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Friends of the Fitzwilliam Summer 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 22nd April



To book tickets for the Private Preview event at Cheffins on the 28th April, please click here


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.


Private Preview for the sale of Art & Design from 1860

Tuesday 28 April - 18.00-20.00

Join us for our Spring social event at Cheffins Fine Art saleroom in Cambridge. There will be a short introductory talk at 18. 45 by Martin Millard, ASFAV, who will tell us a little about some 
of the more interesting lots that are included in the sale.

Places: 100 - Guests welcome - £15 to include wine and canapes


Propaganda and Subversion at the Fitzwilliam Museum

Illustrated talk by Nick Chrimes
Education Seminar Room at the Museum
Tuesday 12 May - 14.00–15.00

Art viewed in the context of its time provides fascinating insights. An apparently simple religious message, the majestic portrait, or ‘playful-townsfolk-at-a-feast’ can hide a political commentary. To move beyond the beauty of a painting, and its superficial message, to where social history meets art can be enormously rewarding. These messages may be bluntly made as in Hogarth’s portrayal of the corrupt judges (Gallery 3). At other times they require more searching, such as in Breughel’s Feast of St Anthony & St Hubert (The Spanish Gallery). This illustrated talk will cover paintings on permanent display,and a few that are not. Afterwards Friends can visit the paintings in the galleries.

Places: 50 - Guests welcome - £6


The Ascension Burial Ground

Thursday 4 June - 11.00 or Thursday 11 June - 14.00

The Ascension Burial Ground is one of Cambridge’s best kept secrets. Down a long lane off the Huntingdon Road is a pretty plot of land in which are buried many of Britain’s greatest intellectuals from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. We are fortunate to have as our guide Professor Mark Goldie, Historian and Fellow of Churchill College, who is the acknowledged expert on the Burial ground,also known as the ‘brainiest cemetery in England’.


Places: 18 - Guests welcome - £16. 50


Somerleyton Hall and Gardens

Tuesday 23 June - Day Visit

Originally a 17th century Jacobean Manor, the extravagant 
Hall was re-modelled in 1844. It is now one of the most highly regarded Victorian houses in England. The stunning 12 acre gardens include a famous yew hedge maze, Paxton glasshouses, formal and arboreal gardens and a new cutting garden. After coffee on arrival we will have a private tour of the house followed by an optional floristry demonstration using flowers from the Hall’s cutting garden.

Places: 50 - Guests welcome - £55 to include coffee on arrival, ploughman’s lunch, entrance and private tour of Hall and gardens and floristry demonstration


Flowers & Fans Summer Study Morning

Tuesday 30 June - 10.00-14.00

The first of a new series of termly study mornings exclusively for the Friends focusing on collectors and collections. After an introduction in the Seminar Room by Dr Victoria Avery, Keeper of Applied Arts, there will be a private visit to the Graham Robertson Study Room
to view some of the exquisite flower drawings and paintings from the Broughton collection with Amy Marquis, curator of the recent “Modern Heroism” exhibition. We will also take a fresh look at the Museum’s Messel-Rosse fan collection and view printed fan designs rarely on public display with Elenor Ling, research assistant in the Department of Paintings, Drawings and Prints.

Places: 30 - Friends only - £35 including morning coffee and sandwich lunch


Peterhouse College – Inside and out A Tour with the Master

Tuesday 7 July - 16.30–18.30

We are delighted to offer Friends a personal tour of Peterhouse, the oldest College in Cambridge, with its Master, Professor Adrian Dixon, and his wife, Anne. After meeting at Grove Lodge (the home of the Fitzwilliam Director) we will set off through the back entrance of the College to view the Pucinelli statues. in the Scholars’ Garden. We will then visit the Hall and Fellows’ Combination Room to view some of Cambridge’s hidden pre-Raphaelite secrets, followed by the College Chapel. The afternoon will conclude in the Master’s Lodge where Professor and Mrs Dixon will show the public rooms and garden, and wine and nibbles will be served.

Places: 25 - Friends only - £22


Summer drinks

The Vice-Chancellor’s Lodge, Latham Road, Cambridge
Wednesday 15 July - 18.00–20.00

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, and Lady Borysiewicz are very kindly hosting summer drinks for Friends at their home in Latham Road. The Vice-Chancellor will say a few words about the University and share with us some of his thinking on its future. Friends will be able to see a number of paintings from the Fitzwilliam on loan to our hosts and to enjoy wine and canapés in this delightful private home and garden. Numbers are limited and early booking is advised. Please note that this evening is for Friends only.

Places: 80 - Friends only - £25


History of Art Graduate Talks

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

Stephanie Azzarello

Wednesday 13 May - 12.00-13.00

Stephanie Azzarello
Venetian Manuscript Illuminations in the Founder’s Library


Georgios Markou

Wednesday 10 June - 12.00-1300

Georgios Markou
Cima da Conegliano's altarpiece from Santa Maria dei Crociferi, Venice


Places: 16 - Friends only - Free but booking essential