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The Fitzwilliam Museum: Administration

University Mission

The Fitzwilliam Museum and its mission

Syndics of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Due Diligence and Immunity from Seizure

Strategic Plan


Annual Reports



The Mission of the University of Cambridge

The mission of the University of Cambridge is to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning, and research at the highest international levels of excellence.

The Fitzwilliam Museum

The Fitzwilliam Museum is the principal museum of the University of Cambridge. Its core purpose is to safeguard the collections, to make them accessible for study and enjoyment and to preserve them for future generations.

The Fitzwilliam Museum owes its foundation to Richard, VIIth Viscount Fitzwilliam of Merrion. In 1816 he bequeathed to the University of Cambridge his works of art and library, together with funds to house them, to further "the Increase of Learning and other great Objects of that Noble Foundation". For nearly two centuries, the Fitzwilliam Museum's collections and buildings have grown as a result of successive benefactions.

Our Mission

It is our mission to pursue scholarship and to offer free public access to the collections and to education and information services that enhance the visitors’ experience and inspire learning.

Syndics of the Fitzwilliam Museum

as at June 2013

Professor Martin Daunton (Chair)
Mr Nicholas Baring
Dr John Brown
Professor Paul Cartledge
Dr Richard Cork
Sir Christopher Hum
Professor Richard Hunter
Professor Dame Caroline Humphrey
Mr John Keatley
Dr Rebecca Lingwood
Professor Jean Michel Massing
Professor David McKitterick
Tim Knox FSA (Secretary)
Professor Jeremy Sanders


Access policy

Collection Development (Acquisitions & Disposal) Policy

Conservation Policy

Documentation Policy

Environmental Policy

Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan 2013

Annual Reports





Education and Public Programmes Report 2007-2009



Education and Public Programmes Report 2006-2007



The Fitzwilliam Review 2006-2010

The Fitzwilliam Review 2004-2006

The Fitzwilliam Review 2002-2004