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Programme of Events: Spring - Summer 2014

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


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.

With regret, the trip to Compton Verney due on Thursday 24 July has had to be cancelled.

Behind the Scenes Conservation
Art on Paper: Collection, care and preservation

Wednesday 21 May 10.30 –12.30 & 14.00 – 16.00
Saturday 14 June 10.30 –12.30

Richard Farleigh (Newton Paper Conservator) has kindly agreed to explain and illustrate his work as one of the Museum’s in house specialists, primarily supporting the department of Paintings, Drawings and Prints. Friends will have a unique opportunity to visit the conservation studio and view assorted examples of work before, during and after treatments, with an introduction to both the sheer scale and some of the fascinating processes involved. To complement the studio visit, Richard will then take the group to the Graham Robertson room where he will show some of the Museum’s rarely seen works on paper, which have been conserved, including pieces by Romney, Blake, Palmer, Cotman, Constable, Cox, Ruskin, Turner, W H Robinson, Epstein, Paolozzi and Searle.

Places: 12 on each tour Friends only

The Manor at Hemingford Grey

Saturday 7 June or Wednesday 11 June 14.15 to 16.00

The Manor at Hemingford Grey stands beside the River Ouse and dates from 1130. The thick stone walls and Norman arched windows give it a fairy tale appearance, set as it is in a magical garden full of roses, iris and topiary chess pieces. The house is the setting for Lucy Boston’s children’s stories, ‘the House at Green Knowe’, written in the 1950s. Lucy Boston was a prodigious creator, designing and planting the garden as well as sewing a collection of patchwork quilts and writing. She also entertained, (the artist Elizabeth Vellacott was a friend) and held gramophone concerts for local servicemen. Lucy Boston’s daughter in law, Diana, will show us around the atmospheric house. We will see the renowned quilt collection and also the garden. The village has a tea garden and gastro pub for refreshments before or after this special summer visit.

Places: 18 on each tour - Guests Welcome
Please note that this trip does not include transport or refreshments

Legal Walking tour of London

Tuesday 24 June

A two part day to discover this wonderful part of London with a blue Badge guide, who is also a practising criminal defence lawyer. We will explore the tranquillity of the Inns of Court, home to the legal profession since the C14th and discover the past, the fictional and life as a lawyer today. There will be an interval for an hour for independent lunch in one of the local cafes or gardens. We are privileged to have a private tour of Middle Temple which was built in 1573 and is one of the finest Elizabethan Halls in the country.

Places 28 - £22.50 - Guests welcome
Please note - this does not include transport or refreshments.

Summer Drinks Party The Master’s Lodge, Trinity College

Tuesday 8 July 18.00 – 20.00

The Master of Trinity, Sir Greg Winter, has kindly agreed to host our summer drinks party in the garden of the Master’s Lodge. The Master will say a few words about the College and invite Friends to look round the public rooms on the ground and first floors of the Lodge in which a wonderful collection of the College’s Tudor portraits are hung. If wet, the party will be in the downstairs public rooms. This is a unique opportunity to visit one of Cambridge’s greatest treasures and to enjoy the river views from the garden. Early booking is advised.

Places: 150 - £22 - Guests welcome

The Kiss of Judas – Fitzwilliam Museum

Wednesday 9 July - 14.45

This C15th English painting panel has only recently been acquired by the Fitzwilliam Museum. Prior to its unveiling at the museum this summer, it will have been cleaned and conserved at the Hamilton Kerr. Art conservator Lucy Whapson will take Friends to stand before the panel itself to reveal the mysteries behind the conservation of this wonderful work of art. Both conservation work and the historical changes the painting has witnessed will be discussed.

£14 - Friends only

Cambridge walk - Architecture & Politics

Tuesday 15th July or Tuesday 12th August 14.00-16.00

Architecture is indivisible from history. Thus many of the best Cambridge buildings carry political messages contemporary to their times. Two church buildings in Cambridge match Saxon culture against Norman, others at Magdalene and Corpus Christi colleges reveal why the Reformation was so dangerous to the university. Peterhouse chapel may be ‘Gothic Survival’, or perhaps ‘Gothic Revival’, but it certainly reflects Archbishop Laud’s tenure of the Canterbury see. The grandeur of the Senate House and the Fitzwilliam proclaim this country’s belief that it was the successor to the ancient civilisations of Rome and Athens. Even the east end of the marian Trinity Chapel has a carved message laden with politics Looking at these buildings primarily from a non-aesthetic viewpoint increases their interest. This tour will begin at the Fitzwilliam, end at Magdalene College and cover much in between.

£16.50 - Friends only

Cancelled - Moore Rodin at Compton Verney, Warwickshire

Thursday 24 July – Day visit

This event has now been cancelled.

A chance to visit this ground-breaking and highly acclaimed exhibition which brings together two of the greatest sculptors of the modern age: Auguste Rodin and Henry Moore. Compton Verney has an award winning art gallery housed in a Grade 1 listed mansion, set in 120 acres of Capability Brown parkland. The sculptures will be shown within the landscape and inside the gallery. Compton Verney is also home to 6 permanent collections and there will be an opportunity to view a special exhibition of Trench Art marking the centenary of World War 1. After coffee on arrival we will have a tour followed by a buffet lunch. There will then be time to visit the other galleries, wander the grounds and to buy a cream tea in the café, if you so wish, before returning to Cambridge around 6.00pm

£55 - Friends Only
To include coffee on arrival, buffet lunch, tour and entrance to all galleries and grounds


6 May, 3 June & 1 July 14.30

Tea-on-Tuesday is a drop-in chance to meet other Friends. We gather in the Friends’ Room before 2.30 and have a short talk and visit something of interest in the Museum.

6 May: Marr Grieve will talk about The Portland Vase and its copies.
3 June: Mary Bligh will take us Inside the Lower Marlay Gallery.
1 July: Sally Sandys-Renton will show us Treasures of Gallery 3.

Do come and join us.

Free - Friends only

History of Art Graduate Talks

7 May & 10 June 12.00-13.00

7 May - Zac Rose will talk about Nicholas Stael: Being Modern at the Fitzwilliam.
10 June - Matthew Lasnoski will talk about Arts of the Near East with reference to objects in Gallery 33

Free - Friends only