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Sundays & Bank Holidays: 12:00 - 17:00
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Friends of the Fitzwilliam Summer 2018 Events



To book by phone call 01223 357851.

In person visit City Centre Box Office, 2 Wheeler Street, Cambridge CB2 3QB

Box Office Opening Hours
Phone Line Monday - Saturday 10.00-18.00
Counter Sales Monday - Friday 12.00-18.00
Saturday 10.00-18.00

Full details of all Friends events can be found in the latest newsletter.


Kettle’s Yard

Tuesday 1 May • 10.00 – 12.00

Friends are invited to visit the recently re-opened Kettle’s Yard and enjoy a guided tour of their Actions II exhibition. Kettle’s Yard is the University of Cambridge’s modern and contemporary art gallery.

Set in a landmark location in the centre of the city, it is a beautiful house with a remarkable collection of modern art, and a gallery that hosts modern and contemporary art exhibitions.

Kettle’s Yard has been subtly transformed by Jamie Fobert Architects in a major building development to complement and enhance the qualities of the original Kettle’s Yard House. The development includes major new exhibition galleries, generous education spaces, a cafe and new welcome areas. Actions II (11 April to 6 May) is a solo project of new paintings by Caroline Walker and screenings of John Akomfrah’s award winning ‘Auto Da Fé’.

Actions II is the second part of Kettle’s Yard’s re-launch exhibition - Actions. The image of the world can be different (10 Feb – 6 May 2018).

Places: 40 • Guests welcome 
Cost: £20 includes tea, coffee and biscuits
Venue: Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street, CB3 0AQ

There is no parking at Kettle’s Yard. The nearest on-street parking is at Pound Hill, a 2 minute walk from Kettle’s Yard. Spaces are limited. There are larger car parks at Castle Hill pay and display, a 5 minute walk and Park Street multi-storey, an 8 minute walk. We recommend the park and ride services.

Images: Kettle’s Yard Cambridge © Hufton + Crow

History of Art Graduate Student Talks

Graduate students from the History of Art Department are keen to hone their presentation skills before an interested audience. Come along to hear all about their research and interests.

Tuesday 8 May

11.30 - 13.00

Angelica Federici - Italian landscapes during the Age of Enlightenment

Places 20 • Friends only
Cost: Free, but booking essential
Venue: The Fitzwilliam Museum, meet in the Friends Room at 11.30 for coffee and cake.
Talk begins at 12.00


Friends Study Morning Sampled Lives with the Honorary Keeper of Textiles

Wednesday 13 June • 10.15 – 13.00

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.

The study morning will be led by Carol Humphrey, Honorary Keeper of Textiles. Carol will give a short presentation on why she sees samplers as “documents” and her future research plans, before escorting Friends to the Fan Gallery to explore examples from the Museum’s collection.

Unfortunately this exhibition has stepped access and is therefore not suitable for wheelchair users.

Places: 25 • Friends only
Cost: £20 includes coffee, tea and cake
Venue: The Fitzwilliam Museum, meet in Education Seminar Room at 10.15

Image: Band sampler with pictorial panels, 1785, inscribed “Sophia Ellis” © The Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge

Private visit to the Hamilton Kerr Institute

Thursday 14 June • 10.00 – 12.00

Friends are invited to a private visit of the Hamilton Kerr Institute, a department of the Fitzwilliam Museum and one of the world’s leading centres for teaching and research in the conservation of easel paintings. Based in mid-eighteenth century house and converted mill buildings, it contains a scientific laboratory and restoration studios. In this environment the Institute aims to educate painting conservators to the highest standard and to contribute to scientific, technical and art historical research.

Coffee, tea and biscuits will be served in the Library on arrival. This will be followed by an introduction by the Director of the Institute, Rupert Featherstone, and a tour of the studios. Please note that there will be no admission prior to 10am.

Places: 20 • Friends only
Numbers are limited due to the restricted space and busy life of the Institute. We kindly ask that if you have visited the Institute before, please allow others the opportunity of this special visit.
Cost: £30 includes coffee, tea and biscuits
Venue: The Hamilton Kerr Institute, Mill Lane, Whittlesford, CB22 4NE. Parking is available in nearby streets. For directions please visit


Friends Summer Party

Leckhampton House, Corpus Christi College

Thursday 28 June • 18.30 – 20.30

We are excited to announce that our ever popular Summer Party will be held in the beautiful Leckhampton House and Gardens by very kind permission of the outgoing Master of Corpus Christi College, Stuart Laing, and his wife Sibella. The land has belonged to Corpus Christi College since early in the nineteenth century. In 1878, one and a half acres was leased to Frederic Myers, a former classics fellow of Trinity who had become inspector of schools. He built the existing house, which has been little altered externally, in the style of an updated Cotswold manor but largely in brick because stone was so expensive in Cambridge. He named the house after the village of Leckhampton, which is close by Cheltenham Spa where he lived as a child. Leckhampton House also has connections with the Fitzwilliam Museum. It was the home of our 6th Director, Louis Colville Gray Clarke (1937-1946).

He hosted many distinguished guests at lunches and supper parties in the large Edwardian house including Queen Mary when she visited the Museum in January 1939.

Places: 130 • Guests welcome
Cost: £25 includes wine and canapés
Venue: Leckhampton House, 37 Grange Road, Cambridge, CB3 9BJ
Please note, there is no visitor parking at Leckhampton House.


Visit to the Wallace Collection

Wednesday 11 July • 8.15 – 17.00

2018 marks a special year for the Wallace Collection as they celebrate the bicentennial anniversary of the birth of their founder Sir Richard Wallace. The commemorative exhibition Sir Richard Wallace: The Collector, celebrates him as a great philanthropist and undiscovered cultural luminary. The exhibition highlights for the first time Sir Richard’s personal contributions to the Collection, focusing on the diverse and idiosyncratic works of art he acquired and his considerable philanthropic legacy.

Friends will be treated to a private guided tour with the exhibition Curator. Friends will also enjoy a guided tour of highlights from the permanent collection which encompasses old master oil paintings from the 14th to the late 19th century including works by Titian, Velázquez, Rubens and Van Dyck, princely arms and armour, and one of the finest collections of French 18th century art in all media.

08.15 Cambridge Trumpington P&R – coach collection

10.30 Arrival (approx.) for refreshments and introduction with Curator

11.00 Group 1 tours the Exhibition with the Curator whilst Group 2 tours the Collection with a Guide Lecturer.

12.30 Free time to have lunch independently at the restaurant or by own arrangements

14.00 Group 2 tours the Exhibition with the Curator and Group 1 tours the Collection with a Guide Lecturer.

15.30 Departure – Coach to Trumpington P&R

Places 50 • Guests welcome
Cost: £45 includes morning coffee, tea and biscuits – lunch to be purchased independently or bring your own
Venue: The Wallace Collection, Marylebone, London W1U 3BN