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Friends of the Fitzwilliam Autumn 2017 Events

Tickets for all Friends events are now only available through Cambridge Live, online, by phone or in person.

ONLINE and PHONE bookings open 10.00am on Friday 25 August

COUNTER-SALES open at 12 noon on Friday 25 August


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.



Cambridge University Press History and Stories

Thursday 14 September  ·  10.00 – 11.45

Dr Rosalind Grooms, Cambridge University Press Archivist, will present highlights from the Press’s history through its books, archival documents and fascinating stories. Starting in 1534 when Henry VIII granted the University Letters Patent authorising the publication of ‘all manner of books’, the talk will move to the 2nd edition of Isaac Newton’s Principia Mathematica in 1713 to John Baskerville’s elegant typeface and Bible of 1763, to the 11th edition Encyclopaedia Britannica of 1910-11 taken by Ernest Shackleton to the South Pole. Woven amongst the publishing achievements are the human stories which bring the past to life. The visit will include an opportunity to see the Press Museum followed by tea and coffee.

Places: 25 • Friends only  • £15 includes tea and coffee

Venue: Meet in the main reception at Cambridge University Press, University Printing House, Shaftesbury Road, Cambridge CB2 8BS. Only disabled parking available on site.



Friends Exclusive Evening Degas: A passion for perfection

Friday 29 September · 18.00 – 20.00

The Fitzwilliam Museum will commemorate the centenary of Edgar Degas's (1834-1917) death with an exhibition that will bring into focus its holdings of works by the artist. Consisting of paintings, drawings, pastels, etchings, monotypes, counterproofs and sculpture in bronze and wax, the Fitzwilliam's collection is the most extensive and representative in the UK. The exhibition will highlight many of the themes most prominent in Degas's work as well as his artistic legacy.

The Museum’s collections will be complemented by an outstanding group of over fifty loans from private and public collections throughout Europe and the United States, several of which will be on public display for the first time. These include a group of paintings and drawings once belonging to the economist John Maynard Keynes.

Before the exhibition opens to the public (3 Oct 2017 – 14 Jan 2018), Friends are invited to a special evening where Jane Munro, Keeper of Paintings, Drawings and Prints and curator of the exhibition, will give a presentation on this commemorative exhibition and Friends can enjoy exclusive access to the exhibition.

18.00 Doors open at the Courtyard entrance
18.20 Curatorial talk
18.45 Exhibition opens
20.00 Event ends

Places: 130 · Guests welcome • £18 includes drinks reception

Venue: The Fitzwilliam Museum, arrive via the Courtyard Entrance



Welcome Tea, Cake and Tour for New Friends

Friday 13 October · 14.15 - 16.00

If you are new to the Friends, would like the opportunity to meet other Friends and wish to be better acquainted with the Fitzwilliam Museum’s collection of paintings, please do join us for refreshments and a guided tour through the paintings galleries, led by Sarah Burles.

Places 20 • Friends only • Free, but booking essential

Venue: The Fitzwilliam Museum, arrive via the Courtyard Entrance and meet in the Friends Room from 14.15 for tea and cake before the tour at 14.45.



Friends Study Morning
Codebreakers and Groundbreakers with the Antiquities department

Tuesday 7 November · 10.15 – 12.30

The Codebreakers and Groundbreakers (24 Oct 2017 – 4 Feb 2018) exhibition will bring together, for the first time, the remarkable intellectual achievements and parallel narratives of two groups of ‘codebreakers’ working at the same time, but independently: those involved in breaking the WWII codes and those who deciphered the Linear B script – Europe’s earliest comprehensible writing system.

Through unique archival documents held at the University of Cambridge, the exhibition will explore and celebrate the genius of WWII codebreakers such as Frank Lucas, Frank Adcock and Alan Turing; also of Michael Ventris and John Chadwick (himself a Bletchley codebreaker) who deciphered Linear B.  It will also encourage visitors to explore ‘codebreaking’ in all its forms.

This Friends Study Morning will focus on the different yet interlinked themes in the exhibition, such as the world of Bronze Age Greece and the decipherment of the Linear B script; the role of classicists at Bletchley Park during WWII; Alan Turing and his role in breaking the Enigma codes and finally the importance of codebreaking and intelligence after WWII, leading to the evolution of modern cryptography.

Places: 25 • Guests welcome • £20 includes coffee, tea and cake

Venue: The Fitzwilliam Museum, meet in the Friends Room at 10.15



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.

Wednesday 8th November · 11.30 - 13.00

Chiara Capuli - Vittore Crivelli: Franciscan Art and Devotion in Renaissance Marche

Places 20 • Friends only • 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 Christmas Party

Wednesday 13 December · 18.30 - 20.30

Tim Knox invites you to the annual Friends Christmas Party in Founder’s Galleries of the Museum. Back by popular demand, Jesus College Choir have agreed to entertain us with a selection of carols. Please bring along your friends and family to enjoy a drink and celebrate the festive season with the Fitzwilliam Museum.

18.30 Doors open
19.00 Director’s address and Jesus College Choir
20.30 Museum closes

Places: 250 • Guests welcome • £27.50 to include wine and canapés

Venue: The Fitzwilliam Museum. Arriving via the Founder’s Building entrance requires guests to climb 42 steep and uneven steps. For level access, please arrive at the Courtyard entrance.