eNews: September 2009

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

Until 4 October 2009 | Late-night opening Wednesday 16 September

"The most important and interesting of this year's anniversary exhibitions" - Independent

"Brilliantly conceived and thought-provoking" - Sunday Times


Endless Forms is on display at The Fitzwilliam Museum for only 5 more weeks - join the 50,000 visitors who have already seen this critically acclaimed exhibition.

This month offers another opportunity to see the "best show of the year" (Daily Telegraph) after-hours as part of a special late-night opening on 16 September from 18.00 to 21.00.

Make a night of it and enjoy an evening viewing of Endless Forms - the Museum's Shop and Courtyard Café will also be open to visitors.


Don't forget to submit your Darwin-inspired photographs to the Endless Forms Flickr pool, which now has over 1,000 images. Enter your photos and see your work displayed in the Museum as part of a unique screen installation: find out more atwww.darwinendlessforms.org/flickr/.

For more ideas on how to get involved online, and to sign up for Endless Forms e-alerts visit www.darwinendlessforms.org





Lumière: Lithographs by Odilon Redon

Opens 22 September
An evocative selection of lithographs by the French Symbolist artist Odilon Redon, exploring his expressive and symbolic use of light.

Redon's combination of luminous black lithographic ink and glowing paper proved the perfect medium for his mysterious and powerful images. Bringing together thirty-eight of his most significant and experimental lithographs drawn form the Museum's own collection, Lumière is organised in association with the Cambridge Festival of Light.

Also on display from 22 September:

Special display: Matthew Boulton and the Industrial Revolution

A small collection of eighteenth-century coins and medals paying tribute to Birmingham manufacturer Boulton, who revolutionised the production of metalwork during the Industrial Revolution.



Darwin Literary Evening

Wednesday 23 September | 18.00-20.30
An invitation to readers, book groups and members of 'Evolve!', the Fitzwilliam's online Darwin book group. Hear Gillian Beer and Rebecca Stott discuss Darwin's influence on novelists from the nineteenth century to the present day, and enjoy an after-hours curator's talk on the Endless Forms exhibition.

For more about 'Evolve!', visit http://www.darwinendlessforms.org/get-involved-online/book-club/

Special film screening: Creation

Tuesday 29 September | time TBC
A special screening at Cambridge Arts Picturehouse of Creation (UK, 2009), the story of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species, starring Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connolly. The film will be preceded by a short film made by students at Cambridge Arts and Sciences, inspired by ideas in Endless Forms.

Details and timings TBC: for enquiries telephone 01223 579127. Book through Cambridge Arts Picturehouse on 0871 7042050




Discover more about the Museum as part of Open Cambridge: a weekend of tours, talks and open access around the University.

Open Forum - 'Public Art: Who Cares?'

Friday 11 September | 13.15-14.00
A stimulating gallery-set discussion with panellists including artist Maggi Hambling, art critic Richard Cork and Fitzwilliam Director Timothy Potts.

FREE, no booking required but places allocated on a first-come first-served basis

The Architecture and Growth of The Fitzwilliam Museum

Saturday 12 September | 12.30-13.30
A tour covering nearly 200 years of the Museum's history, from the founding bequest to the 2004 Courtyard Redevelopment.

FREE, booking essential through www.cam.ac.uk/opencambridge

Opening the Lid on The Fitzwilliam Museum

Saturday 12 September | 15.30-16.10
A brief introduction to the Museum and to what goes on behind the scenes to keep the building open, care for the collections and make possible a diverse public programme of exhibitions and events. With the Fitzwilliam's Assistant Director Kate Carreno. (At The Babbage Lecture Theatre, New Museums Site, Downing Street, Cambridge.)

FREE, no booking required



To book an event, telephone 01223 332904 or email

Darwin, Geology and Landscape Art

Thursday 10 September | 13.15-14.00
Rebecca Bedell, Assistant Professor of Art History at Wellesley College, Mass.

Monkey Business: Apeing our Ancestors?

Thursday 17 September | 13.15-14.00
Nicola Gauld, Endless Forms Research Associate

Monet and the Monkeys: Darwin and the Impressionists

Wednesday 23 September | 13.15-14.00
Richard Kendall, Curator, Clark Institue, Williamstown, Mass.

Parables from Nature: Victorian Experiments in Art and Science

Thursday 24 September | 13.15-14.00
Professor Jim Secord, Dept. of History & Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge & Director, Darwin Correspondence Project

Pigeons and Plumes: The Birds of Endless Forms

Thursday 1 October | 13.15-14.00
Joanne Cooper, Curator, Bird Group, Natural History Museum at Tring

Sunday Lunch with Mrs Darwin

Sunday 4 October | 13.15-14.15
Weslie Janeway and Dusha Bateson, co-authors, Mrs Charles Darwin's Recipe Book. (Booking required).




To book an event, telephone 01223 332904 or email

Family First Saturdays

Saturday 5 September | 14.00-16.00
New for the first Saturday of every month: visit our Fitz Family Welcome Point where families can collect free drawing materials, activities and trails.

It's Magic!

Tuesday 8 September | 10.00-11.30
For children 18 months - 5 yrs: explore work in the collection and make art of your own to take home.

£3 per child, booking essential

The Beetle Box

Sunday 19 September | 11.00-13.30
For children aged 8+: get inspiration for making your own Beetle Box from Endless Forms and a behind-the-scenes look at the Museum of Zoology.

£5 per child, booking essential

We're Going on a Bug Hunt... We're Not Scared

Saturday 26 September | 11.00-13.00
For accompanied children aged 5-8: keep your eyes peeled for animals, birds and insects in Endless Forms, and make your own bugs to take home.

£5 per child, booking essential



To book an event, telephone 01223 332904 or email

Drawing on Darwin

15, 22 & 26 September | 10.00-14.00
Enjoy a tour of Endless Forms, then work with an artist amongst the Darwin-related collections at the University Botanic Garden (15 September), the Museum of Zoology (22 September) and the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences (26 September).

£25 (£20 concessions) per session, booking essential

Rebuilding Greece and Rome

Thursday 17 September | 10.30-16.30
Join the gallery project team to find out what's happening behind the scenes in the major redisplay of the Fitzwilliam's world-class Greek and Roman collections.

£15 (£10 concessions), booking essential

Making Sense of Sculpture

Friday 25 September | 11.00-13.00
A multi-sensory exploration of the Sculpture Promenade and sculpture in the Museum's own collection. This session is accessible for people who are blind or partially sighted.

FREE, booking essential

Art and the African Diaspora

Saturday 3 October | 11.00-13.00
A Black History Month event led by Temi-Tope Odumosu and Robert "Beyonder" Asare, focusing on themes of humour, family and migration as explored through the work of contemporary artists of African descent.

FREE, booking essential





Enjoy musical recitals in the beautiful surroundings of the Museum's galleries.

Alumni Weekend Promenade Concert: Cambridge Music Celebrated

Sunday 27 September | 13.15
Vocal music through the centuries with a new composition by Graham Ross commissioned for the University's 800th Anniversary and performed by members of the Choir of Clare College.

Please note: continuing access restriction due to refurbishment

To enable the refurbishment of the Greek and Roman gallery to progress, there will be no ground-level access to the Ancient Near East, Rome and Ancient Sudan and the Egyptian Galleries (Rooms 19, 20, 23 and 24). Visitors with wheelchairs and pushchairs who are unable to use the stairs may be escorted though the closed corridor - please ask an attendant. 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: James Tissot, The Artists' Wives, 1885, The Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk / William Henry Simmons after Edwin Landseer, The Sick Monkey, 1865, the British Museum


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