Published in 2014
New film with Michael Rosen
A new short film featuring the Fitzwilliam Museum, its famous lions and 125 Cambridge schoolchildren has been produced with former British Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen.
Published: Tue 16 Dec 2014
Last weeks to see Caroline Watson
It is the final weeks to see the beautiful prints and private letters of the first British woman professional engraver, Caroline Watson. The exhibition finishes on Sunday 4 January.
Published: Tue 9 Dec 2014
Christmas at the Fitzwilliam
Throughout the Christmas break don’t miss our three free major exhibitions:
Published: Wed 26 Nov 2014
Silent Partners evening events
The Fitzwilliam is hosting two upcoming special evening events for Silent Partners.
Published: Wed 12 Nov 2014
Behind the scenes videos and podcasts
A new page featuring behind the scenes videos, podcasts, blogs and photos has now launched on www.silentpartners.org.uk.
Published: Wed 5 Nov 2014
Big Fitz Book Sale
Thousands of second-hand books will be going on sale at the Fitzwilliam Museum to raise funds for trips for schools.
Published: Thu 30 Oct 2014
Cultural festival celebrates Cambridge and its collections
The University of Cambridge Museums cultural festival - Curating Cambridge: our city, our stories, our stuff is now open until 23 November. This city wide celebration is an exciting mix of exhibitions, events, workshops, performances, talks, trails and hands on fun.
Published: Thu 23 Oct 2014
Following the opening of the Fitzwilliam Museum’s major exhibition Silent Partners, mannequins will be invading Cambridge City Centre in a Mannequin Parade from Saturday 25 October - Sunday 9 November, timed to coincide with the beginning of October half term.
Published: Thu 23 Oct 2014
Mannequins with x-ray vision
Four astounding science and conservation stories from the exhibition Silent Partners will be explored at an evening event on Tuesday 28 October.
Published: Thu 23 Oct 2014
Silent Partners website launches
The Fitzwilliam Museum’s major loan exhibition Silent Partners: Artist and Mannequin from Function to Fetish is now open with a new website.
Published: Wed 15 Oct 2014
Chapman Brothers prints
A glimpse into the Chapman Brothers journey of ideas through war, the genesis of life, artistic creation and death has gone on display through 100 remarkable and intricate prints, giving a unique insight into the Chapmans as printmakers.
Published: Wed 15 Oct 2014
Weeping Virgin saved in public appeal
A realistic painted wood bust of the Mater Dolorosa (Virgin of Sorrows) by Pedro de Mena (1628-1688) with glass eyes and teardrops and eyelashes made from human hair has been saved for the nation through a public appeal.
Published: Fri 3 Oct 2014
Works of the first British female printmaker go on show
The prints and private letters of the first British woman professional engraver are going on show 200 years after her death.
Published: Tue 23 Sep 2014
£13,000 needed in 2 weeks to acquire weeping Virgin
£13,000 is needed in under two weeks for the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge to acquire a realistic painted wood bust of the Mater Dolorosa (Virgin of Sorrows) by Pedro de Mena (1628-1688) with glass eyes and teardrops and eyelashes made from human hair.
Published: Thu 18 Sep 2014
Radiance and Reflection - The story of glass
The fascinating stories of beautiful glassworks in East Anglia are going to be told in a new series of events to raise funds the Stained Glass Museum in Ely.
Published: Mon 15 Sep 2014
Coming soon: Silent Partners
Life-size mannequins, dolls and over 180 remarkable artworks from collections across the world will be going on display in Cambridge for the Fitzwilliam’s next major exhibition Silent Partners: Artist and Mannequin from Function to Fetish.
Published: Wed 10 Sep 2014
Last weeks to see manuscript conservation secrets
It is the last weeks to see the fascinating secrets of how illuminated fragments are conserved. The special displays are on show in the Fitzwilliam Museum’s Rothschild Gallery until 28 September.
Published: Tue 2 Sep 2014
Whales, fish and aquatic wonders
Prints of whales, fish and aquatic wonders from mythology or discovered in distant seas have gone on display at the Fitzwilliam Museum to celebrate the reopening of the Charrington Print Room after a year’s closure.
Published: Tue 19 Aug 2014
Fitzwilliam bids to acquire weeping Virgin
A remarkably realistic painted wood bust of the Mater Dolorosa (Virgin of Sorrows) by Pedro de Mena (1628-1688), one of the most celebrated sculptors of the Spanish Golden Age, has gone on display at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge as part of an appeal to acquire the sculpture.
Published: Wed 30 Jul 2014
Memory Mirror joins Art Everywhere
The Fitzwilliam Museum’s painting Memory Mirror by John Hoyland is part of this year’s Art Everywhere campaign by the Art Fund, which sees artworks flooding the streets of the UK. The campaign called for members of the public to vote for their top 25 paintings on Facebook, from a longlist of over 70 British artworks from 1500s to present day.
Published: Fri 25 Jul 2014
Final weeks of Discoveries
It is the last weeks to see Discoveries: Art, Science and Exploration from the University of Cambridge Museums before it closes after 27 July.
Published: Mon 14 Jul 2014
Arts Council England funding support
Arts Council England has awarded the University of Cambridge Museums (UCM) nearly £4.5m for 2015-18 and is continuing its Major Partner Museum status.
Published: Wed 2 Jul 2014
Le Tour de France
On Monday 7 July the Fitzwilliam Museum will have a front row seat of the world’s greatest cycle race as stage 3 passes down Trumpington Street at 12.30.
Published: Tue 1 Jul 2014
Late opening - summer exhibitions & Dutch gallery
On Thursday 3 July see the summer exhibitions and newly restored Dutch gallery at the Fitzwilliam Museum after hours until 20.00.
Published: Mon 23 Jun 2014
Masterpieces of the Dutch Golden Age back on display
The gallery of Dutch Golden Age paintings has gone back on display this week following full refurbishment, with new surprises including the revelation of a beached whale previously painted out of an airy coastal view of Scheveningen, a spectacular metre-high blue and white vase, and new displays evoking seventeenth-century domestic interiors.
Published: Tue 3 Jun 2014
1200th anniversary of the death of Emperor Charlemagne marked with new coin exhibition
A new exhibition marking the 1200th anniversary of the death of Charlemagne, ‘beacon, king and father of Europe’ has opened in the Octagon Gallery of the Fitzwilliam.
Published: Mon 2 Jun 2014
Museum directors discuss the nature of discovery
On Tuesday 10 June the Fitzwilliam will be hosting an evening panel discussion with five directors from the University of Cambridge Museums.
Published: Thu 29 May 2014
World War 1 centenary exhibition opens
36 colour lithographs and woodcuts dramatically illustrating the first seven months of World War 1 have gone on display in the Shiba Gallery.
Published: Wed 21 May 2014
Vintage skiffle, cocktails and Cycle of Songs for Museums at Night
On Friday 16 May the Fitzwilliam Museum will be coming to life from 17.00 to 21.00 with music, events and cocktails for Museums at Night, an annual celebration of late openings for historic collections and galleries across the UK.
Published: Wed 14 May 2014
Behind the secret doors
"Do not touch" a familiar sight on delicate furniture in historic collections. Now drawers and cupboards in the Fitzwillliam that tantalisingly beg to be opened are going to reveal their secrets as white-gloved guides hold a series of three behind the scenes events.
Published: Fri 9 May 2014
Easter at the Fitz
This Easter holiday enjoy a lovely show of flower drawings - perfect for Spring, and an exhibition on artwork produced by local printer The Rampant Lions Press.
Visit our Current Exhibitions page for a full list of free shows.
Published: Fri 11 Apr 2014
Celebration event for last weeks of Craxton show
It is the last month to see A world of private mystery: John Craxton, RA (1922-2009) before it closes on 21 April.
Published: Mon 7 Apr 2014
Final stage of building works
The building projects at the Museum have entered their final stage, and the scaffolding around the historic Portico has now come down.
Published: Tue 25 Mar 2014
Arts Council England grants £87,582 to create a digital archive of manuscripts
The illuminated manuscript collections of the Fitzwilliam Museum will be available to view in greater detail than ever before thanks to an £87,582 from Arts Council England. The Digital Layers online archive will explore stunning images of illuminated manuscripts using layer and zooming techniques inspired by internet mapping tools to show their historical, cultural and scientific secrets.
Published: Thu 6 Mar 2014
Conservation stories for University Science Festival
The University of Cambridge Museums will be participating with the Cambridge Science Festival, inviting members of the public to discover more about the art of conservation.
Published: Tue 4 Mar 2014
Poetry with Sean Borodale
The Fitzwilliam Museum will be host to T S Eliot prize and Costa Book Award shortlisted poet, Sean Borodale, for an evening of art and poetry on Tuesday 4 March.
Published: Fri 21 Feb 2014
Valentines day late opening
The next in the series of monthly Friday night openings for A world of private mystery: John Craxton, RA (1922-2009) , will be on Valentines day with a special screening of the Film, Dhiava: The Autumn Journey.
Published: Fri 31 Jan 2014
Edmund de Waal film screenings
To celebrate the final month of Edmund de Waal's beautiful intervention On White: Porcelain Stories from the Fitzwilliam, the Museum is holding a set of special film screenings showing you behind the scenes in de Waal’s studio.
Published: Wed 29 Jan 2014
The Fitzwilliam Museum starts Friday night exhibition openings
The Fitzwilliam Museum has started offering monthly Friday night late openings for its major spring exhibition A world of private mystery: John Craxton, RA (1922-2009).
Published: Wed 8 Jan 2014