabeth I (1558–1603) struck at the Tower of London 1584–7 (detail)


Making a Nation: Money, image and power in Tudor and Stuart England 26 March – 30 June 10 FREE The major dynastic, political and cultural changes that occurred in England under the Tudors and Stuarts are traced in this exhibition. The money and medals of this 250-year period provide a fascinating insight into broader developments in artistic expression, monarchy, nationhood, and trade in a rapidly expanding world. Coins and medals acted as powerful agents in conveying the official image of the king or queen and commemorating the important events of the day. They also reveal the changing role of money and economic experience through periods of religious conflict, civil war, exploration and the union of the kingdoms of England and Scotland. For complementary events see pages 13, 15, 17, 18 & 24.


Valerio Castello (1624-59), The Martyrdom of Saint Lawrence (detail)


Enriching Collections: Recent acquisitions of prints and drawings 2009 – 2019 22 January – 12 May 14 FREE This exhibition is the first of two successive selections of works on paper to celebrate the outstanding generosity of benefactors and donors who have helped to enrich the collections. It will also highlight a number of exceptional works bought with funds raised or donated by individuals, charities, and other supporters. Each tells a story of disinterested commitment to giving for the benefit of others. Preserved, researched and displayed by the Museum – and made globally accessible in digital form – they exit the private sphere to be enjoyed by all. Albrecht Dürer, William Holman Hunt, James McNeill Whistler, Paul Delvaux, Natalia Goncharova and Grayson Perry are among the artists represented in this first exhibition. A second selection will be presented from 21 May to 1 September 2019. For complementary talk see page 22.


James McNeill Whistler (1834 –1903), En Plein Soleil, from ‘Twelve Etchings from Nature’


The Gentle Art: Friends and strangers in Whistler’s prints 29 January – 12 May 16  FREE To complement the major show on James McNeill Whistler, the Print Room will feature an exhibition of the artist’s etchings, drypoints and lithographs from the Fitzwilliam’s collection, focussing on people. The range will include figures emerging from the shadows in the artist’s early ‘French set’ of the 1850s, intimate domestic scenes of friends and fellow artists in London, and late lithographs of nudes and portraits of his sister-in-law ‘Bunnie’, made in the 1890s. Whistler’s relationships with a number of friends quickly soured as they became the victims of his humour. On such occasions his butterfly signature acquired a barbed tail to match the sting of his sharp wit, as immortalised in his collection of letters and pamphlets, such as The Gentle Art of Making Enemies that is displayed in the exhibition.

Study Day


Whistler, nature and science Monday 11 March 10.30 – 16.30 (Doors open 10.00) £12.50 Includes tea or coffee on arrival, lunch and afternoon tea BOOKING ESSENTIAL Visit: or tel: 01223 357851 35 Entry via Courtyard Entrance

The Anglo-American James McNeill Whistler is one of the world’s best known 19th-century artists. Less well known is the interaction of nature and science in his work and thought. This study day begins with a guided tour around the exhibition Whistler & Nature by the art historian who conceived the show, Dr Patricia de Montfort from Glasgow University. Followed by illustrated talks from experts (listed right).

Chair: Prof. David Ingram

Plus, there will be a complementary visit to Cambridge University Botanic Garden the following morning, 12 March, which is free to Study Day attendees.

OBE, ScD, VMH, FRSE, former Regius Keeper (Director) of the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, former Master of St Catharine’s College in Cambridge, and now Honorary Professor in the Universities of Edinburgh and Lancaster

Join Prof. John Parker, FLS, VMH, the Garden’s former Director, and an Emeritus Fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge, to explore the history of the Garden.

Speakers: Dr Patricia de Montfort

To express interest in attending this event please email:

Dr Polly Blakesley

Glasgow University

Prof. Clare A P Willsdon Glasgow University Head of the Department of History of Art, University of Cambridge

James McNeill Whistler (1834 – 1903), Battersea Reach from Lindsey Houses, 1864 – 1871 (detail) © The Hunterian, University of Glasgow

Special Event

Twilight at the Museums Wednesday 20 February 16.30 – 19.30 All ages FREE • Drop-in Join us for the University of Cambridge Museums’ (UCM) annual Twilight event. The Fitzwilliam Museum will be teaming up with the Whipple Museum of the History of Science to bring you a ‘starry night’ themed Twilight at the Museums. Bring your torches and see the Museum come to life.

Images © Martin Bond


Free Family Resources


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 ancient Egypt and paintings.

Fitz Kits 5 – 10 yrs Discover our range of Fitz Kits with games and puzzles to take you on a journey around the Museum.

Baby play mat 0 – 2 yrs Sensory resources to help you and your baby explore themes and objects in the collection.

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

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. Images © Martin Bond


Family First Saturdays 5 January, 2 February, 2 March & 6 April 14.00  – 16.00 FREE • Drop-in On the first Saturday of each month join our friendly team for fun activities and art-making for all the family based on one of the themes below.

Start with art 5 January

Chinese New Year 2 February

Spring fling 2 March

Coin it! 6 April Listen to a story together, learn something new on a tour and explore your creative side!

Plus, you can take a free tour around the Museum or listen to a story based on the month’s theme. Family tour

Story time

14.00 – 14.30 & 15.00 – 15.30 • Ages 5+

14.30 – 15.00 & 15.30 – 16.00 • 0 – 5 yrs

Number restrictions apply for both, please collect a sticker from the Courtyard Entrance.


Children’s Workshops


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

Baby magic

It’s magic

Tuesday 22 January 10.00 – 11.00 0 – 2 yrs • £4 per child

Wednesday 23 January 10.00 – 11.30 2 – 5 yrs £4 per child

This gently structured session allows babies to discover aspects of our collection through sensory exploration of colour, shapes, texture, sounds and movement. Look at the galleries together and get creative in the Studio.

Baby musical magic Wednesday 6 March 10.00 – 11.30 0 – 2 yrs • £4 per child Explore the Whistler exhibition through music and sound, and be inspired to create musical art together with instrumentalists from the Academy of Ancient Music.

Exploring art together can be magical. Hear stories about objects in our collection, and make art of your own to take home.

It’s musical magic Tuesday 5 March 10.00 – 11.30 2 – 5 yrs £4 per child Whistler heard music as he drew and looked at pictures. We will too! Together with musicians from the Academy of Ancient Music, we will explore what Whistler’s paintings might sound like, and create our own musical artworks for the instrumentalists to play.

Children’s Workshops


Plant journeys

Nicolas Robert (1614 – 1685), Stylized drawings of various flowers (detail)

Wednesday 13 March 10.00 – 11.30 & 13.00 – 14.30 2 – 5 yrs FREE Join us to explore the fascinating journeys made by plants – on their own and with help from humans – and see how they have inspired artworks in our collection. Then create your own mini garden using plants from around the world. This event is a collaboration with Cambridge University Botanic Garden.

Wonderful Whistler Saturday 12 January 10.30 – 12.30 5 – 7 yrs £8 per child Visit the special exhibition Whistler & Nature, and paint your own landscape with artist Lara Jones.

Science in art Saturday 23 March 10.30 – 12.30 8 – 12 yrs £8 per child Join artist Kelly Briggs to explore how the natural disintegration of artefacts can become inspiration for new artworks.

Making faces Saturday 13 April 10.30 – 12.30 5 – 7 yrs £8 per child Look at powerful people on coins in the exhibition Making a Nation. Then create your own 3D response in the Studio. James McNeill Whistler (1834 – 1903), Off the Dutch coast 1883 – 1884 (detail) © The Hunterian, University of Glasgow

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.

© Ollie Terry

Source 16, 19 – 23 February (half term) 11.00 – 16.00 15 – 19 yrs FREE Drop-in Galleries & 36 A specially designed programme of practical art workshops and gallery research for students preparing for their art exams, particularly GCSE, A Level, BTEC. Each day we offer free one-to-one advice, gallery tours and space in the Studio with guest artists and arts specialists.

NEW Mindfulness and art

NEW Ask the artist

Saturday 16 February 12.00 – 13.00 & 13.30 – 14.30 15 – 19 yrs FREE (12 people per session)

Friday 22 February 11.30 – 12.30 15 – 19 yrs FREE



Learn some useful techniques to remain mindful and focused in the lead-up to your exams. Led by experienced Mindfulness Therapist, Samina Khan, and Yoga instructor, Daniela McDermott.

Artist Iona McCuaig, Royal College of Art MA graduate, and Hannah Kershaw, Fitzwilliam Museum Exhibitions Coordinator, will be available for an informal Q&A. If you are interested in establishing yourself as a designer and maker or pursuing a career in museums and galleries this is the perfect opportunity to find out more about their journeys.

Portfolio review Friday 22 February 11.00 – 13.00 15 – 19 yrs FREE 36 Book a 20-minute slot with the Deputy Head of Cambridge School of Art at Anglia Ruskin University, to review your portfolio and talk about art courses and career ideas. Parents and teachers welcome.

Young People


Bronze Arts Award in a week! Tuesday 9 – Friday 12 April 10.15 – 15.00 11 – 14 yrs £85 (4 day course) Work with artists and experiment with materials to create your own artworks inspired by collections at the Museum, and present them in a mini-exhibition at the end of the week.

ReSource 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. This programme is designed for older teens wanting to focus and develop their art skills.

All the colours of the day


Saturday 26 January

Saturday 20 April

Visit the exhibition Whistler & Nature with guest artist Caroline Wendling to explore colour and composition in the paintings. Then create your own colour chart to help you paint your own abstract composition in the Studio.

How do you make your face a symbol of power? Put it on a coin! Get up close to the Tudors and Stuarts in the exhibition Making a Nation, then use contemporary material and your imagination to create your own art currency with guest artist Iona McCuaig, in the Studio.

Clay works When is a pot a sculpture? Explore art in clay with sculptor Susie Olczak. Make your own piece and embellish with marks based on the surfaces of pieces you have observed in our collection. Please bring a sturdy container to take your clay work home with you.

Images © Martin Bond

Saturday 16 March


Young People Make! 14.00 – 16.00 11 – 13yrs £5 36 Love making and creating art? Come along to our fun workshops to learn new art skills with our guest artists. Each month we invite our younger teen artists to make and explore art with a variety of workshops on different themes.

Colours on your brush Saturday 26 January Join artist Caroline Wendling to look at art work in our exhibition Whistler & Nature. Find out how artists use colour and composition in these paintings to help you paint your own abstract work in the Studio.

Clay create Saturday 16 March Clay is a wonderful material to work with. Look at the ceramics in our collection with sculptor Susie Olczak to inspire your own clay work. Experiment with surfaces to add marks and textures into your own creations. Please bring a sturdy container to take your clay work home with you.

Money, money, money Saturday 20 April Ever wanted to make your own money? Visit the exhibition Making a Nation to find out how money was made in the Tudor and Stuart era, then work in the Studio to create your own art currency with guest artist Iona McCuaig.

Image © Martin Bond

Displays Salisbury Family Collection of Studio Ceramics Until 31 July 27 The Salisbury family, based locally in Cambridge, have kindly lent part of their studio ceramics collection to the Museum. This collection, formed over many years, includes pieces by some of the finest artists to work in clay from the mid-20th century onwards. These include Austrian and German emigrés Lucie Rie, Hans Coper and Ruth Duckworth, and contemporary artist Jennifer Lee, winner of the Loewe Craft Prize 2018. © The estate of Hans Coper

Design Evolution: Highlights from the Keatley Trust collection 2 January – 30 November Mezzanine This display highlights some of the outstanding pieces of decorative art on loan to the Museum from the Keatley Trust. John Keatley founded the Trust in 1968 in order to purchase the best-designed and most finely-crafted Jane Short, Four Seasons Dish (2000) © The artist ceramics, glass, metalwork, woodwork, furniture and book bindings and subsequently lend these to museums around the UK for the benefit and enjoyment of the public. The collection focusses predominantly on the 20th century which, as John says, represents the period of greatest transformation of the lives of most people, in the history of Britain. This display, celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Trust, includes ceramics by Bernard Moore, Bernard Leach and Sam Haile, glass by Paul Nash, John Hutton and Whitefriars, and metalwork by Robert Welch, Gerald Benney, Rod Kelly and Jane Short. For complementary talk see page 22.




Fans Unfolded: Conserving the Lennox-Boyd collection 5 March 2019 – 12 January 2020 34 Showcasing rare and exquisitely decorated fans from the collection of the Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd, allocated to the Museum by H.M. Government in lieu of inheritance tax in 2015, this display reveals the techniques behind the making, investigation and conservation of fans. A conservation project generously funded by the Marlay Group has allowed us to display a selection of these fragile but extraordinary objects for the first time.

Pierre Turin (1891-1968), Paris International Exhibition of Arts Decoratifs, 1925

The 1920s: Crisis and innovation 29 January – 2 June 33 The 1920s was a time of unprecedented change, after the trauma of the First World War. In America and Western Europe there was great prosperity and artistic innovation, with the new Art Deco style. At the same time there was economic and political crisis in Germany and Central Europe. In Russia the new dawn of Revolution led to Stalin’s terror. All of this can be seen in coins, medals and banknotes of the 1920s.

The Frua-Valsecchi Collection Ongoing Over the past fifty years, Francesca and Massimo Valsecchi have built up a remarkable collection of paintings, furniture, sculpture, glass and ceramics. This includes the renowned nude portrait of Patricia Preece by Stanley Spencer (Gallery 1), a Spanish 17th century polychrome wood sculpture of the Christ Child (Gallery 6), Art Nouveau Tiffany glass (Gallery 22) and an extremely rare Meissen porcelain vulture (Gallery 27). These artworks have been generously offered to the Fitzwilliam Museum on long-term loan. They can be identified in the galleries by their dark purple labels. Vase, favrile glass, Louis Comfort Tiffany

Talks 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 (space is limited) unless otherwise stated. Admission is by token, one per person, available at the Courtyard Entrance desk on a first-come first-served basis 30 minutes before the talk. Assisted hearing sets are available.

Coinage in the Kingdom of Jerusalem and its numismatic legacy

Love and politics:  A wedding gift for a medieval duchess

Wednesday 16 January

Wednesday 27 February

Dr Richard Kelleher, Assistant Keeper (Medieval and Modern), Coins and Medals

Dr Stella Panayotova, Keeper of Manuscripts and Printed Books

Colonisations and landscape successions: Later prehistoric and Roman North West Cambridge Wednesday 23 January Dr Chris Evans, Cambridge Archaeological Unit

The Trojan War: Then and now Wednesday 30 January Dr Naoise Mac Sweeney, Associate Professor in Ancient History, University of Leicester

A temple to marble: The Main Entrance landing restoration and new displays Wednesday 6 February Dr Victoria Avery, Keeper of Applied Arts

The Attic inscriptions in The Fitzwilliam Museum Wednesday 13 February Prof. Stephen D. Lambert, Professor of Ancient Greek History and Epigraphy, Cardiff University

How We got here Wednesday 20 February Artist Emma Smith shares the making of her new commission Lekythos grave marker of Hegemon, Attica, early 4th century BC




Enriching Collections: Recent acquisitions of prints and drawings 2009 – 2019 Wednesday 6 March With the Keepers of Paintings, Drawings and Prints.

Whistler & Nature: Looking both ways from the industrial to the horticultural Wednesday 13 March Dr Patricia de Montfort, Curator, and Prof. Clare A P Willsdon, joint authors of the book which accompanies the exhibition

Discovering Islamic geometric design Wednesday 3 April Eric Broug, author, educator and designer specialising in Islamic geometric design

Lenten fasting and Easter feasting: The food of Easter in early modern Europe Wednesday 10 April Dr Victoria Avery, Keeper of Applied Arts, and Dr Melissa Calaresu, Director of Studies and Lecturer in History, University of Cambridge

Small paintings, big discoveries: Recent research on Isaac Oliver’s miniatures Wednesday 20 March Dr Paola Ricciardi, Research Scientist

Design Evolution: Highlights from the Keatley Trust collection Wednesday 27 March Helen Ritchie, Research Assistant, Applied Arts, and display Curator

Photo: Mike Thornton © StillVision Photography

Abraham Bosse (1602 – 1676), L'Hyver, The Four Seasons, c.1637 (detail)

Art speak Tuesdays 29 January, 26 February, 26 March, 23 April 13.15 FREE • Drop-in Meet in Courtyard Entrance Spend half an hour looking at and talking about art.


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




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 £10 per session 36 Discover new ways of working at this artist-led workshop, inspired by Museum exhibitions and collections, with different themes each month. Friday 25 January

Friday 29 March

Explore works in the Whistler & Nature exhibition to fuel ideas of your own. Back in the Studio, experiment with a reduced palette, learn about colour mixing and how to use acrylic medium to build layers, then create a rich atmospheric painting on board.

Take a sea and sky painting tour of the galleries. Afterwards learn how to create your own mixed media seascapes in pastel, chalk, paint and pen on paper.

Friday 8 February

James McNeill Whistler (1834 – 1903), Grey and Pearl: Bank Holiday Banners (detail)

Study aspects of the Fitzwilliam’s studio ceramics collection to create a hand-built pot. Learn about balance and scale and how to create various forms. Please bring a sturdy container to take your clay work home with you.

Friday 26 April Find out more about the intriguing world of Tudor and Stuart England through coins and medals, and make your own graphite images of portraits and power in the Studio.

Landscape through Whistler’s eyes Saturday 9 February 10.30 – 15.00 £40 per person (£35 concessions/Friends) Workshop in 36 And visit to exhibition in 12 & 13 A practical workshop lead by Penny Price, a leading botanical watercolour illustrator, painting local scenes where man-made structures interact with the natural world.


The Library Presents Whistler watercolour workshops Saturday 2 February • 11.00  – 13.00 Ramsey Library Thursday 14 March • 10.00  – 12.00 Cambourne Library Thursday 28 March • 14.00  – 16.00  Whittlesey Library £5 (£2.50 concessions) BOOKING ESSENTIAL Visit Cambridge Live Box Office: / tel: 01223 357851, or one of the participating libraries: Join artist Caroline Wendling for adult watercolour workshops, organised by The Fitzwilliam Museum, exploring Whistler’s watercolour techniques inspired by the Whistler & Nature exhibition (see page 4).

James McNeill Whistler (1834 – 1903), Landscape with farm buildings, c.1884 (details)


Blind and Par tially Sighted


Guide dogs and companions are welcome to all sessions. BOOKING ESSENTIAL. To register your interest tel: 01223 332904 or email:

Tours for blind and partially sighted adults An afternoon of touch tours and audio descriptive sessions.

A temple to marble Wednesday 13 February 14.00 – 15.30 FREE Fitzwilliam Museum Meet in Courtyard Entrance Join Dr Victoria Avery, Keeper of Applied Arts, to touch and explore beautiful marble sculpture and architecture in the newly restored Main Entrance of the Fitzwilliam.

Beautiful bronze Wednesday 27 February 14.00 – 15.30 FREE Fitzwilliam Museum Meet in Courtyard Entrance Join Dr Victoria Avery, Keeper of Applied Arts, for a talk on the exhibition Collecting and Giving, followed by a discussion and behind-the-scenes handling session of beautiful bronze sculpture.

Gods and mortals from Greece and Rome Wednesday 3 April 14.00 – 15.30 FREE Museum of Classical Archaeology Meet at the Museum Entrance Join Educators Jennie Thornber and Jacqui Strawbridge on a touch tour of classical casts - get hands on with life-sized statues and hear stories from ancient Greece and Rome.

Creative workshop #4 Sculpting from nature Sunday 3 March 14.00 – 16.00 FREE Fitzwilliam Museum Meet in Courtyard Entrance Join artist Sally Todd for this creative session inspired by the organic, often abstract sculptures of Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth. Visit examples of their work in the Museum and explore the forms and the materials that inspired them through touch and audio description; using these ideas, join Sally in the Studio to create sculptures from nature.

Small group visits 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.

Self-guided audio described tours Available free of charge on audio handsets for a tour of selected exhibits from the permanent collection. For large print, Braille information or further access enquiries, tel: 01223 332928 or email:

Music Fitzwilliam concerts on tour 13.15 – 14.00 FREE Robinson College Chapel

A series of popular lunchtime concerts, with music performed by talented musicians. While Gallery 3 is closed for refurbishment these concerts will take place at Robinson College Chapel (seating capacity 200), 20 minutes’ walk from the Museum. Admission by concert programme obtainable from Robinson College from 12.45 onwards. Voluntary collection after each concert. Programmes may be subject to change.

Music for piano

Music for violin and piano

Sunday 20 January

Sunday 24 February

Piano recital with Victoria Royce.

Emmanuel Bach (violin) and Jenny Stern (piano) play a programme of works by Lera Auerbach and Debussy.

Songs for Sunday Sunday 27 January With Alison Summers (soprano).

Cambridge Renaissance Ensemble Sunday 3 February A mixed ensemble of soprano, winds, virginals and Renaissance harp.

Cambridge University Instrumental Award Holders Sunday 10 February Performances by the very best undergraduate chamber musicians.

Music for cello and guitar Sunday 17 February With Charles Ellis (cello) and Ian Kelleher (guitar).

Music for recorder and harpsichord Sunday 3 March Maurizio Parisi will perform English and Italian Baroque music, with special emphasis on music by Nicola Matteis, the earliest notable Italian Baroque violinist and composer in London.

Classical songs Sunday 10 March With Chloe Beresford-Jones (soprano), Helen Groves (soprano) and Jill Morton (piano).




Musical tour to three University of Cambridge Museums with Britten Sinfonia Academy Sunday 31 March 12.30 Museum of Zoology 14.00 Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology 15.30 The Fitzwilliam Museum

Join us for a family-friendly musical tour across the Fitzwilliam Museum, Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology and Museum of Zoology, with stories and music from cultures across the world performed by Britten Sinfonia Academy. Each Museum will host a short set lasting about 25 minutes, which will introduce the main theme and then combine music and storytelling. The performances are paced to allow those attending to enjoy the collections after the performances. Please check our website event listing for more information nearer the time.

University of Cambridge Museums & Botanic Garden

Twilight at the Museums Wednesday 20 February • 16.30 – 19.30 • FREE Treat the family to a night of unmissable half-term fun as museums and collections in Cambridge offer a range of drop-in and bookable events. Discover fascinating objects and explore family-friendly venues where the promise of adventure is around every corner.

Operation Survival Saturdays 19 January – 30 March • 10.00 – 12.30 With a live leaderboard, cryptic clues, surprise challenges and roaming characters, gather your team for an immersive adventure across four of the University of Cambridge Museums.

Bridging Binaries: LGBTQ+ tours at Cambridge Museums December 2018 – February 2019 • FREE • BOOKING ESSENTIAL Visit: or tel: 01223 357851 From same-sex behaviour among penguins to gender in the ancient world, explore the spectrum of identities that exists across time, place and culture in Cambridge collections. Join our volunteer tour guides to discover fascinating stories of non-normative gender and sexual identities through a selection of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-related objects. Tours will be available at the Museum of Zoology, Museum of Classical Archaeology, Polar Museum and The Fitzwilliam Museum. Tours last 45 minutes and are led by volunteer guides.

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

Reproduction prints For high quality reproduction prints and canvas prints from the collection visit:

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.

All displays accessible apart from 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. Wheelchairs are available to borrow at the Courtyard Entrance. Please book in advance, tel: 01223 332928.

Personal item storage All bags larger than 30 x 25cm must be left at either the coin operated lockers (Courtyard Entrance) or the manned bag check (Main Entrance). Please do not carry any items on your back.

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

The England’s Historic Cities App uses innovative 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: www.heritagecities. com/stories/

Reference Library By advance appointment tel: 01223 764398, email: fitzmuseum-library@lists. or visit: research/referencelibrary

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@

Suppor t 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.

Image © Martin Bond

Become a Friend and enjoy

The Marlay Group is the Museum’s highest level of membership. They support vital work on collections, galleries and exhibitions and benefit from private events and access to experts. Legacies help safeguard the collection for future generations to appreciate.

Corporate sponsorship of exhibitions,

• Exclusive lectures, evening openings and study days at the Museum

events and education programmes, offers opportunities for businesses to strengthen their corporate image and support our community.

• Discounted tickets for Museum events

Find out more, contact:

• Free digital eGuide for self-guided tours of the Museum’s collection

Lois Hargrave, Director of Development Tel: 01223 332921 Email:

• Special visits to see other treasures within the Colleges of the University of Cambridge • Visits to exhibitions, art galleries and historic houses • 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

Gallery Hire A number of beautiful galleries are available for hire outside public opening hours. We can host unique drinks receptions, corporate networking events, private parties and dinners, concerts and lectures. Bespoke, private tours can be included as part of your event and we work closely with a selection of approved suppliers for catering, AV provision, photography and entertainment. For ideas about the kinds of events and indicative prices, visit our website: www.

Find out more, contact: Grace Hadley, Event Coordinator. Tel: 01223 768594 Email:



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




How to find us



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: City Sightseeing bus also stops outside the Museum. For Park & Ride information visit:

Fitzwilliam Museum Trumpington Street • Cambridge • CB2 1RB Tel: 01223 332900 Email: The Fitzwilliam Museum gratefully acknowledges the assistance of Art Fund as a major supporter of acquisitions.

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What's On January - April 2019  

Programme of exhibitions and events

What's On January - April 2019  

Programme of exhibitions and events