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Friends of the Fitzwilliam Autumn 2015 Events

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

BOOKING OPENS 10.00am on Wednesday 26th 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.

The following events have now sold out:
Imagery in the Fens - exploring West Norfolk Churches
Behind the Scenes at the Polar Museum

Friends Study Morning "His collections never ceased to grow" - the story of two Trinity College collectors

Tuesday 29th September - 10.00-12.30

When Dr James Lee Whitbread Glaisher died his collection of ceramics numbered over 5,000 objects and he was acknowledged as one of the leading pottery collectors of his time. For Lt. Colonel the Hon. Mildmay Thomas Boscawen, it was Renaissance and Baroque bronze sculptures that became his passion. The Fitzwilliam Museum is fortunate to have been the beneficiary of both of these extraordinary collectors.

Our autumn Friends Study Morning will allow us to go behind the scenes to explore these collections and to find out more about the two men who created them. The morning will be led by Dr Julia Poole, former Keeper of Applied Arts at the Fitzwilliam who will speak about the Glaisher collection and Dr Victoria Avery, current Keeper of Applied Arts, who will tell us more about Lt Colonel Boscawen.

Places: 30 - Guests welcome - £20

(Sold out) Imagery in the Fens and Marshes - exploring West Norfolk Churches

Monday 19 October - Day visit

We are immensely privileged to be accompanied by two medieval historians, Dr Clare Daunton and Dr Charles Tracy, who will guide us round the churches of Tilney All Saints, Wiggenhall St Germans, Wiggenhall St Mary and Outwell . Dr Daunton is a specialist in medieval glass and decoration and Dr Tracy is a leading expert and author on historic church furniture and woodwork. Medieval Norfolk was wealthy and richly populated, benefitting from busy trading between the ports of Lynn and Yarmouth and nearby European countries. This wealth is reflected in the building and decoration of many churches. This personal tour to some of the more unusual buildings, rich in history, architecture and decoration, will be a wonderful introduction to the visual, religious and social context of medieval life.

Places: 30 - Friends only - £60

Stoneywell and Leicester - New Walk Museum and Art Gallery

Thursday 15 October - Day visit

Ernest Gimson, one of the most influential architect-designers of the British Arts and Crafts Movement, designed Stoneywell (Set in the Charnwood Forest), for his brother Sydney. The building was completed in 1899 and has been lived in by the family until only last year. As well as the cottage, gardens, outbuildings and woodland, Stoneywell retains many of its original contents. We are privileged to be accompanied by Barley Roscoe, co-founder of the Crafts Study Centre, and the great granddaughter of Sydney Gimson. We will share her memories of this unique cottage. Afterwards we will travel to Leicester to visit the New Walk Museum and Gallery. Here we will see the famous Arts and Crafts collection which features more works by Gimson and Barnsley. Also there will be a chance to see the Picasso ceramics which were donated, as a collection of some 150 pieces, by Lord and Lady Attenborough and which are now on permanent display.

Places: 28 - Guests welcome - £60

Friends' Annual lecture - The "perfect world" of the London Square

Todd Longstaffe-Gowan, Landscape architect, historian, author and Gardens Adviser to the Historic Royal Palaces.

Tuesday 17th November - 18.00
The Auditorium Fitzwilliam College

Modern-day London abounds with a multitude of gardens, enclosed by railings and surrounded by houses, which attest to the English love of nature. These verdant oases, known as squares, are among the most distinctive and admired features of the metropolis and are England's greatest contribution to the development of European town planning and urban form. Long synonymous with privilege, elegance, and prosperous metropolitan living, the garden squares epitomise the classical notion of "rus in urbe", the integration of nature within the urban plan - a concept which continues to shape cities to this day. The lecture will explore the history, evolution, and social implications of London's squares, which have been an important element in the planning and expansion of London since the early 17th century.

Places: 200 - Guests welcome - £7.50 to include wine reception

Antique furniture: Exclusive evening at John Beazor Antiques

Thursday 19th November - 18.30-20.30 - Talk at 19.00

John Beazor Antiques, established in 1875 is one of the oldest antique dealing businesses in the country, long renowned for its premier stock. In celebration of 75th years at its Regent Street premises, Martin Beazor has offered us this exclusive evening for Friends, with all proceeds to the Museum. He will be joined by Vicky Avery, Keeper of Applied Arts at the Museum to talk about historic furniture, values and trends after which they will be on hand to show us some of the particular pieces of interest on the three floors of the premises.

Wine and canapés will be served so do join us for what will be a memorable and enjoyable occasion.

Places: 50 - Guests welcome - £12

(Sold out) Behind the Scenes at the Polar Museum

Wednesday 2 December - 14.00-16.00

Our last Friends visit to the Polar Museum took place in 2011, shortly after the Museum was beautifully refurbished. We have now been invited back, this time to see some of the work going on behind the scenes. The Museum has thousands of items stored, illustrating not only the history of the expeditions to the North and South Poles and the bravery those entailed, but also the history and art of the indigenous people living in the Arctic. The Institute which houses the Museum is renowned for its current Polar research projects, we will hear about these projects, see some of the conservation work and visit the extensive library, containing amongst other things, accounts written by some of the early Polar explorers.

Places: 25 - Guests welcome - £16.50

(Sold Out) Friends' Christmas Party

Tuesday 15th December - 18.30-20.30

This year the Christmas Party will once again be held in Gallery III, where we will be joined by the choir of Jesus College to lead up in singing festive carols.

Places: 250 - Guests welcome - £25.00

History of Art Graduate Talks

An opportunity to hear graduate students in the History of Art Department talk about their research.

Dr Louise Hardiman

Wednesday 11 November - 12.00-13.00

Dr Louise Hardiman
Proletarians of all Countries, Unite! A Soviet Revolutionary porcelain vase by Sergei Chekhonin (1878-1936)

David Zagoury

Wednesday 25 November - 12.00-13.00

David Zagoury
Veronese's Hermes, Herse and Aglauros and the Global Renaissance

Meet in the Friends Room at 11.30 for coffee and cake.

Places: 16 - Friends only - Free but booking essential