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WHAT’S ON January – April 2018

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.

Closures From April urgent repairs to the ceiling and lantern in Gallery 3 will begin. The gallery will be closed for the remainder of the year. The Museum will also be closed to the public on Tuesday 20 February for essential maintenance work.

A message from the Director

Tim Knox appointed Director of the Royal Collection Trust This is a very poignant introduction to our What’s On for me in that it will be the last one I write as Director here. I have had the great honour to be appointed as the next Director of the Royal Collection Trust. I look forward to building upon the tremendous achievements of my predecessors in this role, and to working with the people who care for this national treasure. What excites me most is that this is a living collection with an extraordinary sense of historical continuity. I have been Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum since April 2013 and have loved running this wonderful Cambridge institution.

During my time here we have completed a series of major improvements to the buildings and I have also initiated and developed with colleagues a comprehensive Masterplan for the Fitzwilliam Museum, working with the architects MUMA and the University’s Estates Department. Our exhibitions have been widely acclaimed for their intelligence and public appeal, showcasing the strengths of the Fitzwilliam collection, with a special emphasis on conservation and research. I am also proud to have secured a number of major new acquisitions for the Fitzwilliam, such as Pedro de Mena’s Virgin of Sorrows, the Castle Howard Cabinets, and Jean-Léon Gérôme’s Portrait of his brother, ClaudeArmand. The last two marked the very successful celebrations of the bicentenary of the founding of the Fitzwilliam Museum in 1816. The strength of our public programme continues and I recommend the exhibitions and events outlined in the following pages.

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.

Location Key 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 21 Greece & Rome 22 Cyprus 33 Arts of the Near East 34 Fan Gallery 35 Seminar Room 36 Studio


Exhibitions 4 Last Chance to See


Special Events 11 Study Day 14 Families 15 Children’s Workshops


Young People 18 Displays 20 Tours 23 Talks


Adults 26 Blind and Partially Sighted


Music 28 University of Cambridge Museums & Botanic Garden


Visitor Information


Support the Fitzwilliam


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


Cover image: © Elizabeth Fritsch / © The estates of Lucie Rie and Norah Braden






Things of Beauty Growing: British studio pottery 20 March – 18 June 11, 12 & 13  For almost one hundred years, British potters have led the way in re-inventing traditional ceramic forms. Things of Beauty Growing showcases the history and ongoing practice of one of the most dynamic art forms in the UK today, by tracing the changing nature of British studio pottery through the evolution of specific types of vessel: the moon jar, vase, bowl, charger, set, vessel, pot and monument. Featuring works from museums and private collections across the UK and America, the exhibition shows that studio pottery is a global story, with pots and potters travelling between Britain, continental Europe, Asia, Africa, and beyond. This exhibition is the largest of its kind in recent times, with over 100 historic and contemporary ceramics by potters including Bernard Leach, Lucie Rie, Hans Coper, Edmund de Waal, Alison Britton, Grayson Perry and Julian Stair. As part of the exhibition, Clare Twomey’s monumental Made in China will be installed around the Museum. Comprising 80 large-scale porcelain vases, it highlights the difference in labour conditions between East and West.

Things of Beauty Growing is a collaboration with Yale Center for British Art, New Haven (USA), where it was first displayed and co-curated by Martina Droth (Deputy Director of Research and Curator of Sculpture at YCBA); Glenn Adamson (Senior Research Scholar at YCBA); and Simon Olding (Director, Crafts Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts, UK). The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue of the same name, available to purchase from the Courtyard Shop. Work by some of the artists featured in this exhibition will be included in a special display, curated jointly by the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Crafts Council, at Collect, the International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects (Saatchi Gallery, London, 22-25 February 2018): For exhibition events look out for the

Halima Cassel, Virtues of Unity © The Artist • Photography by Jon Stokes





Flux: Parian unpacked 6 March – 1 July 10 Who writes history? Whose histories define Britishness, and how does this change over time? Why do museums celebrate the lives of some people and ignore others? Exploring themes of mass production, celebrity, colonialism and our notion of history, this impressive installation by ceramic artist and curator, Matt Smith, features over 100 sculptural Parian busts from the Glynn collection. Highlighting previously widely-celebrated 19th-century figures, Matt challenges the traditional reading of these figures and their achievements. Parian is a fine, unglazed porcelain resembling marble. It is an unstable material, and the unpredictability of it provides a platform from which we can examine our changing views of history and our changing opinions of those individuals depicted – accepting that our understanding of the past is always in flux. New work in Parian made by Matt will also be placed around the galleries in the Museum, challenging us to look at the permanent collection in a new light. An illustrated catalogue is available to purchase from the Courtyard Shop. For exhibition events look out for the


The Glynn collection of over 300 pieces of Parian was accepted by HM Government in lieu of Inheritance Tax from the estate of G. D. V. Glynn, and allocated to The Fitzwilliam Museum in 2016.

Marcus Ward & Co. after Kate Greenaway (1846-1901), The Surprise, valentine, chromolithograph, c. 1876


The Object of My Affection: stories of love from the Fitzwilliam collection 30 January – 28 May 14 Love is very much in the air in this exhibition, which contains objects alive with the range of emotions that it commands; from admiration and affection, joy and passion, longing and despair, to insults, indifference, grief and remembrance. The exhibition showcases the Fitzwilliam Museum’s collection of valentines, which date from the 18th century to the 20th, and include a wide variety of sentimental and decorative types as well as comic examples. Alongside the valentines will be an assortment of other objects relating to the theme of love, including posy rings, love tokens and works by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882) and James Gillray (1756-1815). For complementary events see pages 16, 24 and 26.




Israhel van Meckenem (c.1445-1503), Portrait of the artist with his wife, Ida, c.1480-85 (detail), engraving. Bequeathed by the Rev. Richard Edward Kerrich, 1876

Designed to Impress 13 March – 2 September 16 Focussing on key objects from the 15th to the 21st centuries, this exhibition will feature a selection of some of the Fitzwilliam’s most spectacular prints, and gives visitors an insight into the extraordinary breadth of the collection. See works by some of the greatest Old Master printmakers, including Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669), Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) and Anthony Van Dyck (1599-1641), hanging alongside prints by later artists such as James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) and Pablo Picasso (1881-1973).


Band sampler with framing border, 1801, inscribed ‘Elizabeth Bates’ (detail)


Sampled Lives: samplers from The Fitzwilliam Museum Extended by popular demand until 7 October (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. For complementary events see pages 19 and 26. * Visit to discover themes and highlights of the exhibition.

Last Chance to See


Degas: a passion for perfection

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Until 14 January 13 A chance to see the Fitzwilliam's works by Degas alongside international loans. The exhibition highlights the themes most prominent in his work, as well as his artistic legacy. For complementary events see pages 23 and 26.

Degas, caricature and modernity: Daumier, Gavarni, Keene Until 4 January 14 Look at three caricaturists and satirists whose work Degas admired and collected in large numbers: Honoré Daumier, Paul Gavarni and Charles Keene.

Degas’s Drinker: portraits by Marcellin Desboutin Until 25 February 16 Edgar Degas and fellow artist Marcellin Desboutin shared a passion for printmaking. Here explore the Museum’s rare collection of Desboutin’s prints in drypoint.

Codebreakers and Groundbreakers Until 4 February 10 This exhibition tells the stories of codebreakers such as Alan Turing and Michael Ventris, and unravels the history of language decipherment and codebreaking through many rarely seen objects. For complementary events see pages 17, 23 and 29.

Terra Firma Until 4 February 8 The central motif of the ‘secret’, by artist Pallavi Paul, invites visitors to engage with ideas of espionage, secrecy and the world of information by viewing, reading and walking on this artwork. Terra Firma is co-commissioned by University of Cambridge Museums and Wysing Arts Centre with support from Diversity Art Forum.

Special Events The Book of the Dead of Ramose: special viewing of an Egyptian masterpiece Saturday 10 February 10.00 – 16.30 FREE BOOKING ESSENTIAL • TIMED ENTRY 13 After the popularity of the special viewing in July 2017, the Book of the Dead of Ramose will again be laid out in a long stretch for one day, giving visitors a chance to view this rarely-seen papyrus. The papyrus is one of the finest examples of funerary literature to have survived from ancient Egypt. Experts will be on hand to answer questions. Entry will be by timed tickets only. These can be booked in advance through the University of Cambridge online store: The Book of the Dead of Ramose (detail), New Kingdom, reign of Seti I

Twilight at the Museums Tuesday 13 February 16.30 – 19.30 All ages FREE Drop-in Join us for the University of Cambridge Museums’ (UCM) annual Twilight event. This year we will be bringing the Museum to life with colour. Outside, the building will be lit up by Ross Ashton’s beautiful projection of objects from across the UCM collections, produced for the e-Luminate Cambridge Festival. Inside, families can explore an evening of fun encounters with colour, along with demonstrations, musical performances, and play.



Special Events

How should we talk about civilisation? Panel discussion with:

Mary Beard Professor of Classics, Cambridge University and co-presenter of Civilisations

Sadiah Qureshi Senior Lecturer in Modern History, Birmingham University

Matt Smith Artist and curator of Flux, Professor of Ceramics and Glass, Konstfack University Stockholm Tuesday 6 March Doors open 18.30 with a chance to view Flux exhibition, and some archive BBC film clips Debate: 19.00 – 20.00 £10 • BOOKING ESSENTIAL Visit: or tel: 01223 357851 7 Half of the available seats will be reserved free of charge for sixth form students, but they do need to be booked. If you are an interested sixth form teacher or student please email: In 1969, Kenneth Clark, in his iconic television series, asked the British people: 'What is civilisation?' Nearly fifty years on, the BBC is returning to Clark's question and responding with a range of 'personal views' from some of our leading historians and curators today. The BBC has called the series and the accompanying season Civilisations because they want to celebrate a wide range of responses. The Civilisations Festival runs from 2 – 11 March, which coincides with the opening of our Flux exhibition, featuring 100 sculptural busts in Parian – a kind of porcelain. The subjects include well known 19th-century figures but curator Matt Smith asks why do museums celebrate the lives of some people and ignore others? Who writes history? Whose histories define Britishness, and how does this change over time?

Cambridge Literary Festival MR LEAR A Life of Art and Nonsense Sunday 15 April 10.45 – 12.00 (doors open at 10.30) Tickets available from mid-February For further information visit: 3 Acclaimed biographer Jenny Uglow introduces her joyful and moving appreciation of Edward Lear’s extraordinary life and work. We know Edward Lear as a genius of nonsense, full of shocks and surprises, and as a poet of strange loves – The Owl and the Pussy Cat, The Dong with a Luminous Nose. We may know him, too, for his superb paintings of birds and animals – he is still regarded as one of the finest natural history painters – or for his luminous landscapes. But do we know that he taught Queen Victoria to draw, travelled alone across the wild Albanian mountains, or waded through muddy fields with Tennyson?

Image © Faber & Faber

Jenny’s talk will follow Lear from his troubled childhood to his striving as an artist, tracking his swooping moods, passionate friendships and restless travels. And as we travel with him, his ‘nonsenses’ are elegantly unpicked – without losing any of their fun – and his complex poetic genius is revealed. After Jenny’s talk the audience will be able to see a specially curated display of autograph letters, watercolours, and drawings by Edward Lear from the Museum’s collections, in Gallery 3. There will also be the opportunity to see his oil painting of The Temple of Apollo at Bassae, on permanent display in Gallery 2.


Study Day


Matt Smith, After Gainsborough © The Artist

The museum is not neutral Monday 30 April 11.00 – 16.30 • Doors open 10.30 £35 (£20 concessions/Friends) • Includes tea or coffee on arrival and lunch BOOKING ESSENTIAL Visit: or tel: 01223 357851 Enter by Courtyard Entrance Museums are neither neutral nor static - they constantly change and often reflect how society sees itself. Whose stories and lives are shown is a constant negotiation, and it is often the role of artists to question and challenge the status quo. These negotiations can cause huge debate - from confederate statues in the United States to LGBT lanyards at the National Trust. The relationship between who we think we are and our objects and heritage is emotional and charged. Developed to accompany Flux, a newly commissioned exhibition created by Matt Smith in response to the collections at the Fitzwilliam Museum, this study day will explore how cultural organisations are shifting their focus, questioning our histories, and making themselves relevant to a wider public. Speakers include artist and curator Matt Smith; Richard Sandell, Professor of Museums Studies, University of Leicester; Catrin Jones, curator, The Holburne Museum and Jasleen Kaur, artist. No previous activist experience needed!

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 our new family trail made in collaboration with King’s Hedges School.

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. Why not try our brand new The Very Hungry Caterpillar story satchel?

Image © Martin Bond

Baby Play Mat 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…

Writers block

Love is all around us

Sensational senses

Potty about pots

6 January

3 February

3 March

7 April

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

Storytelling Storytelling lasts 30 minutes and leaves at 14.30. Recommended for Children under 5. Number restrictions apply for both, please collect a sticker from the welcome point.

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 musical magic

It’s musical magic

Tuesday 23 January 10.00 - 11.00 • 0 – 2 yrs £3 per child

Wednesday 24 January 10.00 – 11.30 • 2 – 5 yrs £3 per child

Come and explore our galleries through music, and be inspired to create musical art together with instrumentalists from the Academy of Ancient Music.

Work with instrumentalists from the Academy of Ancient Music to create songs and tunes inspired by objects in our collection. Make your own piece of musical art!

Children’s Workshops

Creative codebreakers

Listening to pictures

Casting call

Saturday 27 January 10.30 – 12.30 & 13.30 – 15.30 8 – 12 yrs £8 per child

Wednesday 21 March 10.00 – 11.00 & 13.30 – 14.30 0 – 5 yrs FREE

Saturday 21 April 10.30 – 12.30 5 – 7 yrs £8 per child

35 Do you have what it takes to create and crack codes? Take inspiration from our Codebreakers and Groundbreakers exhibition, and get hands on with our digital maker in residence.

It’s magic Tuesday 6 March 10.00 – 11.30 2 – 5 yrs £3 per child Looking at art can be magical. Explore work in the collections and make art of your own to take home.

Baby magic Wednesday 7 March 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, shapes, texture, sounds and movement. Enjoy the galleries together and get creative in the studio.

Join musicians from the Academy of Ancient Music as we try to imagine what our pictures might sound like. Browse the galleries for inspiration to create art of your own, and then listen as the musicians ‘play’ your drawings!

Making sense Saturday 24 March 10.30 – 12.30 & 13.30 – 15.30 8 – 12 yrs £8 per child Can you experience the Museum differently with all your senses? Turn your ideas into reality by combining art, science and technology in this digital making workshop.

Matt Smith, Untitled © The Artist

See the exhibition Flux, then join professional artist Kaitlin Fergerson to discover the processes and techniques used in casting, before trying it out for yourself.


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.

Source 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 & 24 February 10.15 – 16.00 15 – 19 yrs FREE 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 studio space with guest artists and arts specialists.

Explore Arts Award in a week! Tuesday 3 – Friday 6 April 10.15 - 15.00 11 – 14 yrs £85 (4 day course) Artists often test and explore materials. Take a tour of Things of Beauty Growing and handle objects to discover a range of materials used by artists and crafts people. Experiment to create your own artwork, and present in a mini-exhibition at the end of the week.

Portfolio and sketchbook reviews, plus arts career advice Friday 16 February 10.30 – 13.30 15 – 19 yrs FREE 36 A morning of art portfolio reviews and advice about art courses and career ideas. In collaboration with Anglia Ruskin School of Art, with university lecturers on hand to answer your questions. Plus at 14.00 artist Mali Morris will hold an informal Q&A session for students. Mali has taught and examined at many Departments of Fine Art, including Chelsea College of Art and Design and University of the Arts, London, where she was Senior Lecturer in Painting from 1991-2005. In March 2010 she was elected as a Member of the Royal Academy of Arts, where she is currently Chair of the Learning Committee. Part of RA250 at the Fitz, see page 20.

Young People

Berlin woolwork sampler, 19th century (detail)




11.00 – 13.00 13 – 18 yrs £5

14.00 – 16.00 11 – 13 yrs £5

In partnership with Brookes Cambridge



Enjoy art and want to develop your own ideas and projects? Join us in our art studio with a different guest artist each month for a series of art workshops designed to expand your painting and drawing skills. The sessions listed below are specifically designed for young people.

For the younger teens who would like to discover more about art and have fun making their own art in our studio with a different guest artist each month.

Sample this!

Be inspired by our samplers collection and join artist Lucy Mazur in the studio to make your own jeans patch using stitch art, collage, fabric pen and paints. Take home to embellish a jacket, jeans or bag.

Saturday 27 January Take inspiration from our samplers collection and join artist Lucy Mazur to make your own patch using stitch art. Take home to embellish a jacket, jeans or bag.

Get in touch Saturday 17 March Join artist Caroline Wendling to create your own clay sculptural forms, after works on display in our Flux exhibition.

Patch art Saturday 27 January

Stay in touch Saturday 17 March Explore our Flux exhibition, then join artist Caroline Wendling to create your own clay sculptural forms inspired by the show.

Rebuild Change of states

Saturday 14 April

Saturday 14 April

Bring your sketches and ideas from our Flux exhibition to the studio, and create your own sculpture from upcycling found objects, with artist Susie Olczak.

Can you make art from found objects? In this workshop sculptor Susie Olczak with help you to upcycle plastic collectables, rearranging them into your own new art works.



RA250 at the Fitz Mid February – December The Royal Academy is celebrating their 250th anniversary in 2018. As part of RA250 institutions around the country are joining in with their celebrations, including the Fitzwilliam Museum. Together we identified 6 Royal Academicians who have connections with Cambridge and the Fitz: Eileen Cooper, Stephen Chambers, Anne Desmet, Antony Gormley, Nigel Hall and Mali Morris. We asked each of them to select works from the Fitzwilliam collection, which they find inspiring, and to share why. See selected works in the galleries throughout the year with special interpretation, and pick up a commemorative leaflet (available from both entrances). Follow the University of Cambridge Museums’ blog for artist’s posts: and check our website for more information as the year progresses. For complementary artist events see pages 20 and 24.

Opens Tuesday 27 February 21 One of the themes brought out in the BBC series Civilisations is how we look at art. In one programme Mary Beard explores that theme in relation to some of the earliest images of the human body in the world. Included in this episode is footage of some of the objects from our collection: two Greek vases, and encaustic portraits taken from their original context in ancient Egyptian coffins (partly because they seemed much more appealing out of their perhaps macabre mummy casing). Our display shows how these objects relate to the Civilisations theme, and suggests ways in which the theme can be explored throughout the galleries of Antiquity in the Museum. For complementary artist event see page 12.



Image by Massimo. Reproduced courtesy of the British Museum

Writing in Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean 16 January – Mid June 22

Discover a variety of ancient writing systems used in the eastern Mediterranean, including a famous bilingual inscription from Idalion, Cyprus. The ancient script of Linear B, Europe’s earliest comprehensible writing system, can also be seen on display in the Museum’s Codebreakers and Groundbreakers exhibition (until 4 February). This display is the result of a collaboration between The Fitzwilliam Museum, The British Museum, and the research project: Contexts of and Relations between Early Writing Systems (CREWS).

Hugo Dalton: the revival lightdrawings Until 14 January

© Hugo Dalton

21 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.



Papenburg, 50 pfennig notgeld

Inflation, Identity and Nationalism: German emergency money between the wars 27 February – 3 June 33

Notgeld or ‘necessity money’ first appeared in Germany and Austria during the First World War as a consequence of the inflation caused by the war and a shortage of metal for coins. These colourful notes were issued in many places throughout Germany and Austria, and while initially used as token money, they became popular with collectors. Drawing on a large collection of notgeld gifted to the Fitzwilliam by Professor Ted Buttrey, this display showcases these remarkable visual artefacts. It traces the development of German art and identity in the early interwar period against a backdrop of hyperinflation, growing nationalism and ultimately the rise of the Nazis.

Currencies of Conflict: siege and emergency money from antiquity to WWII Until 23 February 33 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.

Silver shilling struck during the siege of Pontefract in 1648



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.

Talks 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.

Degas's legacy Wednesday 10 January

Edgar Degas (1834-1917), Female dancers in violet skirts, their arms raised (detail)

Anna Gruetzner Robins, Emeritus Professor, University of Reading

The story of Domenico Veneziano's altarpiece for La Chiesa di Santa Lucia de' Magnoli, Florence Wednesday 17 January Philip Stephenson, Fellow of Homerton College

Discovering writing in Bronze Age Greece Wednesday 24 January Dr Yannis Galanakis, Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Classics and Director of the Museum of Classical Archaeology



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.

Queer stories at the Museum Wednesday 7 February Dan Vo, V&A Coordinator LGBTQ Tours

The Object of My Affection: stories of love from the Fitzwilliam collection Wednesday 14 February Meet in Gallery 14 Rebecca Virag, Research Assistant, Prints

RA250 at the Fitz: academicians celebrating 250 years of the Royal Academy Wednesday 21 February

Hide and seek: medieval creatures on the manuscript page Wednesday 7 March Abigail L. Glen, Doctoral Candidate, Faculty of English, University of Cambridge

Stephen Chambers RA, traces his connections with Cambridge - from working as an artist in residence at Kettle's Yard to his forthcoming exhibition at the Heong Gallery at Downing College where he is an Honorary Fellow. He has chosen a work by William Blake for his part in RA250 at the Fitz.



From ‘Do Not Touch’ signs to barriers: can we successfully provide access without compromising preservation principles? Wednesday 21 March Helena Rodwell, Assistant Conservator, Collections Care

A lifelong project in clay: Virtues of Unity Wednesday 11 April Halima Cassell, ceramic artist

A passion for pottery: a photographer’s dream job Wednesday 18 April Ben Boswell, photographer

My ceramic practice, and Moon Jars for the 21st century Wednesday 25 April Nao Matsunaga, ceramic artist

Hans Coper (1920-1981), Vase with Disc-shaped Rim, c. 1972 © The estate of Hans Coper

Art speak Tuesdays 23 January, 27 February, 20 March & 17 April 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.

Experiments with mono printing 12 January 10.15 – 16.00 £45 (£40 concessions and Friends) 36 Take inspiration from Degas's experiments in mono printing and explore his techniques in this practical print making workshop led by artist, Caroline Wendling. Materials included.

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 26 January Join us to create your own sampler designs using paint pens and gouache paint. You are welcome to use our range of threads to stitch your designs using your own needle point skills. Friday 23 February From the romantic to the cheeky, find love inspiration from this collection of paper cut valentine cards. Design your own to turn into a paper cut stencil and make your own print. Friday 16 March See how objects within our collection can provide a stimulus for artists by taking a look at our Flux exhibition. Make sketches in the exhibition and work these up into paintings in the studio. Friday 27 April Explore the technique of clay coil work and make a smaller sized form to take home, taking inspiration from our Things of Beauty Growing exhibition. Please note that pieces will be left to air dry, and not fired as part of this workshop.

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 Enjoy an afternoon of touch tours and audio descriptive sessions with a tea and coffee break provided.

Whale Tales Tuesday 23 January 14.15 – 16.00 FREE Museum of Zoology • Meet at entrance Explore the Museum of Zoology's amazing handling box all about whales and the sea and hear about the remarkable conservation story in which a historic painting of a whale reappeared from underneath layers of paint in a seascape from the Fitzwilliam Museum.

Things of Beauty Growing Tuesday 17 April 14.15 – 16.00 FREE Fitzwilliam Museum • Meet at the Courtyard Entrance Join exhibition curator, Helen Ritchie, in a tour of the Museum's major exhibition of British studio pottery, Things of Beauty Growing, which showcases the history and ongoing practice of one of the most dynamic art forms in the UK today. The tour will be followed by a handling session of ceramics from the collection of Dr Shakeshaft, who bequeathed his large collection of studio pottery to the Museum in 2016.

Creative workshop Saturday 10 March 14.00 – 16.00 FREE Join artist Filipa PereiraStubbs in this hands-on session inspired by the Things of Beauty Growing studio pottery display; you will be invited to experiment with materials, transforming ideas from 2D to 3D and beyond!

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: fitzmuseum-access@lists.




Lunchtime Concerts 13.15 – 14.00 FREE 3

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.

Piano trio Sunday 21 January Music performed by Veronica Henderson, Jill Morton, and Gwen Owen Robinson

Vox Cantab

Instrumental award holders Sunday 18 February A variety of works played by the very best undergraduate chamber musicians.

Sunday 28 January

Music for cello

Choral concert directed by Louisa Denby.

Sunday 4 March

Music for flute and guitar

Music for piano

Sunday 4 February

Sunday 11 March

With Samantha Pearce (flute) and Francisco Correa (guitar).

Piano recital with Masayuki Tayama.

Music for piano Sunday 11 February Diana Brekalo performs pieces by F. Liszt, J. Brahms, R. Schumann, Clara Schumann, R. Wagner, H. Herzogenberg and H. Schwinge.

With cellist Catherine Lee.

Britten Sinfonia Academy Sunday 21 January From 15.00 onwards Talented young musicians from the East of England, playing with members of the renowned international orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, will be giving a number of pop-up performances in Galleries 1, 3, 5 and 7. The compositions they will perform are all world premieres and have been written by students from the Composer Hub, supported by professional composer Tom Coult, in response to works in the Fitzwilliam collection. Tokens are not needed for these performances and stools will not be provided.

Vox Cantab

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: Twilight at the Museums Tuesday 13 February • 16.30 – 19.30 Treat the family to a night of unmissable half term fun as museums and collections in Cambridge offer a range of FREE drop-in and bookable events. Discover fascinating objects and explore family friendly venues where the promise of adventure is around every corner.

Cambridge Codebreakers:  The Last Secret Saturdays 10.30 – 12.30 • 6 January – 24 February 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.

Cam Lates Latest events released January After-hours events in museums – what’s not to like? See our collections showcase their charms in new and exciting ways. Tickets sell fast, so sign up on the Cam Lates webpage for updates.

Cambridge Science Festival 12 – 25 March Feeling incurably curious? Through a mixed programme of events for adults, young people and families you will discover the many guises of science within museum collections. Sign up for exhibitions and events news at @CamUnivMuseums

Cambridge University Museums



Visitor Information


Courtyard Shop



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

Please use Courtyard Entrance for street level access and 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.

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 end of April to October, weather permitting.

Fitzwilliam Museum 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 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. 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 the Fitzwilliam 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.

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Become a Friend and enjoy • Exclusive lectures, evening openings and study days at the Museum • 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 • 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 contributes 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 support our community.

Find out more, contact: Lois Hargrave, Director of Development Tel: 01223 332921 Email:

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 30 March, 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: For Park & Ride information visit:


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What's On January - April 2018  
What's On January - April 2018  

Programme of exhibitions and events