Friends of the Fitzwilliam Spring 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 Friday 18th December

COUNTER-SALES open at 12 noon on Friday 18th December

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.



Queen’s College: Highlights and treasures - Sold Out

Thursday 21st January 13.15-15.30

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We are delighted to offer Friends this very special visit to Queens’ College by kind invitation of Suzi Digby (Lady Eatwell), the wife of the President. Queens’ College, founded in 1448 by Margaret of Anjou, is one of the oldest and largest of the University. Meeting at the Porters’ Lodge, we will first have a tour with Dr Robin Walker who will show us some of the College highlights and treasures. We will then have the privilege of a private visit to the President’s Lodge for tea where Friends will be able to see the Long Gallery, one of the finest in England, and other outstanding furniture and paintings in the College’s collection.

Places: 25
£30 to include tea and biscuits
Meet at the Queens’ College Porters’ Lodge, Silver Street at 13.15 with a prompt start at 13.30
Organisers: Margaret Mair and Claire Daunton


History of Art Graduate Talks

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Krisztina Ilko


Wednesday 10th February
12.00-13.00

Wednesday 2nd March
12.00-13.00


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Akemi Herraez-Vossbrink

Continuing this very popular series of talks which give Friends the opportunity to hear graduate students from the History of Art Department discuss their research. We are very slightly changing the format to meet first in the Friends Room for coffee and cake at 11.45 before the talks. New members of the Friends are particularly encouraged to come.

Places: 16 - Friends only
Free, but booking essential
Organiser: Gwen Borysiewicz



Friends’ Study Morning Founding the Fitzwilliam: Viscount Fitzwilliam, collector and bibliophile - Sold Out

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It was Richard, 7th Viscount Fitzwilliam's generous 1816 bequest to the University of Cambridge of his collected pictures, engravings, books and manuscripts, along with £100,000 to build a 'Good Substantial Museum' which led to the foundation of the Fitzwilliam Museum. This Friends Study Morning will offer a unique opportunity to find out more about Viscount Fitzwilliam, the man and the collector, and to see some of his collection of books and manuscripts. The first session will be led by Dr Lucilla Burn, Keeper of Antiquities and Deputy Director, Collections. In the second part of the morning, Dr Suzanne Reynolds, Assistant Keeper, Department of Manuscripts and Printed Books, will welcome us into the Founder’s Library to see some of this extraordinary collection as we discover Viscount Fitzwilliam, the bibliophile.

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


Arts and Crafts: A Local Story

Tuesday 23rd February
14.00-15.00

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This is the story of a Victorian working class painter, David Parr, who worked for the Cambridge based decorative arts company, F.R. Leach and Sons. Over 40 years, Mr Parr decorated his own terraced house in Gwydir Street, in the same style as the Victorian Gothic and Arts and Crafts houses he was working on. After his death in 1927, the little house was kept virtually unaltered by his widow and then by his granddaughter and her family. Tamsin Wimhurst, who has been instrumental in securing the house, will give us an illustrated talk about Mr Parr and his employers in the richly decorated setting of All Saints Church in Jesus Lane, which the firm decorated. Visiting Mr Parr’s house is not included in this programme, but Friends will be given the opportunity to make arrangements.

Places: 35 • Guests welcome
£16.50 to include tea and biscuits
Venue: All Saints Church, Jesus Lane
Parking: Surrounding streets or city car parks at Park Street, Grand Arcade and Grafton Centre
Organiser: Gillian Harrison


Exclusive Friends’ Evening with wine reception
Death on the Nile: Uncovering the afterlife of ancient Egypt

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Monday 29th February 18.00-20.00

To celebrate this major exhibition of the Museum’s bicentenary year, we are delighted that the Museum has arranged a private evening for Friends. One of the Fitzwilliam Museum’s most popular collections, the Egyptian Coffins have their origin as one of the earliest gifts to the Museum in 1822. Death on the Nile: Uncovering the afterlife of ancient Egypt goes beyond the images of mummies, animal-headed gods, pharaohs and mystery often associated with ancient Egypt, to explore the beliefs and working practices behind Egyptian coffins and reveal fascinating new information on how they were made. The curator, Helen Strudwick, and the Head of Conservation, Julie Dawson, will give short presentations on their experience in bringing this interactive exhibition to life, after which they will be on hand to answer questions as Friends enjoy exclusive access to the galleries.

Places: 200 • Guests welcome
£15 to include wine reception
Doors open 18.00 • Presentations at 18.20
Please enter through the Courtyard Entrance


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Sir Christopher Wren: Walking tour of London Wren Churches and St Paul’s Cathedral - Sold Out

Friday 4th March
11.00-15.00

Sir Christopher Wren initiated the rebuilding of 51 City churches, classical in style and superb in workmanship. Guided by Joanne Lee, an experienced Blue Badge Guide, we first visit a chosen sample of these fine buildings. 2016 marks the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London from which Wren's masterpiece, St Paul's Cathedral, emerged as a phoenix from the flames. After lunch taken independently between 1.00 and 2.00pm (with advice given on nearby cafés,) we will enjoy a tour of the Cathedral interior, after which there will be time for individual exploration.

Places: 28 • Guests welcome
£40.00 - St Paul’s Cathedral now charges for admission and this is reflected in the cost of the day. The price includes fast track entry and access to the Cathedral floor, crypt and the three galleries in the dome.
Please note – This is a walking tour and there may be uneven surfaces. You also may wish to bring binoculars.
Meet at Tower Hill tube station at 10.45 for 11.00 start


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