March 2008

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The North Lawn Café opens at The Fitzwilliam Museum this month 

Cup The Fitzwilliam Museum is delighted to announce the opening of The North Lawn Café this Easter. This new outlet, located on the Museum's North Lawn, will serve a range of hot and cold drinks, as well as a selection of food freshly prepared on the premises. Customers can buy their food and drink 'to go', or enjoy the spring sun on the new patio seating area near the Museum's Main Entrance.

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'True and Lively Portraicture': Seventeenth century portrait prints on display

A fine selection of seventeenth century portrait prints from The Fitzwilliam Museum's permanent collection is now on display in the Charrington Print Room. This selection of portraits is amongst the finest in the Museum's collection, with likenesses of monarchs from Queen Elizabeth I to the kings of the Stuart dynasty. Other figures represented include navigators and explorers, William Shakespeare and Samuel Pepys.

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French Tapestry and Illustration

Until Sunday 11 May 2008
Octagon Gallery (10)
Admission FREE

An exhibition that links a highly significant bequest of French 20th-century Aubusson tapestries with a gift from the Walter Strachan Archive on livres d'artiste.

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Made for Export: Chinese Nineteenth-Century Flower Drawings

Until Sunday 11 May 2008
Shiba Gallery (14)
Admission FREE

A fascinating group of delicate Chinese flower watercolours - exhibited in partnership with China Now, the UK's largest ever festival of Chinese culture.

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Victorian Narrative Paintings in Gallery 2

On the BrinkGallery 2 is currently displaying an exceptional loan of Victorian narrative paintings from a private collection, complemented by works from the Museum's own collections.

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OPEN TO ALL (space may be limited)


Art in Context

Ramesses III from Top to Bottom
Wednesday 5 March | 13.15-13.45
Helen Strudwick, Senior Assistant Keeper, Antiquities

Two portraits by Bartel Beham: Onophrius Scheit and his wife Anna
Wednesday 12 March | 13.15-13.45
David Scrase, Keeper of Paintings, Drawings and Prints


CambridgeScienceFestivallogoA Beautiful Line: Science Festival Talk

Sunday 16 March | 12.30-13.30
Seminar Room

Allan McRobie, Reader in Engineering, Cambridge University Engineering Department, re-examines Hogarth's 'Analysis of Beauty' in the light of modern mathematics using paintings in the permanent collection and sculpture in the Founder's Entrance.




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'Mr Science and Mr Democracy': the pursuit of modernity in China

An 'Arts Alive' debate
Friday 14 March | 13.00-14.00
Seminar Room

For many Chinese thinkers at the beginning of the 20th century, 'Mr Science' and 'Mr Democracy' represented the 'Western' way forward for China - one that demanded a radical break with the country's traditional past.  Alan Hudson, Director of the Leadership Programmes for China and Fellow of Kellogg College, University of Oxford, discusses China's intriguing relationship with the modern, as exemplified by the rapid and ambitious development of its urban centres.

FREE - no booking required.


20th Century Gallery

Art Speak

Tuesday 25 March | 13.15 - 13.45

Simply turn up and enjoy a relaxed half-hour of looking at and talking about art, led by members of the Fitzwilliam Museum's education team.

FREE - no booking required
Meet in the Courtyard Entrance





French Tapestry and Illustration: Into Print

Saturday 8 March| 11.00 - 13.00

For children aged 8 +: Try out deceptively simple block printing and produce some stunning images using the work in our French Tapestry and Illustration exhibition to inspire you.

£4 per child, booking essential: telephone 01223 332904 or email


Playing With Perspective

Saturday 15 March | 11.30-13.30

A workshop with artist Lara Jones and mathematician Dr Aled Jones exploring the use of perspective in painting. Make your own 3D drawing using the rules you'll learn then break them all taking inspiration from the modern galleries.

FREE but booking essential: telephone 01223 332904 or email



It's Magic!

Tuesday 25 March | 10.00-11.30

A chance for pre-school children and their carers to look at some magical art, then have a go at making some of their own in our Education Studio.

FREE but booking essential: telephone 01223 332904 or email



French Tapestry and Illustration: Family Bookmaking Workshop

Sunday 30 March | 14.00-16.30

Bring a member of your family and learn how to make your own book using our exhibition French Tapestry and Illustration to give you some ideas.

£10 double ticket (1 adult + 1 child): BOOK through ADC Theatre. Tel 01223 300085 or online at


In association with Cambridge Wordfest



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Word and Image

Friday 28 March | 13.00-16.00

Writing workshop with Lavinia Greenlaw, based on the permanent collection and the exhibition French Tapestry and Illustration.

£22 (£18 concessions) - BOOK through ADC Theatre. Tel 01223 300085 or online at

In association with Cambridge Wordfest




Harpsichord recital

Sunday Promenade Concerts

These popular recitals in Gallery 3 are FREE - come and listen, or simply enjoy the music as you explore the surrounding galleries.

Sunday 09 March 2008

13.15 - 14.00
Lynn Carter and Michael Wigram - Piano and Cello
Music by Brahms and Beethoven



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CourtyardThe Fitzwilliam Museum's Courtyard Café and Shop offers visitors the perfect place to relax after a tour of the Museum's collections. The Courtyard Café has a wide variety of hot and cold food, and provides the ideal venue for coffee and cakes, a leisurely lunch, a glass of wine or afternoon tea. The adjacent Courtyard Shop contains a varied selection of cards, calendars, books and gifts for all ages, including a range of distinctive jewellery.





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