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Sundays & Bank Holidays: 12:00 - 17:00
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Lunchtime Talks

The Great Belzoni

Giovanni Belzoni and the allure of Egypt

A talk with:
Jane Munro, Keeper of Paintings, Drawing & Prints
Helen Strudwick, Associate Curator (Egyptian Antiquities)
Briony Llewellyn, independent Art Historian specialising in British artists’ depictions of the Near and Middle East

25/09/2019

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Pop-up museum

Caring for ancient Egyptian coffins in Cairo (Part 2): The ‘Pop-Up’ museum outreach project

A talk with Helen Strudwick, Associate Curator & Dr Melanie Pitkin, Research Associate, Egyptian Antiquities.

02/10/2019

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Art speak

Drop-in and enjoy half an hour looking at and talking about art.

15/10/2019

13:15 to 13:45

Free

Pineapple teapot

From the exotic to the everyday: Changing attitudes to the pineapple

A talk with Dr Melissa Calaresu and Dr Emma Spary, Faculty of History, and Dr Kasia Boddy, Faculty of English.

16/10/2019

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Book cover

The life and work of Emmanuel Cooper

A talk with David Horbury, Author.

30/10/2019

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Titian’s Tarquin and Lucretia

Sex and death: Looking at Titian’s Tarquin and Lucretia in the age of #MeToo

A talk with Libby Howie, Independent Curator.

06/11/2019

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Woman's ear

Modes of listening: How what we see greatly impacts what we hear

A talk with Dr Mine Dogantan-Dack, Faculty of Music.

13/11/2019

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Art speak

Drop-in and enjoy half an hour looking at and talking about art.

19/11/2019

13:15 to 13:45

Free

Sound wave

Picturing what cannot be seen: Visualising sound within 19th-century acoustics

A talk with Dr David Trippett, Faculty of Music.

20/11/2019

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Ceramic food

Curators’ introduction to Feast & Fast

A talk with Dr Victoria Avery and Dr Melissa Calaresu, Exhibition Curators.

27/11/2019

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Ceramic apples

Good enough to eat? Preparing ceramic fake food for the Feast & Fast exhibition

A talk with Tim Matthews, Applied Arts Technician.

04/12/2019

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Lotus flowers

The fragrance of lotus: Archaeology and sensorial experimentation in Afghanistan caves 1960s – 1980s

A talk with Professor Vimalin Rujivacharakul, Department of Art History, University of Delaware, Newark, USA.

11/12/2019

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Art speak

Drop-in and enjoy half an hour looking at and talking about art.

17/12/2019

13:15 to 13:45

Free

Christmas food

The food of Christmas past

A talk with Ivan Day, Feast & Fast Food Historian.

18/12/2019

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Lunchtime Concerts

Musician

Works for piano by female composers

Diana Brekalo presents music by Lily Boulanger, Fanny Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann and Countess Dora Pejačević.

13/10/2019

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Sheet music

Music for harpsichord

Final concert of the complete Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, recital No. 30, performed by Francis Knights.

20/10/2019

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Musician

Music for piano

George Harliono performs Chopin's Sonata No.2 in B flat Minor. Please note that this Performance will be filmed.

27/10/2019

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Musical notes

Piano and song

Alison Daniels (mezzo soprano) and Mark Hounsell (tenor) perform Benjamin Britten’s Canticle II: Abraham and Isaac.

03/11/2019

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Musical notes

Mulberry Piano Trio

Recital including Saint-Saens’ Trio Op. 18.

10/11/2019

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Musician

Handel inspires Handel

For his final recital as Honorary Keeper of Music, and on St Cecilia’s day, Gerald Gifford performs works from Handel’s own manuscripts in the Fitzwilliam’s collection, which demonstrate the composer’s art of arrangement and adaptation for keyboard.

22/11/2019

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Musician

Music for piano and violin

Alex Reid (piano) and Andrew Lawrie (violin) perform works including Beethoven’s Spring Sonata Op 24.

24/11/2019

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Musical notes

Cambridge University Instrumental Award Holders

A performance by the very best undergraduate chamber musicians.

Each of the Fitzwilliam's concerts highlights a particular work in the Museum's collection. Notes on the connection are included with the music programme (handed out on the day of the concert), which will also direct you to the work of art in the collection.

01/12/2019

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Adult Workshops

Drawings of a Venetian model

Life drawing

To complement our exhibition Rembrandt and the Nude join us for two days of expressive drawing sessions, with expert guidance from our guest artists. All materials provided.

26/09/2019 to 28/09/2019

11:00 to 16:00

£15 per workshop (£10 concessions)

Linocut

MUSE: Statement pieces

Take a look at the subtle ways designers have incorporated ideals into their work to spur on a cause. Join us for a Museum tour, then create your own design statement in the form of a mini lino print stamp.

27/09/2019

10:15 to 12:00

£10

Flower arranging

Portals to the World

An art appreciation course designed especially for people living at home with a dementia diagnosis and their care partners. Each week join us in one of the galleries for a short talk followed by a related hands on practical art activity or art handling. In partnership with Dementia Compass.

10/10/2019

14:00 to 16:00

Free

Flower arranging

Portals to the World

An art appreciation course designed especially for people living at home with a dementia diagnosis and their care partners. Each week join us in one of the galleries for a short talk followed by a related hands on practical art activity or art handling. In partnership with Dementia Compass.

17/10/2019

14:00 to 16:00

Free

Egyptian temple

MUSE: Re-imaging Egypt

Visit our Belzoni exhibition and think about the influence Egyptian antiquities had on Western artists and designers from the 1820s-1930s, then return to the Studio to make your own Egyptian-inspired work in mixed media.

18/10/2019

10:15 to 12:00

£10

Flower arranging

Portals to the World

An art appreciation course designed especially for people living at home with a dementia diagnosis and their care partners. Each week join us in one of the galleries for a short talk followed by a related hands on practical art activity or art handling. In partnership with Dementia Compass.

24/10/2019

14:00 to 16:00

Free

Flower arranging

Portals to the World

An art appreciation course designed especially for people living at home with a dementia diagnosis and their care partners. Each week join us in one of the galleries for a short talk followed by a related hands on practical art activity or art handling. In partnership with Dementia Compass.

31/10/2019

14:00 to 16:00

Free

Flower arranging

Portals to the World

An art appreciation course designed especially for people living at home with a dementia diagnosis and their care partners. Each week join us in one of the galleries for a short talk followed by a related hands on practical art activity or art handling. In partnership with Dementia Compass.

07/11/2019

14:00 to 16:00

Free

Flower arranging

Portals to the World

An art appreciation course designed especially for people living at home with a dementia diagnosis and their care partners. Each week join us in one of the galleries for a short talk followed by a related hands on practical art activity or art handling. In partnership with Dementia Compass.

14/11/2019

14:00 to 16:00

Free

Flower arranging

Portals to the World

An art appreciation course designed especially for people living at home with a dementia diagnosis and their care partners. Each week join us in one of the galleries for a short talk followed by a related hands on practical art activity or art handling. In partnership with Dementia Compass.

21/11/2019

14:00 to 16:00

Free

Flower arranging

Portals to the World

An art appreciation course designed especially for people living at home with a dementia diagnosis and their care partners. Each week join us in one of the galleries for a short talk followed by a related hands on practical art activity or art handling. In partnership with Dementia Compass.

28/11/2019

14:00 to 16:00

Free

Ceramic food

MUSE: Food glorious food

Feast your eyes on fantastic table settings and Baroque banquets in our new Feast & Fast exhibition. Find inspiration and model your own contemporary take on Baroque tableware – there’s no such thing as over the top!

29/11/2019

10:15 to 12:00

£10

Japanese snow print

Extended MUSE workshop: Winter lights

Explore the beauty of winter in our collection - low sun in softly lit European landscapes and Japanese snow scenes. See a selection of these artworks on paper with a visit to the Study Room. Then return to the Studio for a morning creating your own winter-inspired prints and paintings to use as greeting cards or seasonal gifts.

13/12/2019

10:15 to 13:00

£15

Gingerbread

Christmas recipes

Join Food Historian, Ivan Day, for this insightful talk about historical Christmas food, with demonstration of original equipment and object handling opportunities. Afterwards there will also be the chance to walk around the Feast & Fast exhibition with Ivan, to look at exhibits relating to Christmas food traditions.

17/12/2019

14:00 to 15:30

£10 (£8 concessions)

Talks and Events

The Greatest Showman

LATE: The Greatest Showman

Book for a special viewing of The Greatest Showman (PG). Popcorn, hot dogs and other nibbles will be available to buy on the night, there will be live music and the chance to view our new exhibition about Giovanni Belzoni (19th century explorer and circus strongman) before the film.

26/09/2019

18:00 to 21:00

Female nude

Early morning curators’ tour of Rembrandt and the Nude

A chance to look at paintings of nudes owned by the Founder and the Rembrandt and the Nude print exhibition with Hettie Ward and Elenor Ling, Assistant Keepers, Paintings, Drawings and Prints. The tour is for individuals and groups, before the Museum opens at 10.00.

02/10/2019

09:15 to 10:00

£13.50 (£11.50 concessions)

People with drinks

LATE: Gallery Party

Join us to celebrate the opening of our newly refurbished Gallery 3 and launch of our new season of programming on the theme of Sensual/Virtual. Speak with artist Nicolas Poussin and poet John Keats – virtually as good as the originals! They can be found next to their in-gallery displays. Explore the upper galleries to the sound of music, and see our recently opened exhibitions Rembrandt and the Nude and Seeing Sound. Treat yourself to a drink from our cash bar, and expect lots of surprises on the night!

07/10/2019

19:30 to 21:00

Free

Musician

Early morning curator’s tour of Seeing Sound

Join Dr Rebecca Virag, exhibition co-curator, on a private exhibition guided tour for individuals and groups, before the Museum opens at 10.00.

15/10/2019

09:15 to 10:00

£13.50 (£11.50 concessions)

Roman glass dish

Changing states: Transformation, mystification, misinterpretation

Deterioration processes change or obscure the nature and appearance of things. Come and meet our conservators in the Courtyard of the Museum for a close-up look at objects that are not quite as or what they seem to be. Find out how we investigate change and look for the original in the transformation.

19/10/2019

14:00 to 16:00

Free | Drop-in

Food

LATE: A Feast for your Senses

See our new Feast & Fast exhibition, join pop-up talks, learn more about Christmas food traditions and book for a special screening of Bright Star (PG) – a romantic drama about John Keats starring Ben Whishaw, programmed to complement our Keats display and accompanied by live music. Catch up on your Christmas shopping with cards, decorations and unique art inspired gifts and jewellery in the Courtyard Shop and relax with seasonal treats in the Courtyard Café to live jazz music.

28/11/2019

17:00 to 21:00

Book cover

Cambridge Literary Festival: Nicola Upson - Stanley and Elsie

Cambridge author Nicola Upson talks about her new book on the painter Stanley Spencer - written through the eyes of the women who knew him, in particular his housekeeper Elsie.

30/11/2019

14:30

£11 (£9 concessions)

Figurine

Feast & Fast exhibition tour for people who love to move!

Tours run between 9.30 – 11.00 & 14.00 – 15.30

Join curator Dr Victoria Avery and dance artist Filipa Pereira Stubbs for this tour with a difference – we will hear stories, share our responses, select soundtracks and then dance! Everyone is welcome, the dance practice is simple and designed for all to enjoy.

02/12/2019

09:30 to 15:30

£10

Pomegranates

Early morning curators’ tour of Feast & Fast

FULLY BOOKED

A private guided tour of the Feast & Fast exhibition with curators Dr Victoria Avery and Dr Melissa Calaresu for individuals and groups, before the Museum opens at 10.00.

03/12/2019

09:15 to 10:00

£13.50 (£11.50 concessions)

Conferences and Seminars

Leonardo horse

Leonardo da Vinci 1519–2019: Art, history, science

Marking the fifth centenary of Leonardo’s death, this interdisciplinary conference looks at a wide range of Leonardo’s artistic and scientific interests, framing the master’s genius within the historical context of his time.

04/11/2019

10:00 to 17:00

£45 (40 concessions) Includes coffee & tea on arrival, lunch and afternoon tea

Tour

Tours

Guided Tour

Join a one hour guided tour of the Museum on Saturdays, or book a tour in advance for any visit for a group.

05/04/2014 to 04/04/2021

14:30 to 15:30

Bridging Binaries: LGBTQ+ Tours

From same- sex behaviour among penguins to eroticism in the ancient world, explore the spectrum of identities that exist across time, place and culture in Cambridge collections.

Join our volunteer guides to discover their personal selection of fascinating stories of non-normative gender and sexual identities through a range of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-related objects.

26/10/2019

11:30

Teapot

Touch tour for blind and partially sighted adults: Made by hand, British studio pottery

Join Helen Ritchie, Applied Arts Research Assistant, for a touch tour and discussion on a range of beautiful handmade ceramics from 1920 to the present day.

29/10/2019

14:00 to 16:00

Free

Crafting with clay

Creative workshopfor blind and partially sighted adults: Portraits of human feeling

Create three-dimensional portraits with clay in this moulding workshop inspired by the Museum’s collection of Jacob Epstein busts, which vividly capture personality, form and expression.

09/11/2019

14:00 to 16:00

Free

Bridging Binaries: LGBTQ+ Tours

From same- sex behaviour among penguins to eroticism in the ancient world, explore the spectrum of identities that exist across time, place and culture in Cambridge collections.

Join our volunteer guides to discover their personal selection of fascinating stories of non-normative gender and sexual identities through a range of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-related objects.

09/11/2019

11:30

Fossil

Touch tour for blind and partially sighted adults: Fabulous fossils

Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences

Touch and explore a wide variety of fabulous fossils in the galleries with Education Officer, Nicola Skipper.

19/11/2019

10:30 to 12:00

Free

Bridging Binaries: LGBTQ+ Tours

From same- sex behaviour among penguins to eroticism in the ancient world, explore the spectrum of identities that exist across time, place and culture in Cambridge collections.

Join our volunteer guides to discover their personal selection of fascinating stories of non-normative gender and sexual identities through a range of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-related objects.

07/12/2019

11:30

The Nativity

Nine lessons and images: Art for Christmas tour

Join Robert Lloyd Parry for story-rich tours of the Fitzwilliam’s collection on a Christmas theme.

10/12/2019

14:00

£10 + booking fee

The Nativity

Nine lessons and images: Art for Christmas tour

Join Robert Lloyd Parry for story-rich tours of the Fitzwilliam’s collection on a Christmas theme.

11/12/2019

14:00

£10 + booking fee

The Nativity

Nine lessons and images: Art for Christmas tour

Join Robert Lloyd Parry for story-rich tours of the Fitzwilliam’s collection on a Christmas theme.

13/12/2019

14:00

£10 + booking fee

The Nativity

Nine lessons and images: Art for Christmas tour

Join Robert Lloyd Parry for story-rich tours of the Fitzwilliam’s collection on a Christmas theme.

14/12/2019

14:00

£10 + booking fee

The Nativity

Nine lessons and images: Art for Christmas tour

Join Robert Lloyd Parry for story-rich tours of the Fitzwilliam’s collection on a Christmas theme.

15/12/2019

14:00

£10 + booking fee

Family Activities

Pumpkin

Family First Saturday

Drop-in on the first Saturday of the month and join us for activities and art-making on the theme of harvest festival.

05/10/2019

14:00 to 16:00

Free | Drop-in

Stones

Art rocks

2.5 - 5 yrs

Multi-sensory story-telling for pre-schoolers exploring how rocks and stones in the Fitzwilliam have changed over time, by nature and by humans. Get creative with paints to transform a pebble yourself too! In collaboration with the Sedgwick Museum.

16/10/2019

10:00 to 11:30

Free

Boats

Ancient boats

10.30 – 12.00 • 5 – 7 yrs
13.30 – 15.00 • 8 – 12 yrs

Join our curator Anastasia Christophilopoulou to learn about ancient migration around the Mediterranean. Make your own boat using clay and fabric in the Studio.

22/10/2019

10:30 to 15:00

£8 per child

Child in armour

The Library Presents: Knights & Armour with The Fitzwilliam Museum

Littleport Library

Handle, explore and find out about amazing artworks and objects from the collections of the University of Cambridge Museums and use them as inspiration for art activities.

22/10/2019

14:00

£5 standard (£2.50 concessions)

Eye

Family First Saturday

Drop-in on the first Saturday of the month and join us for activities and art-making on the theme of magic and mystery.

02/11/2019

14:00 to 16:00

Free | Drop-in

It’s magic

2 - 5 yrs

Exploring art together can be magical. Hear stories about objects in our collection, and make art of your own to take home.

12/11/2019

10:00 to 11:30

£4 per child

Baby magic

0 - 2 yrs

This gently structured session allows babies to discover aspects of our collection through sensory exploration of colour, shapes, texture, sounds and movement. Look at the galleries together and get creative in the Studio.

13/11/2019

10:00 to 11:00

£4 per child

Snow flake

Family First Saturday

Drop-in on the first Saturday of the month and join us for activities and art-making on the theme of festive fun.

07/12/2019

14:00 to 16:00

Free | Drop-in

for Young People

Degas dancer

ReSource: The big balance theory

13 - 18 yrs

Join sculptor Susie Olczak to see how tension or harmony, balance and imbalance is created through sculpture in the collection, then play with materials in the Studio to push balance to the extreme.

28/09/2019

11:00 to 13:00

£5

Umbrellas

Make! Balancing Act

11 - 13 yrs

Work as an art team to create a large-scale installation with sculptor Susie Olczak. Play with balance and asymmetry and adapt everyday materials to quickly change the space around you.

28/09/2019

14:00 to 16:00

£5

Badges

ReSource: Designing protest

13 - 18 yrs

Save the planet! Equal rights! Got to protest to get noticed? Join artist Iona McCuaig to make your own clever and quirky protest placards as original pieces of jewellery badges and pins.

19/10/2019

11:00 to 13:00

£5

Badges

MAKE! Pin'tresting

11 - 13 yrs

Create badges, patches and pins to make a statement about who you are with guest artist Iona McCuaig after visiting our Design Evolution display for inspiration.

19/10/2019

14:00 to 16:00

£5

Students looking at work of art

Zensation

Creative wellbeing programme for university students

Relax and enjoy some creative making, tinkering and doodling designed to lower stress and maximize your zentential over a cup of tea or coffee.

23/10/2019

14:00 to 15:30

Free

Fan

ReSource: Fan club

13 - 18 yrs

Love fashion and accessories? Fans really are a fashion must-have miniature design statement. Check out these beauties in our Fans Unfolded exhibition with artist and textile designer Lucy Mazur. Find out how they were made, then make your own contemporary fan designs.

23/11/2019

11:00 to 13:00

£5

Fan

Make! FANtasia

11 - 13 yrs

Are you a fan of fans? Find out how they were made and make your own contemporary designs after a visit to our Fans Unfolded exhibition, with artist and textile designer Lucy Mazur.

23/11/2019

14:00 to 16:00

£5

Students looking at work of art

Zensation

Creative wellbeing programme for university students

Relax and enjoy some creative making, tinkering and doodling designed to lower stress and maximize your zentential over a cup of tea or coffee.

30/11/2019

14:00 to 15:30

Free

Ceramic food

ReSource: A feast for your eyes

13 - 18 yrs

Design a feast that looks as good as it tastes with artist Caroline Wendling. Let your imagination run riot and create your own fanciful food displays that we can eat with our eyes, gaining design inspiration from the Baroque table displays in our Feast & Fast exhibition.

14/12/2019

11:00 to 13:00

£5

Eggs

ReSource: Food glorious food

11 - 13 yrs

Join our food colour lab and make your own art with natural dyes from the food we eat - turmeric, chocolate, coffee, tea, berries, eggs, beetroot, spinach and red cabbage. Create a feast from these tasty colours with guest artist Caroline Wendling, and celebrate food with a visit to our Feast & Fast exhibition.

14/12/2019

14:00 to 16:00

£5

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