April 2008

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Coming soon: Museums and Galleries Month 2008 at The Fitzwilliam Museum


From 1 - 31 May, The Fitzwilliam Museum will be celebrating Museums and Galleries Month 2008 with a special programme of events and activities for all ages.
This year, museums in the East of England are celebrating the approach of the Beijing Olympics with a festival of exciting events, many on a Chinese theme.

There's something for everyone this May at The Fitzwilliam Museum as 'East meets East', including:


China East

  • A special display of exceptional jade 
  • Theatre
  • Workshops for all ages - try your hand at the art of Chinese calligraphy
  • Music
  • Talks by experts
  • Family storytelling
  • Gallery trail

...and more! Keep checking our website www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk for further details, or pick up a special MGM 08 leaflet from mid April.

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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.

Find out more:www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/whatson/exhibitions/article.html


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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'True and Lively Portraicture': Special display of seventeenth century portrait prints

 Charrington Print Room (Gallery 16)

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.


Find out more: www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/news/latest/article.html


Victorian Narrative Paintings in Gallery 2

On the Brink

An exceptional loan of Victorian narrative paintings from a private collection is currently on display in Gallery 2, complemented by works from the Museum's own collections.

Find out more:www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/news/latest/article.html


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OPEN TO ALL (space may be limited)

Art in Context

An overlooked Fitzwilliam treasure: An Italian fourteenth-century gilded glass plaque
Wednesday 30 April | 13.15-13.45
Irene Cooper, Research Assistant, Applied Arts


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'Cleopatra: Black and Beautiful?'

An 'Arts Alive' debate
Saturday 19 April | 13.00-14.00
Seminar Room

The figure of Cleopatra still holds an enduring fascination: was she a Black woman? Is she an African icon? Was she as beautiful as some have claimed? Does her appearance really matter?

In her new book Cleopatra and Egypt Dr Sally-Ann Ashton (Senior Assistant Keeper, Department of Antiquities, The Fitzwilliam Museum) questions the conventional interpretation of this well-known queen of Egypt by considering Cleopatra in an Egyptian, rather than Roman context. There will be opportunity for audience participation.

FREE - no booking required.



A Shared View

Saturday 19 April | 10.00-16.30

Start your Saturday focusing on two or three items in the collection with Julia Tozer, Head of Education. This is an informal tour with plenty of change for discussion.


Head Space

Saturday 19 April | 14.00-16.30
Meet in the Courtyard Entrance

For young people aged 14-21: Just turn up and spend some time talking about art with people like you. Try out practical ideas in our Studio after visiting the galleries. Materials and refreshments provided.

With support from the Eridge Trust

Head Space

 20th Century Gallery

Art Speak

Tuesday 29 April | 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





It's Magic!

Tuesday 29 April | 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

 its magic


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Sunday Promenade Concert

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

Sunday 27 April 2008

13.15 - 14.00
Alice Murray - Soprano
Ireland, Head, Britten

 Harpsichord recital

For more information on music at the Fitzwilliam Museum, visit www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/whatson/music/




The 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.

The new North Lawn Café, situated next to the Museum's magnificent entrance on Trumpington Street, also offers freshly-made food to be enjoyed al fresco.






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We look forward to welcoming you to The Fitzwilliam Museum soon and hope that you will find your visit inspiring and enjoyable!