eNews: October 2010

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Epic of the Persian Kings: The Art of Ferdowsi's Shahnameh

Until 9 January 2011

"Persian miniatures at their finest" - The Economist

This landmark exhibition of manuscript paintings explores the monumental artistic legacy of one of the world’s greatest literary epics: the 1000 year-old Persian ‘Book of Kings’, or Shahnameh. Find out more...


Concerts of Persian Music: The Naghmeh Ensemble with vocalist Jamshid Rezaie

Sat 2 October | 18.30

The first in this series of three special concerts celebrating the cultural influence of the Shahnameh.
£12 (£10 conc.), booking via Cambridge City Centre Box Office on 01223 357851.
For details of all concerts, visit our website

Related evening lectures

The political context of Shahnameh manuscript production
Wed 6 October | 17.00

With Professor Charles Melville, University of Cambridge.

The Juki Shahnameh in context
Wed 13 October | 17.00

With Dr Barbara Brend, exhibition curator
Free, no booking required. Lectures take place at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge

See our website for all concerts & events




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Nubia - Past and Present

5 October - 31 October
This display of photography uses work by photographer Andrew Crowe to find out what is meant by the term 'Nubian' and how Nubian people define their identity.

An introduction to the Nubian Collection at the Fitzwilliam Museum

Wed 6 October | 13.15-14.00
A talk with Dr Sally-Ann Ashton, Dept of Antiquities
Free, no booking required

Children's workshop: Patchwork Tales

Sat 9 October | 11.00-13.00
For ages 8+: join Arnisha Paxman, textile artist, in creating a patchwork storybook.
Free but booking essential

Nubia, Kush and the Land of the Bow

Sat 16 October | 14.00-16.00
This adult workshop explores cultural links between the Ancient Kingdom of Kush (Sudan) and Egypt.
Free but booking essential



All talks are FREE but space may be limited. Admission is by token, available from the Courtyard Entrance from 12.45 on the day of the talk. For information and locations of talks visit our website.

Free Festival talks:

Looking through the keyhole: Venetians in Damascus
Wed 20 October | 13.15  

Forgotten Gifts: What the Pope didn’t send the Emperor of China in 1588
Thur 21 October | 13.15       

Bronze in the Renaissance casa
Tues 26 October | 13.15        

Eating ice cream on the Grand Tour
Wed 27 October | 13.15   

Strong men and swords: Armour and art in the Renaissance
Fri 29 October | 13.15         

Monet to Mondrian
Sat 30 October | 13.15    

Workshop: Re-imagining ideas

Sat 30 October 2010 | 13.30-16.00
A hands-on session exploring ways of re-imagining ideas inspired by the Museum's collections.
Free but booking essential    




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Objects of Affection: Pre-Raphaelite Portraits by John Brett

Until 28 November
Paintings and drawings celebrating the meticulous and delicate portrait style of John Brett (1831-1902)

Kings, Satraps and Shahs: Persian coinage through the ages

Until 30 January 2011
Drawn from the Fitzwilliam's world-class numismatic collection, this exhibition explores the history of Persia through the coins produced from the sixth century BC until recent times.


All talks are FREE but space may be limited. Admission is by token, available from the Courtyard Entrance from 12.45 on the day of the talk. For information and locations of talks visit our website.

Blake and the political unconscious

Fri 8 October | 13.15        

'Home is where the hearth is': Excavating and reconstructing the ancient Greek household

Wed 13 October | 13.15    

The Shahnameh and the rise of Persian poetry

Thur 14 October | 13.15        

Oral traditions of Shahnameh performances

Thur 28 October | 13.15     




To book an event, telephone 01223 332904 or email



Tue 5 October | 13.15
Meet in the Courtyard Entrance for a relaxed half-hour of looking at and talking about art.
Free, no booking required

The Maatian ideal of social justice in ancient Egypt: A classical African conception

Sat 9 October | 14:00-16:00
The Stephen Glanville Memorial Lecture
Takes place at Mill Lane Lecture Rooms, University of Cambridge
Free, but booking essential - contact akl32@cam.ac.uk



Persian Epic

Sat 2 October 2010 | 11:00-14:10
For all ages: heroes, princesses, dragons, demons... all await you in the Shahnameh. Narrated by Xanthe Gresham with master musician Arash Moradi. Forty-minute sessions at: 11.00, 12.00 & 13.30.
50 places per session, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Family First Saturdays

Sat 2 October 2010 | 14:00-16:00
Visit our Fitz Family Welcome Point and collect activities and trails linked to Epic of the Persian Kings.
Free, no booking required

Lord Fitzwilliam and the Cambridge Quest

Sat 23 October 2010 | 10:30-16:00
This drawing and reading adventure includes a trail at the Museum and Central Library. Trail available throughout half term.
Free, no booking required


Drawing together

Wed 27 October 2010 | 12:00-16:00
Drop in and draw at the Museum with activities and inspiration available from the Fitz Family Welcome Point.
Free, no booking required

Graphic novels workshop

Thu 28 October 2010 | 12:00-16:00
Budding graphic novelists: come and get ideas, advice and inspiration from ARU illustration students. For ages 14+.
Free, no booking required




Sunday Promenade Concerts

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

Sun 10 October | 13.15
Paula Downes - Soprano
David Trippett - Piano
Music by Poulenc, Chopin, Andrew Downes

Sun 17 October | 13.15
Granta Chorale
Music by Monteverdi, Mantyjarvi, Banchieri, Britten, Janet Wheeler and Eric Whitacre

Sun 24 October | 13.15
Kathryn Walker - Mezzo Soprano
Charles Brett - Piano
Music by Jacques Blumenthal

Sun 31 October | 13.15
Mulberry Piano Trio
Music by Dvorak & Bloch

For full details of all events and workshops, visit our website at www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk




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