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How we fell in love with shopping - a 300 year affair

Treasured Possessions from Renaissance to the Enlightenment takes us from stunning hand-crafted objects and precious family heirlooms to the dawn of the disposable age.

Published: Fri 12 Dec 2014

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X-Ray mannequins

The fascinating results of CT scans performed by the radiology team at Addenbrooke's Hospital on two mannequins from the 18th and 19th centuries are going to be presented at a public event at the Fitzwilliam Museum on 28 October, exploring four astounding science and conservation stories from the exhibition Silent Partners.

Published: Thu 23 Oct 2014

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Fatal Consequences: The Chapman Brothers & Goya’s Disasters of War

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

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Secret lives of the mannequin revealed at the Fitzwilliam Museum

Life-size mannequins, dolls and over 180 remarkable artworks from collections across the world will be going on display in Cambridge this autumn, as the Fitzwilliam Museum announces the final details of its major 2014 exhibition Silent Partners: Artist and Mannequin from Function to Fetish.

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Published: Mon 4 Aug 2014

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Fitzwilliam Museum 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

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Half million pound restoration transforms Cambridge landmark

Giant plaster lotuses, burnished golden pineapples and a host of wild animals are now available to see in their original glory for the first time in over 100 years, after a £430,000 project to restore the portico of the Fitzwilliam Museum.

Published: Wed 2 Jul 2014

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Masterpieces of the Dutch Golden Age back on display in Cambridge

The Fitzwilliam Museum’s 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

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'Wondrous' London exhibition comes to Cambridge

Rare dodo skeleton, Darwin plant samples and Muggletonian sect prints go on show at the Fitzwilliam.

Published: Thu 22 May 2014

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Illuminating Cambridge worldwide

The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge has been granted £87,582 by Arts Council England to allow greater permanent access to its collections of illuminated manuscripts through a new digital resource.

Published: Wed 5 Mar 2014

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Silent Partners: Artist and Mannequin from Function to Fetish

Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge: Tuesday 14 October 2014 - Sunday 25 January 2015
Musée Bourdelle, Paris: Spring 2015

One of the most wide-ranging and ambitious shows ever hosted at the Fitzwilliam, Silent Partners will reveal the secret life of one of art’s best kept secrets - the artist’s mannequin.

Published: Mon 3 Feb 2014

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Edmund de Waal gives new work to the Fitzwilliam Museum

Published: Tue 28 Jan 2014

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Five paintings by Stanley Spencer accepted in lieu of tax and allocated to the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge

Five works by Stanley Spencer (1891-1959) have joined the collections at the Fitzwilliam Museum. They include one of his most significant early paintings and two preliminary sketches documenting his experiences of World War I.

Published: Tue 19 Nov 2013

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On White: Porcelain Stories from the Fitzwilliam

29 November 2013 - 23 February 2014
The story of how porcelain has fascinated artists and collectors from East and West for over a thousand years is being explored by Edmund de Waal.
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Published: Wed 6 Nov 2013

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Renovations and revivals at the Fitzwilliam Museum

Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Tim Knox, reveals his aspirations for the historic building and world-renowned collections of the University of Cambridge’s principal art museum, including major building works currently underway.

Published: Tue 5 Nov 2013

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A World of Private Mystery: John Craxton RA (1922-2009)

3 December 2013 - 21 April 2014

The work of John Craxton goes on show at the Fitzwilliam Museum this winter.

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Published: Sat 5 Oct 2013

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The Night of Longing: Love and desire in Japanese prints

1 October 2013 - 12 January 2014
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Beautiful Japanese prints depicting lovers from literature and life will feature this autumn in an exhibition of woodcuts and books of the Edo and Meiji periods.

Published: Tue 24 Sep 2013

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Autumn 2013 exhibitions at the Fitzwilliam Museum

Autumn 2013 includes the first posthumous exhibition on the life and work of John Craxton, an intervention with renowned potter and author Edmund de Waal, and a display of beautiful Japanese prints on the theme of lovers and eroticism.

Published: Tue 20 Aug 2013

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Fashioning Switzerland: Portraits and landscapes by Markus Dinkel and his contemporaries

4 June to 15 September 2013
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Published: Fri 3 May 2013

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Origins of the Afro Comb

2 July to 3 November 2013
The Fitzwilliam Museum and the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge

Published: Thu 24 Jan 2013

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Quentin Blake: Drawn by Hand

12 February to 12 May 2013

Quentin Blake is one of the best-known illustrators of his generation. Drawn by Hand at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, looks at individual works he has produced in the past decade: book illustrations, etchings, lithographs, drawings and works done for hospitals in various and contrasting media.

Published: Wed 9 Jan 2013

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New Director appointed for the Fitzwilliam Museum

The University of Cambridge has appointed a new Director to succeed Timothy Potts at the Fitzwilliam Museum.

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Published: Wed 19 Dec 2012

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China's White Gold
Contemporary Porcelain from Jingdezhen

18 December 2012 - 1 April 2013

To mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, The Fitzwilliam Museum is showcasing the first major exhibition in this country of more than 80 works created in Jingdezhen by over 50 contemporary ceramicists. Comprising technically brilliant works ranging from the traditional to the avantgarde, the exhibition explores Jingdezhen's legacy, and looks at what it means for artists working there today.

Published: Wed 5 Dec 2012

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Fitzwilliam Museum set to acquire Poussin masterpiece as joint £3.9m fundraising campaign with the Art Fund succeeds

Published: Thu 1 Nov 2012

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Japanese scenes of winter snow go on display at Fitzwilliam Museum

Snow Country: Woodcuts of the Japanese winter
2 October 2012 to 13 January 2013

Published: Thu 4 Oct 2012

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The early work of Jewish artist Gerhart Frankl to go on display in Cambridge

Higher Ground: Prints by Gerhart Frankl (1901-65)
16 October to 30 December 2012

Published: Thu 4 Oct 2012

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The Fitzwilliam Museum strives to save national treasure

Published: Fri 10 Aug 2012

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The art of modern calligraphy from across the world on show at the Fitzwilliam Museum

10 November 2012 - 13 January 2013 | Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Curated by Patricia Lovett and Dr Stella Panayotova

Published: Thu 9 Aug 2012

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Sea myths set in stone

The Fitzwilliam Museum has acquired a Roman relief sculpture once belonging to Emperor Hadrian.

Published: Fri 29 Jun 2012

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Ceramic art, craft and tales from Medieval Cyprus

Glimpses of Medieval Cypriot life and art will be on show this summer at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, in a special exhibition of ceramics from the 13th to 16th centuries.

Published: Mon 18 Jun 2012

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Wasteland or Wonderland? New Fitzwilliam exhibition explores the wild edges of our cities

The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge will be displaying two portfolios of contemporary that inspire ideas about ‘edgelands’ - the forgotten, overlooked hinterlands neither city nor countryside, on the urban edge.

Published: Fri 23 Mar 2012

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The Search for Immortality: Tomb Treasures of Han China

In the first exhibition of its kind, the Fitzwilliam Museum will relate the story of the quest for immortality and struggle for imperial legitimacy in ancient China’s Han Dynasty. With over 350 treasures in jade, gold, silver, bronze and ceramics this is the largest and most important exhibition of ancient royal treasures ever to travel outside China.

Published: Thu 1 Mar 2012

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Three internationally renowned artists to display work for Fitzwilliam 2012 sculpture exhibition

Published: Tue 21 Feb 2012

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New Cambridge exhibition to explore the incredible power inside the humble pencil

Grey Matters: Graphite explores the creative power and versatility of the pencil and its raw material graphite, from the first 17th century drawings on paper and vellum to the latest in contemporary art.

Published: Mon 28 Nov 2011

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New light, new colour, new display
Monet, Renoir, Degas and Cézanne return to the Fitzwilliam as famous Impressionist artworks go back on display

One of the most popular galleries at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge has undergone a full renovation and reinstallation. Gallery 5, housing the museum’s remarkable collection of paintings and sculpture by the French Impressionists and other late 19th and early 20thcentury artists has re-opened with a striking new look, colour and display.

Published: Tue 1 Nov 2011

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Rare Baroque painting on slate joins Fitzwilliam Museum’s collection

Published: Mon 12 Sep 2011

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Vermeers Women: Secrets and Silence

5 October 2011 - 15 January 2012

Final press release with full details of major works.

Published: Wed 24 Aug 2011

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Splendour & Power: Imperial Treasures from Vienna
16 August 2011 to 8 January 2012

Hapsburg Imperial Treasures go on display in Cambridge with lost Royal masterpiece

- Fitzwilliam Museum to host only UK showing of collection from the Imperial Treasury of the Hapsburg emperors

- Miseroni’s lost Royal masterpiece reunited with original treasures before going to a private collection

Published: Fri 12 Aug 2011

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Summer / Autumn 2011 opening exhibitions at The Fitzwilliam Museum

Published: Thu 2 Jun 2011

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Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Listings: May - August

Published: Wed 11 May 2011

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Shadows and lights

Fitz opens for after-hours events on Friday 13 May 2011

- Cambridge's Fitzwilliam part of national Museums at Night
- Events include digital spectacle with film and music
- Live samba, swing and song

Published: Mon 9 May 2011

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Three thousand years of treasure underfoot: ancient finds go on display in new exhibition

Treasure Under Your Feet
29 March - 4 September 2011 at The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Published: Wed 16 Mar 2011

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New exhibition of Italian masterworks presents drawings by da Vinci, Michelangelo, Titian and more

Italian Drawings: Highlights from the Collection

8 March - 17 July 2011 (closing date extended from 10 July

Published: Wed 9 Feb 2011

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Vermeer takes centre stage in new exhibition revealing intimate domestic worlds of Dutch Golden Age

Vermeer’s Women: Secrets and Silence
5 October 2011 – 15 January 2012

Published: Thu 3 Feb 2011

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Treasures of the Hapsburgs: Fitzwilliam to host only UK showing of precious Imperial collection

Splendour & Power: Imperial Treasures from Vienna
16 August 2011 to 8 January 2012

Published: Thu 3 Feb 2011

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European art of 19th-20th centuries in spotlight as one of Museum’s major galleries reopens

Published: Fri 28 Jan 2011

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From Italian Renaissance masterworks to contemporary prints: early 2011 at the Fitzwilliam

Published: Wed 8 Dec 2010

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Changing lives with creative learning: Fitzwilliam Museum and Soham Schools join national fundraising challenge on 6 December

Published: Tue 30 Nov 2010

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Two major seventeenth-century artworks join Fitzwilliam Museum’s collection

Published: Wed 27 Oct 2010

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A glimpse of royal Persia: lavish manuscript paintings bring Iran’s 1000 year-old national epic to life

Published: Wed 7 Jul 2010

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21st Century Engraved Glass
15 June - 15 August 2010

Published: Fri 28 May 2010

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Japanese sea prints and a Founder’s album: print exhibitions opening at the Fitzwilliam in May

Published: Tue 16 Mar 2010

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Fitzwilliam hosts major exhibition of new work by one of Britain’s most distinguished contemporary artists

Maggi Hambling: The Wave 27 April - 8 August 2010

Published: Thu 4 Mar 2010

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Annual contemporary sculpture showcase gives Museum’s lawns new look for 2010

Published: Mon 22 Feb 2010

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Clouds and myths: the art of Lino Mannocci

Two exhibitions this spring present both the printmaking and the curatorship of this remarkable contemporary artist

Published: Tue 5 Jan 2010

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Brand new look for world-class collection of Greek and Roman antiquities

‘Rediscovering Greece & Rome’: Museum’s newly-redisplayed gallery opens 30 January 2010

Published: Thu 3 Dec 2009

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Spring 2010 exhibitions at The Fitzwilliam Museum

Contemporary prints, miniature Japanese sculpture and major works by Maggi Hambling feature in the Fitzwilliam's programme of upcoming exhibitions

Published: Mon 23 Nov 2009

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Sargent, Sickert, Spencer

8 December 2009 - 5 April 2010

Published: Fri 6 Nov 2009

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A Lifetime of Connoisseurship
Graham Pollard and the Study of the Medal

27 October 2009 - 31 January 2010

Published: Wed 14 Oct 2009

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Recent Acquisitions of Drawings and Prints

20 October 2009 - 24 January 2010

Published: Mon 12 Oct 2009

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Lumière
Lithographs by Odilon Redon

Published: Wed 2 Sep 2009

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Autumn exhibitions at The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Published: Thu 20 Aug 2009

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New showcase for contemporary sculpture to launch in the heart of Cambridge

The Fitzwilliam Museum Sculpture Promenade opening 28 April 2009

Published: Wed 25 Mar 2009

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Ground-breaking exhibition to reveal Darwin’s impact on nineteenth century art

Endless Forms
Charles Darwin, Natural Science and the Visual Arts

The Fitzwilliam Museum 16 June - 4 October 2009

Published: Thu 12 Feb 2009

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Changing Faces
Anthony Van Dyck as an Etcher

17 February - 24 May 2009
Rarely-seen portrait etchings by the Flemish artist Anthony Van Dyck (1599-1641) go on display at The Fitzwilliam Museum this spring.

Published: Tue 20 Jan 2009

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Arts of Asia at The Fitzwilliam Museum

Exceptional Chinese jade and Japanese prints in Cambridge this spring

Published: Fri 9 Jan 2009

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Forthcoming Exhibitions - 'Palaces in the Night': The Urban Landscape in Whistler's Prints and 'Dreams and Lies': Picasso Prints from the Collection of The Fitzwilliam Museum

Published: Mon 4 Aug 2008

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Forthcoming Exhibition - 'I turned it into a palace': Sir Sydney Cockerell and The Fitzwilliam Museum

Published: Fri 1 Aug 2008

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From the Land of the Golden Fleece: Tomb Treasures of Ancient Georgia

Published: Thu 24 Jul 2008

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Statement regarding a Sèvres porcelain seau crennelé (monteith)

Published: Wed 11 Jun 2008

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Anglo-Saxon Art in the Round

Published: Fri 23 May 2008

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Christopher Le Brun
Fifty Etchings 2005

Published: Wed 14 May 2008

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‘The field calls me to labour’

Watercolours of nineteenth-century rural Britain by Robert Hills and his contemporaries

Published: Thu 8 May 2008

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New Exhibitions: Anglo-Saxon coins, nineteenth century watercolours and contemporary etchings feature in new exhibitions

Published: Fri 2 May 2008

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Theatrical performance, art workshops and family trails at The Fitzwilliam Museum for Museums and Galleries Month 2008

Published: Fri 25 Apr 2008

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New exhibition reveals the unseen Cambridge

Stephen Hawking, Nobel Laureates and academics at the edge of knowledge captured in unique project by Cambridge photographer

Published: Fri 25 Apr 2008

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‘Young Advocates’ in Museums

Cambridge museums offer dynamic new scheme to engage local young people

Published: Fri 18 Apr 2008

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Restored Chinese vases reunited on public display

Published: Fri 9 Nov 2007

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From Reason to Revolution: Art and Society in Eighteenth-Century Britain

Published: Tue 23 Oct 2007

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Private Pleasures: Illuminated Manuscripts from Persia to Paris

Published: Tue 23 Oct 2007

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Ethiopian Encounters: A British expedition to Ethiopia in the 1840s

Published: Wed 26 Sep 2007

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Howard Hodgkin Painting: 1992-2007

Published: Thu 17 May 2007

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Paul Mellon: A Cambridge Tribute

Published: Fri 16 Mar 2007

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Frank Auerbach: Etchings & Drypoints 1954-2007

Published: Wed 14 Mar 2007

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Contemporary silver masterpieces from Goldsmiths’ Hall set to dazzle audiences in Cambridge

Published: Thu 1 Feb 2007

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Literature, image and theatre highlighted in Fitzwilliam Museum autumn exhibitions

Published: Wed 18 Oct 2006

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Restored Chinese vase unveiled in ground-breaking conservation exhibition

Published: Mon 7 Aug 2006

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Egyptian fairytale ending gets an extension

Published: Tue 25 Jul 2006

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New Light on Ancient Egypt

Fitzwilliam Museum’s Egyptian galleries re-open with stunning new displays

Published: Fri 19 May 2006

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Adrian Mitchell launches Ancient Egypt-inspired creative writing competition in East Anglia

Published: Wed 12 Apr 2006

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Chinese Vases Conservation

Published: Wed 29 Mar 2006

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Griff Rhys Jones champions Fitzwilliam Museums bid for Gulbenkian Prize for Museum of the Year 2005

Published: Thu 5 May 2005

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Macclesfield Psalter comes home to East Anglia

Published: Thu 10 Feb 2005

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Vital boost to campaign to save

Published: Fri 12 Nov 2004

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Lucian Freud Etchings exhibition

Published: Wed 13 Oct 2004

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Fitzwilliam Museum applies to Fund of Last Resort to save Macclesfield Psalter

Published: Wed 6 Oct 2004

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Drawing Breath Fitzwilliam Museum launches The Big Draw 2004 in the East of England

Published: Thu 30 Sep 2004

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The Courtyard Development: The Fitzwilliam Museum relaunches with new facilities and galleries

Published: Mon 28 Jun 2004

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New education opportunities at The Fitzwilliam Museum

The £12 million Courtyard Development at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, launching in July 2004, gives the Museum enhanced education facilities alongside new galleries and improved visitor facilities.

Published: Mon 28 Jun 2004

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