skip to content

Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 - 17:00
Sundays & Bank Holidays: 12:00 - 17:00
Closed Good Friday, 24-26 & 31 December and 1 January
FREE ADMISSION

 

Detail of the Founder's  Library shelves

Curatorial material in the Department may be consulted by visitors over 16 years of age whether they are scholars, students, or members of the public, but an appointment must be made in advance.  Those under 16 should be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Please contact
msspb@fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

Material is consulted in the Graham Robertson Study Room and the Founder’s Library (see: Founder’s Library Regulations).
The Founder’s Library (Room 25) is located on the ground floor down the stairs from the Main Entrance Hall.  The Graham Robertson Study Room (Room 9) is located on the first floor next to the Spanish Gallery (Gallery 8).

Substantial parts of the collection have restricted access, and in that case, we would ask for a scholarly justification for needing to consult the material. 

Groups are welcome to visit the Graham Robertson Study Room.  The room is available for teaching purposes (priority given to University teaching in full term) and for groups of up to 12 visitors.

We recommend that visitors use the Courtyard Entrance, which has level access.  The lift is also located at this end of the building.

All visitors must sign the Visitor Book upon arrival, produce photographic ID on their first visit, and a letter of recommendation (where applicable).  They may make appointments to revisit in the future without further formalities. 

Before visiting, scholars and students are advised to note the opening hours listed below, and to consult the following catalogues and reference tools: 

 

 

Fine Printed Books

are consulted in the Graham Robertson Study Room by appointment Tuesday – Friday 10.00 – 13.00 and 14.00 - 16.30.

Records on all fine printed books in the Museum collections are available online through the University of Cambridge Library Catalogue (iDiscover).  Select Fitzwilliam Museum from the dropdown list headed All Libraries.

  

Music

is consulted in the Graham Robertson Study Room by appointment Tuesday – Friday 10.00 – 13.00 and 14.00 - 16.30. 

All the music manuscripts, including Viscount Fitzwilliam’s bequest, are now catalogued online, with music incipits where appropriate, and can be found on the University of Cambridge library catalogue (iDiscover).  Select Fitzwilliam Museum from the dropdown list headed All Libraries.

Some of the printed music is also catalogued on the University of Cambridge Library catalogue (iDiscover).  Pre-1825 printed music is in the published catalogue:

A Short-Title Catalogue of Music Printed Before 1825 in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, ed. V. Rumbold and I. Fenlon, Cambridge, 1992. 

Please note that information in the Fuller-Maitland catalogue

J.A. Fuller-Maitland and A.H. Mann, Catalogue of the Music in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, London, 1893

has been substantially updated in the online and Rumbold-Fenlon catalogues. 

 

Literary Manuscripts, Autographs, and Archives

are consulted in the Graham Robertson Study Room by appointment Tuesday – Friday 10.00 – 13.00 and 14.00 - 16.30.

This part of the collections is the focus of an ongoing cataloguing project which is adding new records to the Museum’s collections database, Collections Explorer. Some holdings are searchable through the University of Cambridge’s archival search tool, JANUS.

Archival collections in Collections Explorer

General series (A – Z)
Wilfrid Scawen Blunt (collection level)
Charlotte Brontë (collection level)
Elizabeth Barrett Browning (part to item level)
Edward Burne-Jones (collection level)
Sidney Colvin (item level)
Edward Dent (item level)
Edwin Edwards (part to item level)
J W L Glaisher (collection level)
Cecilia Glaisher, Snow crystals (item level)
John Linnell (items catalogued individually)
Raymond Lister (part to item level)
George Macfarren (collection level)
William Morris (item level)
Sir Robert Peel (part to item level)
Spencer George Perceval bequest (collection level)
Robinson collection: literary letters (item level)
Christine and Dante Gabriel Rossetti Rossetti (item level)
Walter Scott (item level)
Samuel Smiles (item level)
Walter Strachan (collection level)
Philip Webb (collection level)

Archival collections in JANUS

Wilfrid Scawen Blunt (collection level)
Edward Burne-Jones (part to item level)
Michael Camille (item level)
Keith Grant (item level)
M R James (collection level)
John Linnell (collection level)
William Morris (collection level)
Spencer George Perceval bequest (part to item level)

In addition, researchers looking for particular authors may find it useful to consult the LOCATION REGISTER OF ENGLISH LITERARY MANUSCRIPTS AND LETTERS, hosted by Reading University.

A comprehensive hard copy index of authors and correspondents is available in the Founder’s Library, and can be made available to researchers by appointment (please see above). 

 

Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts

are consulted in the Founder’s Library by appointment Tuesday – Friday 10.00 – 13.00 and 14.00 - 16.30.

Please consult the following catalogues:

M.R. James, A Descriptive Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 1895.  [Link to online version at archive.org]

M.R. James, A Descriptive Catalogue of the McClean Collection of Manuscripts in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 1912.  [Link to online version at archive.org]

F. Wormald and P. Giles, A Descriptive Catalogue of the Additional Manuscripts in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 1982. 

A Catalogue of Western Book Illumination in the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Cambridge Colleges, Part I: The Frankish Kingdoms, Northern Netherlands, Germany, Bohemia, Hungary, Austria, The Meuse Region, Southern Netherlands, ed. N. Morgan and S. Panayotova, 2 vols., London and Turnhout: Harvey Miller/Brepols, 2009 

A Catalogue of Western Book Illumination in the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Cambridge Colleges, Part II: Italy and the Iberian Peninsula, ed. N. Morgan, S. Panayotova and S. Reynolds, 2 vols., London and Turnhout: Harvey Miller/Brepols, 2011

A Catalogue of Western Book Illumination in the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Cambridge Colleges, Part IV: The British Isles. Volume I: Insular and Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts, ed. N. Morgan and S. Panayotova, with the assistance of Rebecca Rushforth, London and Turnhout: Harvey Miller/Brepols, 2013

A Catalogue of Western Book Illumination in the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Cambridge Colleges, Part III: France. Volume I: France, c. 1050-c. 1175, ed. D. Jackson, N. Morgan and S. Panayotova, London and Turnhout: Harvey Miller/Brepols, 2015

A Catalogue of Western Book Illumination in the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Cambridge Colleges, Part V, Incunabula. Volume I: Books Printed in Italy before 1501, A.E. Andriolo and S. Reynolds, London and Turnhout: Harvey Miller/Brepols, 2017

Further catalogues are in production.