eNews: July 2009

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'Endless Forms' exhibition, with John Collier, Portrait of Charles Darwin (National Portrait Gallery)



Endless Forms: Charles Darwin, Natural Science and the Visual Arts

Until 4 October 2009

"Curatorial genius...smart, witty and entertaining... the best show of the year.
I beg you to go" * * * * * - Richard Dorment, Daily Telegraph

"Well matches the brio and sheer variety of artists’ responses to Darwinian natural science" - Financial Times

"A major achievement" - The New York Times


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Special late-night opening of Endless Forms

Tuesday 7 July | 19.00-21.00

This month, the Fitzwilliam is opening from 7pm until 9pm for a special late-night opening of Endless Forms to celebrate the 2009 Cambridge Darwin Festival.

Make a night of it on 7 July and enjoy an evening viewing of the exhibition. The Courtyard Café will be launching its new seasonal menu, and the Shop will also be open.

The Courtyard of The Fitzwilliam Museum at night


Darwin, Crochet and Coral

Darwin, Crochet and Coral

Saturday 4 July | 11.00-13.00/14,00-16.00

Join the 'international crochet colony' with the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project, a unique crafts project that fuses science with mathematics and fine art. Participants all over the world 'update' the crochet reef, and the Fitzwilliam's reef - which will be growing during Endless Forms - will eventually become part of the giant UK reef.

Endless Forms photo challenge 

Endless Forms photo challenge

See your photographs on display in the Fitzwilliam. The Museum has teamed up with the photo-sharing website Flickr and invites you to submit your photographs exploring 'Darwinian ideas' from a contemporary perspective. These images will be showcased as part of a screen installation in the Museum during the exhibition.



Join 'Evolve!' - the first-ever online Darwin book group

Enjoy a varied 'reading list' of novels influenced by Darwin - from Thomas Hardy to Ian McEwan - specially selected by literary figures Gillian Beer and Rebecca Stott, then join the online discussion and share your thoughts via simple-to-use commenting.

'The Entangled Bank' - image: Martin Johnson Heade, Cattleya Orchid and Three Hummingbirds, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

'The Entangled Bank' - drawing challenge

Follow in Darwin's observational footsteps, and sketch your own 'entangled bank' - be it a window box, a corner of your garden, a nearby park or a small section of countryside you know well. Record your chosen natural spot over time, and email us your photographed or scanned images to feature in an online gallery.

Find out more at www.darwinendlessforms.org/get-involved-online/



Sculpture Promenade

The 2009 Fitzwilliam Museum Sculpture Promenade

Until January 2010

Make the most of the warm weather with a visit to this free open-air installation, which showcases a selection of recent work by members of the prestigious Royal British Society of Sculptors. Pick up a free guide, or enjoy a virtual exhibition and hear the podcast on the Fitzwilliam's website:





'Endless Forms' - skull collection (The Leverhulme Centre, Cambridge)


Potted Histories: What can Ancient Greek Vases Tell Us?

Wednesday 1 July | 13.15-13.45
Kate Cooper & Christina Rozeik, AHRC Research Associates

Talks accompanying Endless Forms

Photographs of Popular Darwinism

Thursday 2 July | 13.15-14.00
Elizabeth Edwards, catalogue contributor

Man Before Mankind: Darwin's Appeal to the Imagination

Thursday 9 July | 13.15-14.00
David Bindman, catalogue contributor



To book an event, telephone 01223 332904 or email

Fossils at the Fitz

Saturday 11 July | 11.00-13.00

For accompanied children aged 5-8: hunt for fossils in the Fitzwilliam and handle those on loan from the Segdwick Museum, then make a cast to take home with you.
£5 per child, booking essential

A Taste of Art

Tuesday 21 July | 10.00-15.30

Spend a day sampling the History of Art through the Fitzwilliam's collection with our Education staff, who'll introduce art from ancient civilisations to the present day - as well as a glance behind the scenes...
£5 per child, booking essential

Time Lines

Saturday 25 July | 11.00-13.30

Visitors in Gallery 7 of The Fitzwilliam Museum

For children aged 8+: this print-making workshop uses plants and rubbings from fossil versions of the same plant, and simple photographic prints without chemicals.

£5 per child, booking essential

Open up to Young People

Saturday 25 July | 14.00-16.00

A work experience day giving young people a chance to learn more about a career in museums. Take a behind-the-scenes tour, find out about the galleries' hidden histories, and  see presentations created by current work experience students.

FREE, no booking required



To book an event, telephone 01223 332904 or email

'Flower Maps' - image: John Stevens Henslow, teaching sheet with Arum maculatum (‘Lords and Ladies’), Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge

Art Speak

Tuesday 14 July | 13.15-13.45

Just turn up and enjoy half an hour of looking at and talking about art, led by members of the Museum's Education team. Meet in the Courtyard Entrance.

FREE, no booking required.

Flower Maps

Friday 24 July | 10.00-16.00

A botanical drawing workshop, including botanical diagrams by Darwin's teacher, John Stevens Henslow - plants from the University Botanic Garden will be on show. With Penny Price, calligrapher.

£20 (£18 concessions)



Enjoy musical recitals in the splendid surroundings of the Museum's galleries

Cambridge Summer Music Festival

Thursday 30 July | 13.15

The Rosamunde Trio play piano trios by Haydn, Beethoven and Schubert.

FREE, no booking required


A concert in Gallery 3 of The Fitzwilliam Museum


For full details of all events and exhibitions at the Museum, see



Captions and credits for images from the exhibition Endless Forms:John Collier, Portrait of Charles Darwin, National Portrait Gallery, London / Martin Johnson Heade, Catteleya Orchid and Three Hummingbirds, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC / John Stevens Henslow, Arum Maculatum, Dept. of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge


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