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


Friends of the Fitzwilliam Autumn 2018 Events



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

Designers & Jewellery 1850 –1940: Jewellery & Metalwork from the Fitzwilliam Museum with the exhibition curator Helen Ritchie

Wednesday 19 September • 10.15 - 13.00

Showcasing little-known treasures from the Fitzwilliam Museum’s outstanding permanent collection, this exhibition celebrates exquisitely designed and often handcrafted jewellery and metalwork,dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Objects on display encompass a wide range of styles, including intricate historicist and Neo-Gothic designs from the mid-19th century, representing jewellery by some of the finest jewellers of the time: Castellani, Giuliano, Robert Phillips, John Brogden and William Burges. The naturalistic Arts & Crafts movement is represented by C.R. Ashbee and the Guild of Handicraft, Henry Wilson and Phoebe Traquair, while the structural modernity of silver from the 1920s and 1930s is represented by leaders of the field, Omar Ramsden and H. G. Murphy. Highlights include unique jewellery designed by the artist Charles Ricketts for the couple Katharine Bradley and Edith Cooper, known collectively as the author, Michael Field, which holds a special place in the history of queer art in Britain.

The Study Morning will be led by exhibition curator Helen Ritchie and will begin with a presentation before she invites the Friends to join her in the exhibition in Gallery 10.

Places: 25 • Friends Only
Cost: £20 includes tea, coffee and cake
Venue: The Fitzwilliam Museum, meet in the Seminar Room (35) at 10.15

IMAGE:  © The Fitzwilliam Museum



Friends Exclusive Evening

Virginia Woolf: an exhibition inspired by her writings

Thursday 27 September • 18.00 – 20.00

Virginia Woolf: an exhibition inspired by her writings (2 October - 9 December 2018) draws attention to the many connections between Virginia Woolf, her contemporaries and those who share an affinity with her work. In this exhibition, Woolf’s writing acts as a prism through which to explore feminist perspectives. Featuring works by modern masters Vanessa Bell, Barbara Hepworth, Gwen John, Winifred Nicholson and Laura Knight the exhibition also encompasses mystics and surrealists such as Dorothea Tanning and Agnes Martin, and the extraordinary work of contemporary artists. Gwen Raverat’s Mountain Scenery is an addition to the exhibition from the Museum’s collection.

In the centenary of suffrage, the exhibition draws on the suffragist movement and the developing canon of art by women, using Woolf’s writing as a lens. It was in Cambridge that Woolf delivered a series of lectures that went on to become the extended essay A Room of One’s Own. The original manuscript will be on display in the exhibition. Friends are invited to a special evening where the exhibition’s curator Laura Smith, of The Whitechapel Gallery, will give a presentation on the exhibition. Friends will then be invited to enjoy exclusive access to the exhibition. The Courtyard Shop will be open throughout the evening.

18.00 Doors open at the Courtyard Entrance

18.20 Curatorial talk

18.45 Exhibition opens

20.00 Event ends

Places: 130 • Guests welcome
Cost: £20 includes drinks reception
Venue: The Fitzwilliam Museum, please arrive via the Courtyard Entrance

IMAGE: © Estate of Gwen Raverat. All rights reserved, DACS 2018. 



Day trip to the Munnings Art Museum, Dedham, Essex and The Minories Galleries, Colchester

Wednesday 10 October • 9.00 – 17.30

The Munnings Art Museum, is the former home of the artist Sir Alfred Munnings (1878-1959) and his wife, Violet. Described by Munnings as ‘the house of my dreams’, this elegant Tudor and Georgian building was where he lived and worked for over forty years. The house is set in forty acres of beautiful countryside in the Dedham Vale and owns the largest collection of artworks by this prolific East Anglian painter and former President of the Royal Academy (1944-1949).

Friends will enjoy a private curator-led tour in the morning. After lunch in the Garden Café, we will make our way to the second venue of the day. The Minories Galleries houses a contemporary art gallery run by Colchester School of Art. The site is also home to a shop selling some of the best art and crafts to be found across the region. As well as the public gallery and shop, there is also an onsite ‘Tiptree’ Tea Room and a wonderful walled garden that is looked after by The Friends of TheMinories.

A listed Georgian building, The Minories is of local importance within the historic town of Colchester.

Tagg’s Island 1919, Sir Alfred Munnings
© the Estate of Sir Alfred Munnings

9.00 Cambridge Babraham P&R - coach collection

10.30 Arrival (approx) for refreshments and introduction to The Munnings Art Museum

11.00 Curatorial tour

12.30 Lunch in the Garden Café

13.45 Coach pick-up for onward journey to The Minories Galleries

14.00 Arrival and welcome followed by brief tour of galleries and free time

15.45 Return journey to Cambridge Babraham P&R

Places: 50 • Guests welcome
Cost: £50 to include morning refreshments and lunch
Venue: The Munnings Art Museum, Castle Hill, Dedham, Essex, CO7 6AZ and The Minories Galleries, 74 High Street, Colchester CO1 1UE



Welcome coffee, cake and tour for new Friends

Saturday 13 October • 10.15 – 12.00

If you are new to the Friends, would like the opportunity to meet other Friends and wish to be better acquainted with the Fitzwilliam Museum’s collection of paintings, please do join us for refreshments and a guided tour through the paintings galleries, led by Sarah Burles.

Places 20 • Friends only
Cost: Free, but booking essential
Venue: The Fitzwilliam Museum, arrive via the Courtyard Entrance and meet in the Friends’ Room from 10.15 for coffee and cake before the tour at 10.45

IMAGE: © Martin Bond

Friends Christmas Party

Thursday 29 November • 18.30 – 20.30

As the Founder’s Galleries are closed for crucial renovations this year, we are delighted that the Museum of Zoology have very kindly agreed to host our Friends Christmas Party in their impressive Whale Hall where Friends will enjoy festive refreshments and meet Cambridge’s largest resident – a 21 metre fin whale.

The University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge is one of the largest and most important natural history collections in the UK, with an extraordinarily rich history dating back to 1814. The Museum reopened this summer after a five-year, multi-million pound redevelopment project during which it received a complete renovation, including the construction of new stores to preserve its outstanding collections, a dramatic new glass entrance hall where the fin whale skeleton resides and the creation of the Whale Café, shop and Learning Lab.

Please bring along your family and friends to enjoy a drink and celebrate the festive season in this spectacular venue. The Shop will be open and Friends will receive a 10% discount on their purchases. A selection of Fitzwilliam Museum Christmas cards will also be available.

18.30: Doors open

19.00: Address from Prof Geoff Ward, Fitzwilliam Museum Acting Director, and Welcome from Prof Paul Brakefield, Professor of Zoology and Director of the Museum of Zoology

19.15: Time to mingle, explore the galleries and peruse the museum shop

20.30: Museum closes

Places: 180 • Guests welcome
Cost: £27.50 to include wine and canapés
Venue: The Whale Hall, Museum of Zoology, Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3EJ

IMAGE: The Whale Hall © The Museum of Zoology