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Friends of the Fitzwilliam Spring 2015 Events


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

BOOKING OPENS on 17 DECEMBER at 10am

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 People’s Portraits at Girton College

Wednesday 28 January - 14.00–16.00
Wednesday 11 February - 14.00–16.00

By kind invitation of Jeremy West, husband of the Mistress of Girton, we are invited to visit the People’s Portraits Gallery at the College.

This Collection which is increasing every year, was started as a Millenium project in 2000 by the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and is held on long term loan at Girton. The artists are all members of the Society and every picture tells a story. Introducing us to the gallery and the stories will be the Head Librarian and Curator. We will then have an opportunity to see a collection of Russian icons and the famous Girton ‘Portrait Mummy’ Hermione Grammatike.

There will be a chance to climb the tower for a view of the College and beyond, before having tea in the comfortable setting of the Stanley library.

Places: 16 on each date - Friends only - £20


Museum Tours for Friends

Upper Floor Galleries
Tuesday 27 January 11.00 or 14.00

Lower Floor Galleries
Thursday 29 January - 11.00 or 14.00

We are offering two introductory tours to the Galleries, one upstairs (for Paintings and Sculpture) and one downstairs (for Antiquities and Ceramics).

Friends are welcome to book for either or both tours which take about an hour and a half each. Groups will be small (8 to 10) and will be guided by Friends who are familiar with the Museum contents. .

Places: 20 at each timing - Friends only - £5


Winter Lecture
King’s College Chapel - England’s Oldest Art Gallery
To be held at the McCrum Theatre, Corpus Christi College

Tuesday 3 February - 18.30
(doors open 18.15, entrance in Bene’t Street)

Nicholas Chrimes, author of Treasure Island in the Fens will give an illustrated talk on the social, political and artistic messages within the stained glass of Kings College Chapel. So many of the very best artists of the Northern Renaissance have inspired the designs that the Chapel can claim to be our country’s first art gallery.


Places: 150 - Guests welcome - £6 to include glass of wine after the lecture


Exclusive Keeper Insight Morning - Special Treasures from the Applied Arts Collections

Thursday 5 March - 10.00-12.30

Dr Vicky Avery, Keeper of Applied Arts, will share with us some of her favourite objects. After an illustrated talk in the Education Seminar Room, she will take us into the galleries to talk about a number of the Museum’s special treasures, including the newly acquired Mater Dolorosa by Pedro de Mena, the secrets of the Boulle Cabinet-on-stand, the recently restored Delftware flower-vase and, most importantly, a pair of incredibly important newly-discovered bronzes, by a Rennaisance master, on loan to the Museum for 6 months from early February.

Meet in Friends Room from 10.00 for coffee and cake. Talk will start at 10.30.

Places: 30 - Friends only - £16


Treasured Possessions

Saturday 28 March - 12.00-13.00

The Museum’s exhibition Treasured Possessions from Renaissance to Enlightenment opens on March 24th. To coincide with the Museum’s Irresistible Chocolate and Coffee Morning on Saturday 28th March, curator Dr Vicky Avery will give an illustrated talk in the Education Seminar Room introducing and explaining the exhibition.

Places: 50 - Guests welcome - £5



History of Art Graduate Talks

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

Sarah Rabinowe

Wednesday 28 January - 12.00-13:.00

Sarah Rabinowe
Titian's Tarquin and Lucretia and the Painting's First Printed Copy


James Cahill

Wednesday 18 Feburary - 12.00-13.00

James Cahill
Cupids and Capriccios: Classical receptions in the Fitzwilliam collections.


Places: 16 - Friends only - Free but booking essential



Tea on Tuesday

6 January

Marr Grieve will introduce us to Philip II

3 February

Carol Humphrey, Honourary Keeper of Textiles, will talk about a recently acquired sampler made in a Quaker school in 1787.

3 March

Dr David Evans will show us some Archive Prints.


14.15 for 14.30 We shall continue to meet informally in the Friends’ Room on the above dates for a short talk, tea, cake and a chat.

Free - Guests welcome