eNews: November 2009

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10 - 29 November 2009

This month, the Fitzwilliam's Courtyard hosts a unique installation that challenges visitors to think about the future of our planet and its people.

This specially-comissioned installation is part of the Cambridge '100 Questions' Project - an initiative by the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership that asks "what are the most questions we need to answer if we are to thrive together in the future?" This artwork presents a series of important questions penned by Nobel Laureates relating to the earth's sustainability, and is on tour around the country to inspire visitors to think about their own questions on this issue, which they can add to the installation itself. 

Find out more: www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/news/latest/article.html


'In Dulci Jubilo': Christmas Concert

Thursday 17 December | 19.30 (doors open 19.00)

Book now for the musical highlight of the Museum's festive calendar - the ever-popular Christmas Concert. Hear the New Cambridge Singers perform a selection of seasonal favourites amidst British art of the 16th-18th centuries in Gallery 3.

£15 (£12 concessions), booking essential: tickets from City Centre Box Office, Wheeler Street, Cambridge, tel. 01223 357 851


Find out more: www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/whatson/music/article.html



Lumière: Lithographs by Odilon Redon

Until 10 January 2010

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

Recent Acquisitions of Drawings and Prints

Until 24 January 2010

A diverse selection including works by Guercino, Goya, Degas, Picass, Modigliani, Baselitz and Liotard, from portraits and studies to a rare fan design by Gauguin. 

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

Until 31 January 2010

From examples of fifteenth-century Italian craftsmanship to contemporary art medals, this exhibition celebrates the contribution of Graham Pollard - a key figure in the life and collections of the Fitzwilliam.


Find out more: www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/whatson/exhibitions/


To book an event, telephone 01223 332904 or email

Stories and Landscapes: 19th Century Paintings in The Fitzwilliam Museum

Friday 30 October | 13.15
Nina Lübbren, Anglia Ruskin University

A Tower of Islamic Pots: Journeying through the Henry Scipio Reitlinger Bequest

Wednesday 4 November | 13.15-14.00
Rebecca Bridgeman, Research Assistant for Islamic Pottery

Speaking of Sculpture

Tuesday 10 November | 13.15-14.00
Charles Hadcock, Sculpture Promenade exhibitor

The Indeterminate World of Odilon Redon

Wednesday 11 November | 13.15-14.00
Amy Marquis, co-curator, Lumière

Robert Pashley and the Pashley Sarcophagus

Wednesday 18 November | 13.15-14.00
Lucilla Burn, Keeper of Antiquities & Julie Dawson, Senior Assistant Keeper, Conservation

Disney Classics: John Disney and his Collection of Antiquities

Wednesday 25 November | 13.15-14.00

Kate Cooper, AHRC Research Associate, Department of Antiquities



To book an event, telephone 01223 332904 or email


Tuesday 3 November | 13.15-13.45

Half an hour to spare? Just turn up and enjoy half an hour of looking at and talking about art, led by members of the Museum's Education team.
FREE, no booking required




To book an event, telephone 01223 332904 or email

Family First Saturdays

Saturday 7 November| 14.00-16.00
On the first Saturday of every month, visit our Fitz Family Welcome Point where families can collect free drawing materials, activities and trails.
FREE, no booking required

It's Magic!

Tuesday 10 November | 11.00-13.00
Looking at and making art can be magical. Explore our collection and make art of your own to take home.
£3 per child, booking essential



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

Sunday Promenade Concerts

Sunday 1 November | 13.15-14.00
The White Wind Quintet

Sunday 8 November | 13.15-14.00
Trio Indigo

Sunday 15 November | 13.15-14.00
English Touring Opera

Sunday 22 November | 13.15-14.00
Samira Tabraue - piano
Rachel Good - violin

Sunday 29 November | 13.15-14.00
Samuel Queen - baritone

For full details of all events and workshops, see



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.



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