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The Human Touch Poster

The Human Touch: Making Art, Leaving Traces

Drawing on works of art spanning four thousand years and from across the globe, this exhibition explores the fundamental role of touch in human experience, and offers new ways of looking. 

18/05/2021 to 01/08/2021

Scent from Nature Poster

Scent from Nature: Beauty's botanical origins

The exhibition features watercolours from the our exceptional botanical collection and ancient perfume vessels, as well as nineteenth and twentieth centuries scent bottles.

18/05/2021 to 29/08/2021


'Don't Wash Your Hands: Neither Light Agrees To Enter The Eyes Nor Air The Lungs' by Issam Kourbaj (2020)

Don't Wash Your Hands: Neither Light Agrees To Enter The Eyes Nor Air The Lungs

Display of 366 eye idols made of Aleppo soap by Syrian-born artist, Issam Kourbaj.

02/12/2020 to 05/09/2021

Historiated initial Q: Doeg killing the priests of Nob (Psalm 51), Knight fighting a snail, Macclesfield Psalter, MS 1-2005, fol. 76r” © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

The Macclesfield Psalter

The Macclesfield Psalter is a small but remarkable book, filled with rich and beautiful illustrations displayed in Gallery 6.

16/12/2020 to 31/08/2021

Beethoven Manuscripts Display

Beethoven 250

A new display in Gallery 3 of two autograph letters from Beethoven and two music leaves.

16/12/2020 to 31/08/2021

New display Women makers and muses

Women: makers and muses

This display is the first in an on-going series highlighting work by women throughout the history of art and from across the globe. 

18/05/2021 to 01/03/2022

Front, reverse and interior of hinged enamelled gold pendant, Pegasus Drinking from the Fountain of Hippocrene, with miniature of Edith Emma Cooper (1862–1913). Miniature painted and pendant designed by Charles de Sousy Ricketts, pendant made by Carlo & A

The Collection of Charles de Sousy Ricketts (1866 –1931) and Charles Haslewood Shannon (1863 –1937)

These three cases showcase a group of objects connected to artists Charles Ricketts and Charles Shannon.

07/06/2021 to 31/12/2021