eNews: October 2008  

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Only UK showing of spectacular 2000-year old treasures from Ancient Georgia opens at The Fitzwilliam Museum

From the Land of the Golden Fleece:
Tomb Treasures of Ancient Georgia

Opens Thursday 2 October 2008

A spectacular exhibition of 2000-year old tomb and temple treasures in gold, silver and bronze from Ancient Colchis - now part of the Republic of Georgia, and most famous as the land to which Jason led the Argonauts in search of the Golden Fleece of Greek mythology.

Displays feature a wealth of magnificent gold and silver jewellery, sculpture, pottery and other funerary items dating from the 5th to the 1st centuries BC, excavated from tombs and sanctuaries at Vani, a rich city in the ancient Colchian kingdom. On a major US and European tour, over 140 treasures never before seen outside Georgia reflect the local rituals, lavish burial practices and exquisite craftsmanship of one of the least-known but most intriguing civilisations on the borders of the classical world.

 From the Land of the Golden Fleece

Find out more: http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/whatson/exhibitions/article.html?1414


Discover more about From the Land of the Golden Fleece


Talks relating to the exhibition

'Georgia on Our Minds': Bringing the 'Golden Fleece' to the Fitzwilliam
Helen Strudwick and Anders Bell, Department of Antiquities
Thursday 9 October | 13:15-13:45


Greek Gold: Jewellery from the Mediterranean to the Black Sea
Dr Dyfri Williams, The British Museum
Thursday 23 October | 13:15-13:45


Ancient Coins from the Black Sea
Adrian Popescu, Senior Assistant Keeper, Coins and Medals
Thursday 31 October | 13:15-13:45


Coming soon: Director's podcast

Listen to the latest podcast from The Fitzwilliam Museum, in which Director Dr Timothy Potts provides a personal introduction to From the Land of the Golden Fleece, and examines a number of the exhibition's highlights in detail.

Coming soon at mediaplayer.group.cam.ac.uk/fitzmuseum/


Other exhibitions opening this month at The Fitzwilliam Museum


Bordering the Black Sea 

Bordering the Black Sea:
Greeks, Barbarians and their Coins

Opens Thursday 2 October

A special display of ancient coins from the Black Sea drawn largely from the Fitzwilliam's own world class collections, complementing the exhibition From the Land of the Golden Fleece: Tomb Treasures of Ancient Georgia. The first UK exhibition on this theme, it will showcase extraordinary gold and silver coins from the Greek colonies on the shores of the Black Sea, including unusual forms of currency in the shape of dolphins and arrowheads.


Dreams and Lies:
Picasso Prints from the Collection of The Fitzwilliam Museum

Opens Tuesday 7 October

Picasso's portfolio Dreams and Lies of Franco is an extraordinary document of the artist's political and personal reaction to the Spanish Civil War. Published by Picasso in 1937 and sold in aid of the Spanish Republican cause at the Paris World Fair - where his Guernica was first exhibited, each print lampoons Franco and expresses anger at the violence and repression of his regime. (Image: Pablo Picasso, Dreams and Lies of Franco, 1937. © Succession Picasso/DACS)

Dreams and Lies


The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book 

The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book and Lady Nevell's Book

Opens Tuesday 7 October

The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book - the most important anthology of 16th and early 17th century English keyboard music in existence - is here displayed side-by-side for the first time with 'My Ladye Nevells Booke', William Byrd's collection of virginal music, on loan from the British Library.





To book an event, telephone 01223 332904 or email 


Black History Month Seminar

Black History Month

Seminar: The History of 'Black History Month'

Saturday 4 October | 11.00-13.00
A seminar and discussion about Black History Month, which takes place every October in the UK. Led by Temi-Tope Odumosu, Department of History of Art

FREE but booking essential: telephone 01223 332904 or email 



Writing Lives with contemporary authors

Penelope Lively at the Fitzwilliam Museum

Thursday 23 October | 18.00-21.00

Penelope Lively considers the unexpected aspects of a writing life after 40 years in books, including a look at her latest book, Consequences.

£8/£6, from ADC Theatre box office: tel 01223 300085 or www.adcticketing.com

Writing Lives 

Music in the Fitzwilliam: Sunday Proms

Promenade Concerts

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

The Neptune Ensemble
Sunday 12 October | 13.15

Samuel Queen - Bass
Sunday 19 October | 13.15

The Mulberry Piano Trio
Sunday 26 October | 13.15


Children and families: Get involved with The Big Draw!

Drawing Together

Saturday 11 October | 11.30-16.30

Get top tips and ideas and work on a large-scale collaborative drawing, with illustration students and staff from Anglia Ruskin University.

FREE, no booking required


Taking a Line for a Walk

Wednesday 29 October | 11.00-13.00 & 14.00-16.00

Drawing activities in the Museum, with materials available.

The Big Draw 


'Festival of Ideas': special eNews coming soon

Festival of Ideas

Festival of Ideas at The Fitzwilliam Museum

22 October - 2 November

Look out for a special mid-month edition of eNews with full details of talks, events and exhibitions at The Fitzwilliam Museum in association with the Cambridge University Festival of Ideas, which celebrates art, history, literature, languages, drama and more.
Events at the Fitz include workshops for all ages, talks by experts from the Museum and the University's History of Art Department, and the chance for children to explore the Egyptian galleries after-hours. Details of all events are also available from www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/whatson/


Lunchtime talks

Free 'Art in Context' talks

Two Heads by Rubens: who added them, why and when?
Wednesday 1 October | 13.15-13.45

The 'act and power of a face': Two late portraits by Van Dyck
Wednesday 8 October | 13.15-13.45

The Human Comedy: Stories from English satirical prints
Wednesday 15 October | 13.15-13.45

Art in Context





Free drop-in sessions

Art Speak

Art Speak

Tuesday 7 October | 13.15

An informal half hour of looking at and talking about art - meet in the Courtyard Entrance.

FREE, no booking required.


Cambridgeshire Celebrates Age

Cambridgeshire Celebrates Age

Friday 10 October | 10.00-16.45

A country-wide event to promote well-being and quality of life for older people. Events will include informal talks in the galleries, handling sessions and drop-in practical art workshops.

FREE, no booking required


Children and families

It's Magic!

It's Magic!

Tuesday 21 October | 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.

£3 per child, booking essential


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