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Friends of the Fitzwilliam Summer 2016 Events

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

ONLINE and PHONE bookings open 10.00am on Wednesday 20th April

COUNTER-SALES open at 12 noon on Wednesday 20th April

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.

Friends’ Study Morning
Discovering Hidden Treasures: behind the scenes in the Department of Coins & Medals

Tuesday 3 May | 10.15 – 12.30

The Fitzwilliam Museum’s Coins and Medals department is home to over 200,000 objects. The collections are universal in scope, from the origins of coinage to the present day, encompassing Ancient, Medieval, Modern and Oriental coins, tokens, jetons and paper money. Many of these objects are seldom on display but our morning will allow us to go behind the scenes to find out more about this fascinating part of the Museum’s collection. The morning will be led by Dr Adrian Popescu, Keeper of Coins and Medals, and his colleague Dr Martin Allen, Senior Assistant Keeper, who will introduce us to the history of the collection and allow us to handle some of the extraordinary objects. We will discover that money can come in many different shapes and sizes and listen to the amazing stories that even a very small object can tell. We will also find out what St Eligius and a house in France have to do with one of the department’s latest acquisitions: a coin bought with the help of the Friends.

Places: 30 - Guests welcome
£20 to include morning coffee and cake
Meet in the Friends Room at 10.15am

Organiser: Sarah Burles

The Hamilton Kerr Institute

Thursday 19 May | 10.00 – 12.00

We are delighted to offer a private visit to the Hamilton Kerr Institute, a department of the Fitzwilliam Museum and one of the world’s leading centres for teaching and research in the conservation of easel paintings. Housed in a mid-eighteenth century house and converted mill buildings, it contains a scientific laboratory and restoration studios. In this environment the Institute aims to educate painting conservators to the highest standard and to contribute to scientific, technical and art historical research. Coffee/tea and biscuits will be served in the Library on arrival. This will be followed by an introduction by the Director of the Institute, Rupert Featherstone, and a tour of the studios. Please note that there will be no admission before 10am.

Places: 25 - Friends only. Numbers are limited due to the restricted space and busy life of the Institute. We ask you not to apply if you have been to the Institute before, allowing the opportunity for others to visit. £30

Organiser: Sarah Bradfield.

The Hamilton Kerr Institute, Mill Lane, Whittlesford, CB22 4NE
Parking in nearby streets. For directions visit:

Boughton House and Gardens

Wednesday 15 June - Day Visit | 8.30 – 18.00

This remarkable house in Northamptonshire, known as the English Versailles, blends the intimate and the grand. Village-like Tudor courtyards contrast with a palatial French style. Virtually untouched for 150 years, the house’s astonishing contents include vividly fresh tapestries, silver, Sevres porcelain, 16th century carpets, renowned English and French furniture and paintings by El Greco, Van Dyck, Batoni and Gainsborough. Surrounding the house are 150 acres of landscaped parkland. After coffee on arrival, we will have a private tour of the ground floor of the house, followed by lunch. In the afternoon, we will be given a guided tour of the gardens. There will then be time for you to wander in the house, gardens or shop before enjoying a cream tea ahead of our return to Cambridge.

Places: 50 - Guests welcome
£65 to include coffee on arrival, light lunch, cream tea, entrance and private tour of House and gardens. Depart from Trumpington Park and Ride at 8.30am, return approx. 6pm

Organiser: Jane Helliwell

Summer Party
Newnham College

Tuesday 28 June | 18.30 – 20.30

This year our ever popular summer drinks party is being held in the house and gardens of the Principal of Newnham College, Professor Dame Carol Black. Dame Carol has generously offered to welcome us to the College, which is one of only two all women colleges in Cambridge. Originally set up to provide accommodation for young ladies at the end of the nineteenth century, it is now famous worldwide and is housed in buildings designed by Basil Champneys within a beautiful garden setting. The Principal’s Lodge was completed in 1959 to a design reminiscent of a classical Roman villa. The architect was Louis Osman, who in the 1960s gave up architecture to design and produce gold and silver items, his most famous work being the crown for the Investiture of the Prince of Wales in 1969.

Places: 130 - Friends only
£25 to include wine and canapés
Free parking from 5.30pm onwards in nearby Newnham Walk and Sidgewick Avenue

Organisers: Cazzy Walshe and Gillian Harrison

Selwyn College and Gardens

Wednesday 13 July | 10.00 – 12.00

We are delighted to offer Friends a personal visit to Selwyn College as guests of the Master, Roger Mosey. The College takes its name from George Selwyn (1809–1878), the first Anglican bishop of New Zealand and later Bishop of Lichfield. He was appointed to the post in New Zealand by Charles Blomfield, Bishop of London, whose son, renowned architect Arthur Blomfield, was later to design the buildings of Selwyn College. Selwyn is a notable ensemble of red-brick Victorian buildings, constructed in the 1880s. The buildings are surrounded by beautifully maintained gardens including the original Victorian planting scheme, a pond and a woodland walk. We will start with refreshments in the Master’s Lodge where the Master will tell us about the College as well as something of his career at the BBC. A tour of the College, including the Hall and Chapel, will follow after which the Head Groundsman will show us the gardens.

Places: 30 - Guests welcome
£25 to include refreshments
Meet at the main entrance to Selwyn College under the tower on Grange Road at 10am

Organisers: Claire Daunton and Gillian Harrison

Exclusive Friends’ Evening with wine reception
COLOUR: The art and science of illuminated manuscripts

Thursday 22 September | 18.00 – 20.00

To celebrate the second major exhibition of the Museum’s bicentenary year, we are delighted that the Museum has arranged a private evening for Friends. COLOUR hosts a stunning display of 150 illuminated manuscripts from the Museum’s rich collections. They range from the prayerbooks of European royalty and merchants to local treasures like the Macclesfield Psalter. Manuscripts were at the heart of Viscount Fitzwilliam’s collection with which the Museum was established in 1816 and many of them are displayed here for the first time. Dr Stella Panayotova, Keeper of Manuscripts and Printed Books, will give a presentation on this fascinating exhibition, after which she will be on hand to answer any questions as Friends enjoy exclusive access to the galleries. Do join us for what will be a very special occasion.

Places: 120 - Guests welcome
£15 to include wine reception
Doors open at 6pm - Presentation at 6.20pm
Please enter through the Courtyard Entrance