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What’s On May - August 2014

Exhibitions and events

A message from the Director

There is a lot to see and do at the Fitzwilliam Museum this Summer. By the time you read this, the portico of the Founder’s Building will have emerged from scaffolding after its restoration, cleaning and relighting. When entering the Museum, don’t forget to look up at the ornate coffered ceiling of the portico, which has also been conserved. If you want a closer look, a section of the plasterwork will be on display in the Courtyard. All this will ensure that the Museum looks its best on Monday 7 July, when we will have a front row seat of the world’s greatest cycling race as stage 3 passes down Trumpington Street at 12.30. For details of associated events see page 20. Inside the Museum, the Dutch Gallery (15) and the Charrington Print Room (16) will reopen, while the Shiba Gallery (14)

will host the exhibition La Grande Guerre, which forms part of the First World War Centenary Partnership celebrations, on display from 20 May – 28 September. Meanwhile, from 27 May - 27 July, Discoveries: Art, Science and Exploration from the University of Cambridge Museums will be shown in the Mellon Gallery (13). This exhibition, successfully shown in London earlier this year, is now back home – so that visitors to Cambridge can enjoy the confrontation between a dodo skeleton, 22 pairs of snow goggles,

Captain Scott’s telescope and G.B. Pittoni’s preposterous imaginary monument to Sir Isaac Newton. All eight University of Cambridge Museums have contributed thoughtprovoking objects, reflecting the voyages of learning, exploration, invention and 2

discovery that led them to end up here in Cambridge. We hope it will encourage you to ‘discover’ the other University of Cambridge Museums themselves, all within walking distance of the Fitzwilliam Museum.

We also look forward to the annual Museums at Night festival, which sees the Fitzwilliam Museum, Kettle’s Yard, The Polar Museum, Whipple Museum, Museum of Classical Archaeology and Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology opening after hours on 16 May, with special activities programmed across all the sites.

The Fitzwilliam Museum is always adding to its collections. On show in Gallery 1 are five works by Stanley Spencer, acquired through HM Government’s acceptance in lieu scheme, with additional support from the Art Fund, the V&A Purchase Grant Fund and the Friends of the Fitzwilliam. They include one of his most significant early paintings, John Donne arriving in Heaven, shown at the Impressionist Exhibition of 1912, two preliminary sketches documenting his experiences of World War 1, as well as studies for an unexecuted mural for the University Library depicting the Tower of Babel. These new acquisitions significantly enrich the Museum’s representation of Spencer’s work, making the Fitzwilliam one of the most important places to study the artist outside London. Also new is a gift from celebrated potter and author, Edmund de Waal. In plain sight comprises 20 porcelain vessels in 3 aluminium, glass and plexiglass vitrines, and was created by de Waal specifically for an eighteenth-century bureau bookcase in the Fitzwilliam’s Lower Marlay Gallery (26). By complete contrast is an array of elaborate nineteenth-century Copeland porcelain, on show in the Glaisher Gallery (27), recently purchased at the sale of Trellissick House in Cornwall, home

of the Copeland family who owned the prolific porcelain factory. The pieces we acquired – including a complete dessert service, and extravagantly decorated ‘cabinet’ wares in a variety of historical styles, including ‘Kashmiri’ - are in mint condition. We have relatively little porcelain of this kind, the collectors who enriched the Museum’s collection half a century ago probably thought it too vulgar and Victorian! Finally, look out for the fine full-length portrait of Phillip II of Spain in armour by Anthonis Mor in the Armoury. Long consigned to storage, the careful depiction of the King’s damascened breastplate, chain mail and rapier shows how these items were

worn, and compliment actual examples on view in the cases. He is the first of a series of portraits depicting armed men that will eventually be shown here. Meanwhile, in Gallery 4, don’t miss Polyphemus devouring a Sailor, a white marble sculpture attributed to the eighteenth-century French sculptor, Claude David, who spent several years working in England. Lent to the Museum by a private collector, it shows the one-eyed giant reclining on the ground - about to snack on the leg of one of his victims!

Tim Knox Director and Marlay Curator 3

Exhibitions Discoveries Art, Science and Exploration from the University of Cambridge Museums 27 May – 27 July Mellon Gallery (13) LATE NIGHT Thursday 3 July until 20.00 Following recent success at London’s Two Temple Place, the Fitzwilliam Museum is pleased to be able to display a smaller version of the Discoveries exhibition the first major show to bring together the fascinating collections from all eight University of Cambridge Museums. The exhibition challenges and responds to the very notion of ‘discovery’, displaying objects that span millennia; from artworks to scientific artefacts, historic instruments to rare zoological specimens. It is about imagination and knowledge, the pleasures of looking and the power of objects to generate wonder as well as new ideas. Please visit our website for more information. See pages 7 & 8 for complementary events.

Thomas Akilak (b.1961), Drum Dancer, 1987 © The Polar Museum


La Grande Guerre: French prints of the First World War 20 May – 28 September Shiba Gallery (14) The first seven months of World War I are dramatically illustrated in the colour lithographs and woodcuts of the series La Grande Guerre. Scenes of action in the form of battles, sieges and airstrikes are punctuated by moments of relative repose, including commemorations, award ceremonies and depictions of the Allied forces, such as the English and Scottish taking five o’clock tea and Indian soldiers at prayer. The prints will be shown in chronological order, so visitors to the gallery can experience a retelling of events from the perspective of France, from the taking of the first flag during the Battle of Saint-Blaise La Roche (14 August 1914) to the Fall of Przemysl (22 March 1915). See page 7 for complementary lunchtime talk.

Unknown artist, Les Hindous, 1914 (detail) Colour lithograph, no. 16 in the series La Grande Guerre



The Rampant Lions Press: A letterpress odyssey

Building an Empire: Money, trade and power in the age of Charlemagne

Until 18 May Octagon Gallery (10)

3 June – 3 August Octagon Gallery (10)

Inspired by the venerable tradition of private presses in England, the Rampant Lions Press was a small publisher of fine editions and a designer-printer for other publishers. They printed all books by letterpress, mostly on hand or mould-made papers and specialised in elegant, but colourful typography that made inventive use of a small repertoire of exceptional metal typefaces, including several designed by Hermann Zapf and the Golden Cockerel Roman designed by Eric Gill. The work of the Rampant Lions Press was the subject of a retrospective exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum in 1982. This exhibition displays a selection of their books produced since then.

This exhibition marks the 1200th anniversary of the death of Charlemagne, ‘beacon, king and father of Europe’. A selection of the finest medieval coins from the Fitzwilliam Museum’s own collection (Frankish, AngloSaxon, Viking, Byzantine and Islamic) will be on show to illustrate the complex political, economic and cultural ties of the period.

RELATED DISPLAY Art, revolution and war: France, 1789 - 1914 Until 28 September Glaisher Gallery (27) Medals, coins and banknotes depict key moments in the political and artistic history of France.

Sebastian Carter, Wood letter alphabet (detail), Miscellany 2 Rampant Lions Press, 1998

Silver denier of Charlemagne struck at Quentovic between 812 and 814 showing ship with bird at masthead


Lunchtime Talks Enjoy a variety of free lunchtime talks by members of staff and guest speakers. Talks take place on Wednesdays from 13.15 – 14.00 in the Seminar Room (space may be limited), unless otherwise stated. Admission is by token, 1 per person, available at the Courtyard Entrance desk from 12.45 on the day of the talk. Induction loop available.

14 May

18 June

6 August

History of Chinese art sales and collecting in the UK

Making sense of the Whipple Museum’s Muggletonian astronomical prints

La Grande Guerre: A WWI Centenary exhibition of French prints

Dr Joshua Nall, Assistant Curator, Whipple Museum of the History of Science

Elenor Ling, Exhibition Curator and Researcher (Paintings, Drawings and Prints)

Hajini Elias, MPhil student, Cambridge University

28 May

Hidden music: The mystery of early Chinese bronze vessels with bells Kirie Stromberg, MPhil student, Cambridge University

11 June

The age of the collector: History of the Woodwardian and Sedgwick Museums Ken McNamara, Director of the Sedgwick (and Woodwardian) Museums

9 July

Fish and flowers: Roman mosaic glass plaques Dr Lucilla Burn, Keeper (Antiquities)

25 June

Inside the refurbished Dutch Gallery: The shape of things to come Jane Munro, Acting Keeper (Paintings, Drawings and Prints) and colleagues Gallery 15

23 July

Recreating ancient everyday life within the Museum Dr Anastasia Christophilopoulou, Outreach Officer Greece and Rome


20 August

Coins and currency in the crusader states Dr Richard Kelleher, Assistant Keeper (Coins and Medals) Winner of the British Numismatic Society’s Blunt Prize for 2014

27 August

Fantastical pottery creatures by Andrew Hull Kathy Niblett, Author of Andrew Hull: Artist and Sculptor Designs since 1986

Tuesdays 20 May, 17 June, 15 July & 12 August 13.15 –13.45

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

Special Events



Thursday 8 May 18.30 – 20.30 Galleries 3 & 4

Practice your Italian in these art and language events with Victoria Avery, Keeper of Applied Arts.

Poussin’s Extreme Unction: Art and sacrament in an age of controversy Learn more about the subject of Nicolas Poussin’s moving masterpiece Extreme Unction and the historical context in which it was painted from Eamon Duffy, Professor of the History of Christianity, University of Cambridge. Includes a reception and an opportunity to view Poussin’s painting after the talk. FREE but booking essential, tel: 01223 332904 or email:

Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665), Extreme Unction, 1638-1640 (detail) Reproduction of James Watson and Francis Crick’s 1953 skeletal model of DNA © MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge

In collaboration with La Dante Italian Cultural Centre, Cambridge. Booking essential tel: 01223 315191 or email:


Friday 23 May 13.00 –14.00

Join five Cambridge museum directors as they debate how differing notions and meanings of ‘discovery’ have enriched our understanding of the world and inspired the creation of their extraordinary collections.

Italian Renaissance objects handling session Handle beautiful examples of Italian Renaissance bronzes and maiolica from the Fitzwilliam’s reserve collection and learn how and why they were made. £5 per person

Friday 6 June 13.00 –14.00

Italian galleries highlight tour Learn about the highlight pieces of art in the Italian Galleries including paintings, sculpture, furniture, maiolica and glass. £5 per person 8

Tuesday 10 June 18.00 – 20.00

The Nature of Discovery

£5 Booking essential, tel: 01223 332904 or email:

Museums at Night Friday 16 May Open until 21.00 Come and explore the Fitzwilliam Museum and its world class collections after hours. •

Listen to a selection of song poems in Gallery 3 – part of Cycle of Songs, which celebrates the start of the third stage of the world’s greatest cycling race from Cambridge on 7 July.

• Learn about our conservation work with special talks down in the Seminar Room. •

Sign up for 'Exploring Boundaries' - a unique Museum tour led by Philip Stephenson (Senior Lecturer, Homerton College) and Julia Tozer (former Head of Education at the Fitzwilliam), with plenty of chance for discussion.

• Make your way to our welcome desk for Museum trails and drawing activities to try in the galleries. • Stop for a break in our Courtyard café and listen to live music by a vintage skiffle band. Then treat yourself to a unique gift from our Museum shop. Late night openings will also be taking place at Kettle’s Yard, The Polar Museum, Whipple Museum, Museum of Classical Archaeology and Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. For full details visit: FREE

Cornelis Vermeulen (1644-1708/09), River scene by moonlight (detail)


Adult Courses & Workshops Booking essential. To register your interest please contact 01223 332904 or email Places will be confirmed on receipt of payment.


A question of style

Discover new ways of working at this artist led workshop inspired by Museum exhibitions and collections, with different themes each month.

A new five week course led by Deborah Monteiro, art historian and adult education tutor, which charts the history of styles from the medieval period to the 21st century, using examples from across the Museum’s collections, as detailed below.

Fridays • 10.15 –12.00 23 May Colour and shape with mono printing, inspired by the Islamic collection

Wednesdays 14, 21 & 28 May 14.30 –15.30

Behind the doors and inside the drawers Take a closer look at the furniture and long case clocks in our collection with the people who care for them: Margaret Clarke (Fitzwilliam Applied Arts Department) and Brian Jackson (British Horological Institute) who has fifty years’ experience of working with watches and clocks. £25 (£15 concessions and Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum)

Fridays • 14.00 –15.30

27 June Watercolours and ink; with a look at feathers from the Museum of Zoology handling collection, and paintings at the Fitzwilliam

6 June The courtly Gothic and classical styles

25 July Painting miniatures, with inspiration from the Rothschild Gallery

20 June Fabulous and frivolous: the Rococo

Please note: places are limited to 15 and booking for each session opens on the first day of that month. £10 per workshop

13 June Mannerism and showing off in the Baroque

27 June Revival styles of empire and the Arts and Crafts Movement 4 July The dawn of the modern age-isms galore £80 (£65 concessions and Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum)

Thomas Tompion (1639-1713), Longcase equation and astronomical clock, 1675-1680


Saturday 3 May 15.00 –16.30

Nicholas Hilliard’s art of the miniature Discover the working methods of Hilliard with Conservator and Artist, Philippa Abrahams. Artists’ materials will be available to view and the talk will be illustrated with slides of miniatures from the Fitzwilliam’s collection and Abrahams’ own work, which follows Hilliard’s techniques. Planned in collaboration with the 2014 Festival of the Voice, celebrating the 40th and final year of The Hilliard Ensemble. £8 (£5 concessions and Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum)

SKETCH Enjoy sketching? Join this friendly drawing group inspired by the Fitzwilliam’s exhibitions and collections, with a different focus every month. Bring your own sketchbook, pencils and ideas or borrow ours. This is not an artist led session. Fridays • 10.15 –12.15 9 May From root to tip: Botanical art in Britain 13 June Cypriot pots

Wednesday 27 August 10.15 –16.00 (break for lunch at 13.00)

Caricature: Portraits giving a different view Guided by artist Andrew Hull, participants will explore, in clay, the merging of two images to depict a caricatured portrait to be proud of! Please bring a photo of yourself and a picture of a bird which you like. £40 (£35 concessions and Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum)

11 July Furniture and interiors £5 per session

Nicholas Hilliard (1547 – 1619), Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton, 1594 Andrew Hull, Parenthood, 2011 © The artist


FREE drop-in events at a glance

APRIL 27 Sun Music

Goldenberg Duo


Gallery 3

MAY 3 Sat

Drop-In Family First Saturday

14.00 –16.00

Courtyard Entrance

Chamber music

13.15 –14.00

Gallery 3

11 Sun Music

Songs of Love, Songs of Departure

13.15 –14.00

14 Wed Talk

History of Chinese art collecting 13.15 –14.00

4 Sun Music

16 Fri

Drop-In Museums at Night

18 Sun Music 20 Tue

13.15 –14.00

Drop-In Art Speak Piano recital

28 Wed Talk

Hidden Chinese Music

Open until 21.00 Fitzwilliam Museum

The Hermes Experiment

25 Sun Music

Gallery 3 Seminar Room

Drop-In Drawing together

Gallery 3

13.15 –13.45

Courtyard Entrance

13.15 –14.00

Gallery 3

13.15 –14.00

Seminar Room

12.00 –16.00

Courtyard Entrance

JUNE 1 Sun Music 7 Sat

Mischievous Mozart to Fabulous Folk 13.15 –14.00

Drop-In Family First Saturday

14.00 –16.00

Gallery 3 Courtyard Entrance

8 Sun Music

Perspectives on the Bach Suites

13.15 –14.00

Gallery 3

11 Wed Talk

The age of the collector

13.15 –14.00

Seminar Room

17 Tue

Drop-In Art Speak

13.15 –13.45

Courtyard Entrance

18 Wed Talk

Muggletonian astronomical prints 13.15 –14.00

Seminar Room

25 Wed Talk

Refurbished Dutch Gallery

Gallery 15

13.15 –14.00

Cover image: Woodward Cabinet Drawers, Cabinet E Drawer 27: Bones, teeth etc of fishes (detail) © The Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences A Message from the Director images: Dodo skeleton © Museum of Zoology; Forepart of a hollow cast lion, c.800BC-601BC © The Fitzwilliam Museum; Anthonis Mor (1517-1577), Philip II of Spain, 1557 © The Fitzwilliam Museum


JULY 5 Sat

Drop-In Family First Saturday

9 Wed Talk 15 Tue

12.00 –18.00

Roman mosaic glass plaques

Drop-In Art Speak

Parker’s Piece

13.15 –14.00

Seminar Room

13.15 –13.45

Courtyard Entrance

20 Sun Music

Cambridge Summer Music Festival 13.15 –14.00

Gallery 3

23 Wed Talk

Recreating ancient everyday life 13.15 –14.00

Seminar Room

27 Sun Music

Cambridge Summer Music Festival 13.15 –14.00

Gallery 3


Drop-In Family First Saturday

2 Sat



Drop-In Family art week

14.00 –16.00

Cambridge Summer Music Festival 13.15 –14.00

12 Tue

Gallery 3

11.00 –13.00 &

6 Wed Talk

Courtyard Entrance

La Grande Guerre

Drop-In Art Speak

14.00 –16.00

Education Studio

13.15 –14.00

Seminar Room

13.15 –13.45

Courtyard Entrance

20 Wed Talk

Crusader states coins & currency 13.15 –14.00

Seminar Room

27 Wed Talk

Fantastical pottery creatures

Seminar Room

13.15 –14.00

GUIDED TOURS Saturdays 14.30 Enjoy a one-hour introductory tour of the Museum with a Blue Badge Guide. Meet at the Courtyard Entrance. £6

Guided tours for private groups are also available through Cambridge Tourist Information Centre, tel: 01223 457574 or email: 13

Music Promenade Concerts Sundays 13.15 FREE Gallery 3 Admission is by token, 1 per person, available at the Founder’s 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.

Enjoy a series of popular Promenade Concerts, with music performed by talented musicians in the beautiful surroundings of the Museum. 27 April

11 May

25 May

Goldenberg Duo

Songs of Love, Songs of Departure

Lynn Carter piano Bach, Brahms, Liszt

Carris Jones mezzo-soprano Libby Burgess piano Schumann, Strauss, Poulenc

1 June

Susan Goldenberg violin William Goldenberg piano Copland, Vaughan Williams, Schumann 4 May

18 May

Instrumental award holders for chamber music

The Hermes Experiment

A variety of works played by the very best undergraduate chamber musicians

Héloïse Werner soprano Oliver Pashley clarinet Anne Denholm harp Marianne Schofield double bass Coleman, Gershwin, Piazzolla

Mischievous Mozart to Fabulous Folk The Reid Sisters Violin Duo Alexandra Reid violin Charlotte Reid violin Mozart, Schnittke, Bartók 8 June

Perspectives on the Bach Suites Veronica Henderson cello Bach, Jacob, Britten

Henry Purcell, Service in Bb Flat Creed, folio 301 verso


Sunday 6 July 12.30 Gallery 3


Britten Sinfonia Academy

Thursday 24 July 19.30 Gallery 3

See a performance from some of the most talented classical musicians of secondary school age from the East of England. This concert will pair dynamic and key pieces of repertoire with an exciting new commission, this time by one of Britten Sinfonia's long term collaborators, Philip Cashian. Philip spent a weekend in residence with the Academy at the Fitzwilliam; working on musical ideas inspired by the paintings, in particular La Petite Afrique III by Graham Sutherland. Concert programme to include pieces by Cashian Strix (new commission), Schubert Piano Quintet in A major IV (Trout Quintet), Stravinsky Danse Concertantes: 1. Marche Introduction, Bartok Romanian Folk Dances, Villa Lobos Bachieras Brasilieras no. 5, Milhaud La cheminée du roi René, and Beethoven Coriolan Overture. £8 (£6 Cam Card holders, Britten Sinfonia subscribers and Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum; £3 students and under 18s). Booking essential, tel: 01223 332904 or email:

Evening concert Enjoy a programme of music by English composers written around the time of the First World War, including Butterworth's A Shropshire Lad and songs by Vaughan Williams, Elgar, Ivor Gurney and Gerald Finzi. Performed by the acclaimed baritone, Roderick Williams, and Gary Matthewman (piano). £18, includes a glass of wine. Tickets available from City Centre Box Office, Wheeler Street, Cambridge. Tel: 01223 357851 from 1 May

Sundays 20, 27 July & Saturday 2 August 13.15 Gallery 3

Music Proms For more information visit: www.cambridgesummermusic. com/events/


Families Drop-in to all events for free, unless otherwise stated

Wednesday 14 May (repeated 20 May) Wednesday 2 July (repeated 8 July) 10.00 –11.30 Ages 2 – 5, accompanied by an adult

It’s Magic!

Family First Saturdays On the first Saturday of each month visit our Fitz Family Welcome Point in the Courtyard and collect drawing materials, activities and trails to use throughout the Museum, exploring a variety of themes. Saturdays • 14.00 –16.00 3 May Portraits

Saturday 24 May 10.30 –12.30 Ages 5+, under 8’s must be accompanied by an adult

Making a mark Explore the Museum’s collections through experimental drawing. Continue your drawing in our studio using a variety of materials on a gigantic scale. £5 per child

Looking at art can be magical. Explore work in the collections and make art of your own in the studio to take home. £3 per child

Wednesday 28 May 12.00 –16.00 All Ages

Drawing together Drop-in and draw at the Museum with activities available from the Fitz Family Welcome Point. FREE

7 June Pattern 5 July This month’s session will be transported to Parker’s Piece. Join us there for the Big Weekend and cycling race celebrations. - see page 20. 2 August Sculpture FREE 16

Saturday 7 June 10.30 –12.30 Ages 8+

Building explorer Investigate how artists and craftspeople have depicted architecture and made use of perspective. Then create your own paper sculpture, inspired by paintings in the Museum. £5 per child

Saturday 28 June 10.30 –12.30 Ages 5+, under 8’s must be accompanied by an adult

Body building Go on a tour of the Museum to discover how people have depicted the human body throughout history. Afterwards create your own sculptures inspired by people within the Museum’s collections. £5 per child

Tuesday 5 – Thursday 7 August Drop-in any time between 11.00 –13.00 & 14.00 –16.00 All Ages

Family art week at the Fitzwilliam Pop in for a taste of our family programme at the Fitzwilliam Museum. Create your own works of art to take home or add to our group installation. On each of the three days we will be exploring and experimenting with a different art material, using the Museum’s collections for creative inspiration. FREE

Fitz Kits Discover our range of Fitz Kits with games and puzzles to take you on a journey around the Museum, available at both entrances.

Story Starters (2-6 years) Pick up a satchel containing a picture book and activities to help little ones explore the galleries. Available at both entrances.

Supported by Cambridge University Press

Gallery Trails Choose from a selection of themed gallery trails available at both entrances.


Young People Booking essential. To register your interest please contact 01223 332904 or email Places will be confirmed on receipt of payment.

ReSource Ages 13 –18 Enjoy art and want to develop your own ideas and projects? Join us in our art studio with a different guest artist each month. These sessions are specifically designed for young people. Saturdays • 11.00 –13.00 10 May Insects inspired reduction lino printing with Lucy Mazur 14 June Symbols in paintings with Ella McCartney

Saturday 19 July 14.00 –16.00 Ages 12 –18

pARTy Join us to celebrate Arts Award at the University of Cambridge Museums! Use our collections as inspiration to make your own art with members of our Education Department, and guest artist Susie Olczak. Suitable for those interested or working towards an Arts Award. Ticket includes yummy cakes and music on the Museum lawn. £5

12 July Sculpture and 3D in clay with Susie Olczak £5 per session


University of Cambridge Museums

Friday 16 May

19 July – 6 September

Museums at Night

Summer at the Museums

Drop-in and enjoy an evening of talks, trails and grown up fun. Live music at the Fitzwilliam and Kettle’s Yard; science buskers at The Polar Museum; top researchers at the Whipple Museum; wine and spotlight talks at the Museum of Classical Archaeology; and Chilean artists with their artisan jewellery at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

Our annual programme of events for families is back! Enjoy hands-on activities, trails, workshops and creative fun throughout the holidays. summer

The University of Cambridge Museums and collections Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology Cambridge University Botanic Garden Museum of Classical Archaeology Fitzwilliam Museum Kettle's Yard The Polar Museum The Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences museumsatnight

The Whipple Museum of the History of Science

FREE Supported using public funding by Arts Council England

Museum of Zoology* *Museum of Zoology is closed for redevelopment and will reopen in 2016. Throughout the museum’s refurbishment work there will continue to be a programme of public events for all to enjoy:

Moche pot from Peru Image courtesy of Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology


Le Tour de France

1-12 July 10.00 –16.00

Saturday 5 July

Reinventing the wheel: Bicycles in the Polar regions

Parker’s Piece (Make & Create Tent)

The Polar Museum Join us at The Polar Museum and discover how and why bicycle wheels were used on ice in this temporary exhibition. The Museum will also be open on Sunday 6 July in celebration of the world’s greatest cycling race in Cambridge. Drop-in activities available Saturday 5 – Sunday 6 July. museum/

Cycle your way to Discover

Big Weekend

As part of cycling race celebrations, drop-in to the University of Cambridge Museums stall for handson activities and a cycle powered cinema showing films made by local children. Visit our website for further information on this and other related activities: tdf FREE

Ages 5+ Purchase a self-led activities booklet, inspired by cycling themes, to achieve an Arts Award Discover - a certified introduction to the arts, which will get you exploring the collections of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Kettle’s Yard, The Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences and The Polar Museum. Available from July 2014. For more information visit: tdf


These events form part of the Velo Festival - celebrating cycling in Cambridgeshire through culture & sport:


Cycle of Songs 2014 The visit of the race to Cambridge in July will be marked by an inspiring new cycle of songs. The cycle will be developed and performed by composers, local musicians, choirs, poets, historians and schools, inspired by iconic locations along the route. Using cuttingedge technology and new compositions, this project will draw on the city’s rich choral traditions and history. The works will tell untold hidden stories from the city’s history, and will be performed by different groups in the lead up to the start of the third stage of the race on 7 July. For more information about the project and how you can get involved visit:

Bicycle © smaedli (Flickr Creative Commons)


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Induction loop available

During your visit if you have any questions or need help, please speak to a member of staff at the entrance desks. Courtyard Shop Visit the shop for a range of gifts inspired by the collections. Courtyard Café 10.00–16.30 Lunches from 11.30– 15.30. For reservations tel: 01223 764402 North Lawn Café Fresh sandwiches, salads and drinks in an al fresco setting. Open March to October, weather permitting.

Gallery Hire For details of gallery hire for events, tel: 01223 332921. Access • Please use Courtyard Entrance for street level access and entrance for groups and schools • Fully accessible WCs and lift access to all floors • All displays accessible apart from balcony in Gallery 3 and Sasakawa Fan Gallery. Please ask a member of staff for further information. 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.


Education & Families • Free family activities and trails available from entrance desks • A wide and flexible range of teaching and practical sessions for pre-booked school groups • In-service training for teachers and pre-service training for students available Reference Library By advance appointment - readers are required to provide identification on admission. Open Tuesday – Friday 10.00-16.30. Tel: 01223 764398 or email: fitzmuseum-library@lists. Study Room Individual and group access to the collection of paintings, prints, drawings 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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What's On May August 2014  

Programme of exhibitions and events

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