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Collection Highlights

In the course of its two hundred year history, the Fitzwilliam Museum has accumulated by bequest, gift and purchase a remarkable collection of archives detailing the lives and letters of pre-eminent figures in cultural and scientific history from the seventeenth to the twentieth century, including Sir Isaac Newton and Sir Joseph Banks, John Linnell and Samuel Palmer, Sir Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris. Early experiments in scientific photography by Celia Glaisher, and a wealth of letters, diaries and accounts by nineteenth century writers and artists are only some of the archival treasures we hold. Cataloguing of this rich resource is ongoing. Please consult the Museum’s Collections Explorer, and the cross-Cambridge archival search tool Janus 


  • Conserv'd

    Supported by grants from the Charlotte Bonham-Carter Charitable Trust and the Marlay Group, the CONSERV’D project plans to transform documentation procedures and practices within the Conservation Department at the Fitzwilliam Museum. This will significantly improve the efficiency and sustainability of our work and, ultimately, the accessibility of the collections for scholars, students and the public.

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