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Programme of Events: Winter - Spring 2014


The committee for the Friends of the Fitzwilliam organise events and visits for both Friends and friends of Friends to attend. These vary from visits to historic houses to something more closer to home with exclusive visits within the Museum and the Colleges of the University of Cambridge. All the events listed below are for Friends only; if you are not currently a Friend and would like to join you can download an application form.

To contact the Friends Office please email

You can download and view the current newsletter online

Booking Events over Christmas

The ADC Box Office will be closed for phone and counter ticket sales over the Christmas/New Year period from 7pm Wednesday 18th December until Monday 6th January. Event bookings may still be made online during this period.


The University Library

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The University Library is a masterpiece from the talented Gilbert Scott family of architects. The warmth and charm of the building, so evident from the inside, will be experienced through senior staff acting as our hosts.

We will visit the stately Reading Room, see some of the mechanics of book-fetching (the Library has a unique reputation for accessibility and speed of retrieval), and observe how legal deposit material is handled through a tour behind the scenes.

We will then visit the Map Room, where a special display - including the stunning Birdseye-view Cambridge maps by Lyne, Braun, Fuller and Loggan, which date back to the 1500s - will be on view and the subject of a short talk.

 

Places: 24, Friends only

Organiser: Nick Chrimes

 


 Meet in the Univeristy Library Entrance Hall

Please note that there is no parking available at the library.


venue

Cambridge University Library
West Road
Cambridge
CB3 9DR

date(s)

Thu 30 January 2014 at 2.00pm

tickets

£16
Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum only.

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A World Of Private Mystery - John Craxton RA

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We are delighted to offer a private view for Friends and their guests of the Museum’s winter exhibition of works by John Craxton, a painter appreciated by connoisseurs as one of the great British artists of the 20th century.

The evening will start with a glass of wine in the Courtyard where David Scrase, principal curator of the exhibition will set the context and Helen Strudwick, the Museum’s Exhibtions Officer, will tell us about the challenges of mounting the exhibition. Both will be on hand as we then go to the Mellon Gallery to see the paintings.

 

Places: 150

Guests welcome

Organiser: Margaret Mair

 


Doors open at 6.15pm, for 6.45pm talk


 

venue

The Fitzwilliam Museum
The Fitzwilliam Museum
Courtyard Entrance
Trumpington Street,
Cambridge CB2 1RB

date(s)

Tue 21 January 2014 at 6.45pm

tickets

£10.50
Guests welcome

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Behind The Scenes – Conservation: The Mummy Case of Hor

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In a special event, Friends will be able to study at very close quarters the Egyptian cartonnage mummy case of Hor, a little known treasure of the Fitzwilliam found in the Ramesseum at Thebes in 1896. Julie Dawson, Senior Assistant Keeper (Conservation) and Sophie Rowe, the conservator who worked on this fragile object have offered us this rare opportunity to share the conservator’s eye view through the microscope, look at the x-ray images that revealed Hor’s secrets and see an engineer’s clever solution to the problem of supporting the cartonnage.

 

Places: 16. Friends only

Ticket price includes tea and biscuits

Organiser: Margaret Mair

 


 Meet at Founders Entrance at 2.20pm


 

A waiting list has been opened for this event.

Please contact the ADC Box Office on 01223 300085 to be added to the list.

venue

The Fitzwilliam Museum
The Fitzwilliam Museum
Courtyard Entrance
Trumpington Street,
Cambridge CB2 1RB

date(s)

Fri 7 February 2014 at 2.30pm

tickets

£12.50
Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum only.
Ticket price includes tea and biscuits

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The Hamilton Kerr Institute

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The institute is a department of the Museum which provides conservation services for the Museum and also for the Royal Collection, the National Trust and other collections open to the public. It runs diploma courses in conservation and restoration as well as short courses on specific techniques.

The Institute is situated in a mid 18thC house and converted mill buildings, which now contain a scientific laboratory, restoration studios, studios for panel treatment and the reclining canvases, and also studios for photography and x rays.

 

Places: 24. Friends only

Organiser: Sarah Bradfield

 


 Please note that there will be no entry before 10.15 


 

A waiting list has been opened for this event.

Please contact the ADC Box Office on 01223 300085 to be added to the list.

venue

The Hamilton Kerr Institute
Hamilton Kerr Institute
Mill Lane
Whittlesford
CB22 4NE

The Hamilton Kerr Institute is situated in the several acres of attractive grounds of a converted 19th century mill building. We are approximately 7 miles south of Cambridge city centre.

Parking is available in nearby streets.

Access for wheelchairs

The front entrance to the Institute has steps. Intercom units are located at each entrance and a ramp is available for the main entrance. There are a few low steps on the ground floor of the Institute and only staricase access to the first floor.

date(s)

Mon 10 March 2014 at 10.15am

tickets

£25.00
Friends of the Fitzwilliam only

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The Cardozo Kindersley Workshop

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The Cardozo Kindersley Workshop on Victoria Road was founded by David Kindersley in 1946 and moved to its present premises in a disused Victorian school in 1977. David was apprenticed in his early career to Eric Gill, a leading figure in the Arts and Crafts movement. The beliefs which underpinned that movement are carried on in the Workshop today, under the leadership of Lida Cardozo, David's widow and herself a renowned sculptor. The tour of the workshop will be led by Lida, and we will have coffee before joining the staff in their morning work.

 

Places 12, Friends only

Organiser: Gillian Harrison

 


Meet 10.45 at the Cardozo Kindersley Workshop on Victoria Road


 

A waiting list has been opened for this event.

Please contact the ADC Box Office on 01223 300085 to be added to the list.

venue

The Cardozo Kindersley Workshop
Cardozo Kindersley Workshop
152 Victoria Rd
Cambridge
CB4 3DZ

date(s)

Wed 5 March 2014 at 10.45am

tickets

£20.00
Friends of the Fitzwilliam only

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Tour of Gonville and Caius College

details

By kind invitation of Lady Fersht, wife of the current Master, we are invited to visit Gonville and Caius College.

Originally founded in the C13 as Gonville Hall, the College is a central yet secret place, which behind the C19 facade in Trinity Street, recedes back in time through the only tree lined court in Cambridge.

There will be an opportunity to visit the Library as well as the Chapel, and we are invited to end the tour with tea at the Master's Lodge.

 

Places: 16. Friends only.

Organiser: Gillian Harrison

 


 Meet at 2.00pm at the Porters Lodge of Gonville and Caius College


 

The waiting list for this event is full.

The ADC Box Office is unable to add any more customers to the waiting list for this event.

 

venue

Gonville & Caius College
Gonville & Caius College
Trinity Street
Cambridge
CB2 1TA

date(s)

Wed 19 February 2014 at 2.00pm

tickets

£20.00, Friends only

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Museum Tours for Friends

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

Friends are welcome to book for either or both tours, which will take about 1 1/2 hours; groups will be small (8-10) and be guided by Friends who are familiar with the contents.

 

Places: 20 at each timing

Upper Floor Galleries:

Tuesday 18 February • 11.00am or 2.00pm

Lower Floor Galleries:

Thursday 20 February • 11.00am or 2.00pm

 

Organiser: Nick Chrimes/Marr Grieve

 


 Meet at the Founders Entrance 10 minutes before each tour


 

A waiting list will be opened should this event sell out.

venue

The Fitzwilliam Museum
The Fitzwilliam Museum
Courtyard Entrance
Trumpington Street,
Cambridge CB2 1RB

date(s)

Tue 18 - Thu 20 February 2014 at 11.00am

tickets

£3.00
Friends of the Fitzwilliam only

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Searching for Immortality in Modern China

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This event has been cancelled


With apologies for the inconvenience caused, the Friends of the Fitzwilliam have had to cancel the event SEARCHING FOR IMMORTALITY IN MODERN CHINA, due to unforeseen circumstances.

 

If you have already purchased a ticket, please contact the ADC Box Office on 01223 300085 or at <boxoffice@adctheatre.com> to arrange a refund.

 

 

venue

McCrum Lecture Theatre, Corpus Christi College
Report to Porter's Lodge

Corpus Christi College
Trumpington St
Cambridge
CB2 1RH

Corpus Christi College is situated on King’s Parade in Cambridge City Centre.

All visitors to the College should report first to the Porters’ Lodge located at the main entrance on King’s Parade.

date(s)

Tue 11 February 2014 at 5.30pm

tickets

£6.00
Guests welcome

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Audley End House - stuffed birds!

details

This is a Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum ONLY event. This event is not open to guests. Meet at entrance to Main House, car parking on site.

venue

Audley End House & Gardens
Off London Road
Saffron Walden
Essex
CB11 4JF

Experience a real life period drama as you explore life above and below stairs at this decadent mansion. A free carpark is available on site with overflow on grass area, with reserved parking for disabled visitors.

Detailed access information can be found on the website: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/audley-end-house-and-gardens/access

date(s)

Fri 25 April 2014 at 10.00am

tickets

£35.00
Friends of the Fitzwilliam only
Ticket includes coffee on arrival and buffet lunch

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Tea on Tuesday

This will recommence in January and continue to feature a short talk followed by tea in the Friend’s Room. Please meet by 2.30 pm in the Friends’ Room. Talks and tea are free for Friends only.

Tuesday 7 January

Tuesday 4 February

Tuesday 4 March