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Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 - 17:00
Sundays & Bank Holidays: 12:00 - 17:00


Friends of the Fitzwilliam Spring 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 16 December

COUNTER-SALES open at 12 noon on Friday 16 December


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.

History of Art Graduate Student Talk

Wednesday 11 January - 12.00 – 13.00

Come and hear graduate student Lizzie Marx, from the History of Art Department, talk about her research and interests.

‘Nosing’ Around Allegories of the Five Senses

Places: 20 - Friends only
Cost: Free, but booking essential
Meet in the Friends’ Room at 11.30 for coffee and cake

Organiser: Gwen Borysiewicz



History of Art Graduate Student Talk

Wednesday 25 January - 12.00 – 13.00

Come and hear graduate student Emily Roy, from the History of Art Department, talk about her research and interests.

Luxurious Technology: Eighteenth-Century French Clocks

Places: 20 - Friends only
Cost: Free, but booking essential
Meet in the Friends’ Room at 11.30 for coffee and cake

Organiser: Gwen Borysiewicz



Sue Purdy Lecture: Viscount Fitzwilliam and the European context

Lecturer: Professor Tim Blanning

Thursday 2 February - 18.00 – 20.00

We are delighted to welcome the distinguished historian of culture, Professor Tim Blanning, to be our lecturer in 2017. Professor Blanning will examine aspects of the European cultural context in which the foundation of the Fitzwilliam Museum took place.

Places: 200 - Guests welcome
Cost: £7.50 to include a glass of wine
Venue: Lecture Theatre and theatre foyer - Fitzwilliam College
Parking at Huntingdon Road and Storey’s Way entries to the College. Bus service to Huntingdon Road from city centre.

Organiser: Claire Daunton



Friends’ Study Morning

Uncovering the secrets of Ancient Egyptian coffins

Tuesday 7 February - 10.15 – 12.30

The coffin set of Nespawershefyt was one of the most dramatic exhibits in the Museum’s recent exhibition Death on the Nile. Created for a single person in about 1000 BC, the coffins are painted with rich, vibrant colours and covered with inscriptions, religious scenes and decorative motifs.

This study morning, led by Jennifer Marchant, Conservator of Antiquities, and Helen Strudwick, Associate Curator (Egyptian Antiquities), will reveal results of new research carried out on the coffins both in preparation for the exhibition and as part of the on-going publication of the Egyptian coffin collection. We will have privileged access to restricted areas of the Antiquities department where Jenny will show what analysis of the surfaces has revealed about the materials – pigments, paints, varnishes and resins – and the methods and techniques used; and Helen will discuss the content of the decoration and inscriptions, including the intentions of the artist and of the coffin owner.

Places: 30 - Guests welcome
Cost: £20 including coffee & cake
Venue: Meet in the Friends’ Room at 10.15 for tea & cake

Organiser: Sarah Burles


[CANCELLED] Tate Modern

Thursday 23 February - 8.15 – 18.00

Tate Modern, sited within the old Bankside Power station (designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott), is a combination of old and new, being home to a large collection of international modern and contemporary art. Since its opening in 2000, Tate has showcased a variety of artworks and artists from around the world. It is one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary art in the world. Join us on a private guided tour (1 ½ hours) with special attention to the architecture, especially the new Switch House extension, and concepts in modern art. The rest of the day is for you to enjoy independently, and at your own leisure.

08.15: Cambridge Trumpington P&R - coach collection
10.15: Arrival (approx.) - time to visit the café and plan your day
11.00 – 12.30: Tailored private tour of the Museum
16.00: Departure - coach to Trumpington P&R

Please note that a fair degree of walking will be required, involving large spaces, busy areas and slopes. Refreshments may be purchased independently in the Museum cafes (or bring your own).

Places: 50 - Guests welcome
Cost: £45 
Venue: Tate Modern

Organiser: Sarah Bradfield



The Altarpieces in King’s College Chapel

Tuesday 7 March - 14.00 – 15.30

The Chapel of King’s College, one of the great treasures of world architecture, is rightly celebrated for its heraldic sculpture, its magnificent fan vault, its Renaissance carved screen and beautiful stained-glass. It also houses a number of paintings acquired at different times by the College, some of them not always fully noticed by visitors. Jean Michel Massing, Emeritus Professor at the History of Art Department, University of Cambridge and Fellow of King’s College, has published widely on numerous subjects. With him we will study the Flemish early sixteenth-century altarpiece The Adoration of the Magi by the Master of the Von Groote Adoration, Gert van Lon’s Madonna of the Rosary, Girolamo Siciolante’s Deposition and Rubens’ Adoration of the Magi.

Places: 20 - Friends only
Cost: £15
Venue: Meet outside the Porter’s Lodge of King’s College on King’s Parade

Organiser: Régine Page



Exclusive Friends’ Evening with wine reception

Madonnas and Miracles: The Holy Home in Renaissance Italy

Thursday 16 March - 18.00 – 20.00

Following on from the success of the Friends’ Exclusive Evenings during the Museum’s bicentenary year, we are delighted that the Fitzwilliam has arranged a private evening for Friends linked to the first major exhibition of 2017. Madonnas and Miracles will bring to life the rich and varied religious practices, objects and imagery found within the home during the Italian Renaissance. Come and experience the diversity of domestic devotional life reflected through a broad range of paintings, prints, ex-votos, sculptures, books, jewellery and household items from the Fitzwilliam’s holdings as well as from collections abroad. The exhibition will offer an insight into Renaissance spirituality across the entire social spectrum, displaying fine works of art found in elite households alongside humble everyday objects used in ordinary houses.

Dr Victoria Avery, Keeper of Applied Arts and in-house curator, and Dr Mary Laven, Reader in Early Modern History and external curator, will give a joint presentation on this fascinating exhibition, after which they will both be on hand to answer any questions as Friends enjoy exclusive access to the galleries. Do join us for what will be a very special evening.

Places: 130 - Guests welcome
Cost: £18 to include wine reception
Venue: Fitzwilliam Museum

Organiser: Bella Pratt



Horseracing and Sporting Art in Newmarket

Tuesday 21 March - Day Visit - 10.30 – 16.00

After meeting for coffee at the café at The National Stud in Newmarket we will be given a private guided tour (partly by minibus) of the Stud. We will then regroup at Palace House, part of the newly reopened National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art, where we will have a guided tour. The Centre is situated in the remains of Charles ll’s sporting palace & stables and spans 5 acres. It comprises the National Horseracing Museum, a National Gallery of British Sporting Art, The Tack Room Café & Bakery and former racehorses in a new flagship yard.

Meet at the National Stud Café at 10.30 (free parking). Lunch can be bought at the café there or at the Tack Room at the National Horseracing Museum. Regroup at 14.15 at Palace House for the afternoon tour. Parking available in Newmarket at Pay & Display Car Parks in All Saints Road, CB8 8NL and Rous Road, CB8 8LX. A map will be provided on the day showing locations. NB: There will be a reasonable amount of walking required for this trip.

Places: 40 - Guests welcome
Cost: £45 to include coffee on arrival at The National Stud, entry and tours of National Stud and the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art.

Organiser: Jane Helliwell