eNews: December 2009 - Christmas and New Year

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Admission to the Museum is FREE, and a wide-ranging programme of activities is on offer.

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When planning your visit to The Fitzwilliam Museum, please remember that our Christmas and New Year opening hours are as follows:

Tuesday - Saturday: 10.00-17.00; Sunday 12.00-17.00

The Museum is CLOSED on Mondays, and 24, 25, 26 & 31 December and 1 January


'In Dulci Jubilo': Christmas Concert

Thursday 17 December | 19.30 (doors open 19.00)

Book now for the ever-popular Christmas Concert, with seasonal favourites performed in an atmospheric gallery setting. £15 (£12 concessions), booking essential: tickets from City Centre Box Office, Wheeler Street, Cambridge, tel. 01223 357 851 

Seasonal shopping at the Fitz

Escape the city centre crowds this year and do your festive shopping at the Fitzwilliam's Courtyard Shop! Discover our exclusive Christmas cards featuring works from the Museum's collections, as well as books, calendars, posters and gifts for all ages - from candles and mugs to scarves and beautifully distinctive jewellery.


New for December: Sargent, Sickert, Spencer

8 December - 5 April 2010

The exhibition focuses on three of the most original painters of the late 19th and early 20th centuries: John Singer Sargent, Walter Sickert and Stanley Spencer. Bringing together over seventy works, from landscapes and portraiture to interiors and nudes, and including little-seen sketches and studies, Sargent, Sickert, Spencer examines what divided these painters stylistically, and what united them artistically. 

Don't miss: also on display at The Fitzwilliam Museum this month

Lumière: Lithographs by Odilon Redon (until 10 January 2010)

Recent Acquisitions of Drawings and Prints (until 24 January 2010)

A Lifetime of Connoisseurship: Graham Pollard and the Study of the Medal (until 31 January 2010)

Sargent, Portrait of a Sicilian Peasant

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



To book an event, telephone 01223 332904 or email

The Courtyard at Christmas

Family First Saturdays

Saturday 5 December | 14.00-16.00
Visit the Fitz Family Welcome Point and collect free drawing materials, activities and trails.
FREE, no booking required

Festive Museum Trails

From 12 December
Discover the Museum's collections in a new seasonal light! Pick up one of our free Christmas family trails from the Museum's Entrance Desks.

The Christmas Story

Tuesday 22 December & Wednesday 23 December | 10.30-11.15 & 12.00-12.45
A storytelling session for children 5+ using paintings in the Museum's collection.
FREE, but booking essential

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




Tuesday 1 December | 13.15-13.45
Just turn up and enjoy half an hour of looking at and talking about art with members of the Museum's Education team.
FREE, no booking required

Making an Entrance: The Neoclassical at The Fitzwilliam Museum

Wednesday 2 December | 13.15
A lunchtime talk by Carrie Vout, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Classics
FREE, no booking required



Wild Thing at the Royal Academy

You can currently see one of the Fitzwilliam's key 20th-century works - Jacob Epstein's 1907 sculpture Head of Romilly John, normally on display in Gallery 1  - in the Royal Academy's major new exhibition Wild Thing: Epstein, Gaudier-Brzeska, Gill (until 24 January 2010). This exhibition celebrates the radical change that transformed British sculpture at the beginning of the twentieth century.

eNews subscribers now have the chance to win a pair of Wild Thing exhibition tickets. To enter, just email with 'CAMBRIDGE' in the subject box before 15 December 2009.

Find out more: www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibitions/


Please note: gallery closures and access restrictions due to refurbishment

Gallery 1 (British and European Art 19th-20th Centuries) is now closed for refurbishment until April 2010.

To enable the refurbishment of the Greek and Roman gallery - which reopens 30 January 2010 - there is 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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