eNews: August 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

Join the 30,000 visitors who have already seen this acclaimed exhibition.

"Curatorial genius.. best show of the year" * * * * * - Richard Dorment, Daily Telegraph
"Rewarding beyond compare" * * * * * -  Judith Flanders, Sunday Telegraph
"Outstanding" - Frank Whitford, Sunday Times



Endless Forms: get involved online

Submit your photographs to the Endless Forms group on Flickr, which now has nearly 300 images, or take part in the 'Evolve' online book group - this month, the reading list recommends Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World and The Inheritors by William Golding. Keen artists can also participate in the 'Entangled Bank' drawing challenge.

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Enjoy the summer weather in the Museum's grounds this month, with a visit to the Sculpture Promenade and the North Lawn Café.

Take a trip around the Sculpture Promenade to see a selection of recent work by members of the prestigious Royal British Society of Sculptors, followed by a drink or a bite to eat in the open-air Café situated on the Museum's North Lawn. For a limited time only, visitors can buy a salad and a bottle of locally-supplied Breckland Orchard fruit juice to enjoy al-fresco for only £5.95.

More on the Sculpture Promenade: www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/gallery/sculpture2009/index.html




Lumière: Lithographs by Odilon Redon

Opens 22 September
An evocative selection of prints exploring the French Symbolist's expressive use of light

Matthew Boulton and the Industrial Revolution

A special display of coins and medals from 22 September

Recent Acquisitions of Drawings and Prints

Opens 20 October
A chance to see newly-acquired works by Picasso, Goya, Guercino, Modigliani and Degas

A Lifetime of Connoisseurship: Graham Pollard and the Study of the Medal

Opens 27 October
A diverse display of medals, in tribute to a key figure in the life and collections of the Fitzwilliam




To book an event, telephone 01223 332904 or email

Drawing Together with Darwin

Wednesday 12 August | 10.00-16.00

Get involved in drawing activities in the Museum linked to the ideas explored in the exhibition Endless Forms.

FREE, no booking required


Beauty and the Beetle

Available from the information desks

Pick up one of these free family activity boxes linked to the exhibition Endless Forms - the Museum's regular 'FitzKits' are also available.




To book an event, telephone 01223 332904 or email


Evolving Forms

Saturday 8 August | 11.00-13.00 / 14.00-16.00
Sunday 9 August   | 13.00-16.00

Drop into our Studio and join in with our observational drawing weekend for all ages - copy a drawing to add to an ever-evolving sequence.

FREE, no booking required.


Making Sense of Darwin

Wednesday 19 August | 11.00-13.00

Join us for this informal, multi-sensory exploration of an aspect of Endless Forms. This session is accessible for people who are blind or partially-sighted.

FREE, no booking required.


Please note: access restriction due to refurbishment

To enable the refurbishment of the Greek and Roman gallery to progress, there will be no disabled access to the Ancient Near East, Rome and Ancient Sudan and the Egyptian Galleries (Rooms 19, 20, 23 and 24) between Tuesday 28 July and Sunday 9 August inclusive. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.


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 / Hugo Rheinhold, Ape Contemplating a Skull, The Royal College of Surgeons / Pigeon skulls from the collection of Charles Darwin, Natural History Museum, London 


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