eNews: July 2008  

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'Face to Face with the Past': National Archaeology Week 2008

Celebrate National Archaeology Week 2008 (12-20 July) this year at The Fitzwilliam Museum on Saturday 12 July, and learn more about the past through personal experience.

'The Archaeology of a Chocolate Biscuit'

Saturday 12 July | Book for times

Have you ever wondered how archaeologists work out where they should excavate? Looking at the evidence on the surface of the ground can tell us a great deal about what lies underneath, but sometimes there may be surprises.
Come to the Fitz and learn more about this subject... through the medium of a chocolate chip cookie. Suitable for all the family.

FREE, booking essential as numbers are limited. Telephone 01223 332904 or email for more details.



National Archaeology Week 2008

Meet the Experts

Saturday 12 July | 11.00 - 16.00

Archaeologists from the University of Cambridge will be giving talks during the day, providing a first-hand insight into the practicalities of excavation and recent discoveries. There will also be the chance to examine artefacts from the Museum's collection with the help of a curator.

FREE, no booking required (please note times are subject to change - check www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/whatson/events/


Discover the Anglo-Saxon world at The Fitzwilliam Museum

This month, enjoy a range of fascinating lunchtime talks or drop into one of the Museum's handling sessions in association with the current exhibition Anglo-Saxon Art in the Round.

Free lunchtime talks

The Art of Anglo-Saxon Coinage
Thursday 17 July | 13.15-13.45
Dr Anna Gannon, Affiliated Lecturer in History of Art

Life in the Anglo-Saxon Period
Thursday 24 July | 13.15-13.45
Dr Tim Pestell, Curator of Archaeology, Norwich Castle Museum

Anglo-Saxon Dress and Jewellery
Thursday 31 July | 13.15-13.45
Dr Sonja Marzinzik, Curator of the Insular Early Medieval Collections, The British Museum 


These talks are FREE, with no booking required, and will take place in the Museum's Seminar Room.


'Art in the Round' handling session

11 July | 14.00 - 16.00

Join curators and education staff in the Anglo-Saxon Art in the Round exhibition for these hands-on sessions.

These sessions are accessible for visitors who are blind or partially-sighted.

FREE, no booking required


Also available: 'Picturing the Past' children's workshop

Saturday 5 July |  14.00 - 16.00

Travel through time to find out more about life and customs of the Anglo-Saxon world through the coins and objects that have survived. Work with an artist to design and make your own 'art in the round'.

£4 per child, booking essential


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'On the Shoulders of Giants': Portraits from the University of Cambridge

'On the Shoulders of Giants'

Ends 28 September 2008
Mellon Gallery (Gallery 13)
Admission FREE

Photographer Howard Guest will be talking about his work at the Museum on 3 July (13.15 - 13.45).

Find out more: http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/article.html?1178


 A new podcast accompanies this exhibition.
In this episode, available to watch online or download, hear Howard Guest and curator Duncan Robinson discuss 'On the Shoulders of Giants', and listen to several of the sitters for these portraits talk about their personal experiences of being involved.
Listen to the podcast:



Christopher Le Brun: Fifty Etchings 2005

Christopher Le Brun: Fifty Etchings

Ends 28 September 2008
Shiba Gallery (Gallery 14)
Admission FREE

Find out more: http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/article.html?1176


Anglo-Saxon Art in the Round

Anglo-Saxon Art in the Round

Ends 7 September 2008
Octagon Gallery (Gallery 10)
Admission FREE


Find out more: http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/article.html?1167


Listen to the Anglo-Saxon Art in the Round podcast:





'The Field Calls Me to Labour': Watercolours of Nineteenth-Century Rural Life by Robert Hills and his Contemporaries

'The Field Calls Me to Labour'

Ends 7 September 2008
Charrington Print Room (Gallery 16)
Admission FREE

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Head Space

Saturday 19 July | 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.

FREE, no booking required

With support from the Eridge Trust

Head Space


Book now for August: 'A Taste of Art'

Tuesday 19 August | 10.00-15.30

For young people aged 15-19: Spend a day sampling the history of art through the Fitzwilliam's collection. Education staff will introduce art from ancient civilisations to the present day in the galleries, and a glance behind the scenes.

With support from the Eridge Trust

FREE, but book


For full details of all drop-in sessions, visit:





To book, telephone 01223 332904 or email 


It's Magic!

It's Magic

Tuesday 22 July | 10.00 - 11.30

For pre-school children and their carers: come and hunt for dragons and other magical beasts around the museum, and then make your own creature to take home with you.

FREE, but booking essential


Magic, Myths and Mummies

Friday 25 July | 11.30-12.30

For children aged 8+: explore stories and beliefs of the Ancient Egyptian world through objects in the collection.

FREE, but booking essential

Mummies, Myths and Magic


Show Me the Money

Show Me the Money

Wednesday 30 July | 11.00-13.00

For children aged 8+: Meet the experts from our Coins and Medals department for a close-up look at money of all ages from around the world, and work in the studio to create your own currency.

£4 per child, booking essential


Summer Sculpture

Thursday 31 July | 11.00-13.00
Thursday 21 August | 11.00-13.00

For children aged 8+: Try out different sculpture techniques inspired by our collection. Each session will use different materials - book for both or just for one.

£4 per child, booking essential

Show Me the Money


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Painting from Nature

Painting from Nature

Sunday 20 July | 13.00-15.00

A watercolour workshop for beginners to complement the exhibition 'The Field Calls Me to Labour'. Part of this workshop will take place outside, weather permitting.

£12 (£10 concessions), booking essential: telephone 01223 332904 or email 


Drop-in: Art Speak

Tuesday 22 July | 13.15 - 13.45
Meet in the Courtyard Entrance

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



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