eNews: July 2011

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Talking Treasures

Saturday 23 July | 12.00 - 16.00

Marking exactly one year to go before the Olympic Games, join the Fitz and other Cambridge museums for a celebration of stories inspired by treasures from around the world.

Discover the amazing tales hidden in museum collections and enjoy storytelling, story-making, trails and hands-on workshops for all-ages.  





Flower Drawings: Redouté and his Pupils

From 19 July to 30 October

A beautiful summer exhibition of flower drawings by Joseph-Pierre Redouté and his pupils.


Italian Drawings: Highlights from the Collection

EXTENDED to 17 July

Explore the work of da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian and more, with this exhibition celebrating the Fitzwilliam's outstanding collection of Italian drawings from the Renaissance to the 20th-century.


Italian Etchings: The Draughtsman's Print

To 29 August

Complementing Italian Drawings, see etchings by 16th to 18th century artists including Parmigianino, Guido Reni, Giambattista Tiepolo and Canaletto.


Treasure Under Your Feet

To 4 September

A Bronze-Age torc, a Tudor jewel, Viking hack-silver and gold coins of the Civil War. Discover the story of East of England finds that have helped us understand the lives of our ancestors.



Join us for a debate with CRASSH (Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities).

The Imaginary Film: A Public Roundtable discussion

Thursday 7 July | 17:30 - 19:30  Click here to book

What is the future of museums and film? This public round-table discussion looks at the concept of the imaginary museum and explores spaces at the Fitz through real films and the ‘imaginary film’.




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.


Sedgeford Hoard, Iron Age, 1st cent. BC   © Lynn Museum

'Brethren of the quill': antiquarians of 18th-century Cambridge and East Anglia

Wed 6 July  | 13.15 - 14.00

The pursuit of 'easy money': a Roman coin forger's workshop at Bourn, Cambs

Wed 20 July  | 13.15 - 14.00

The Staffordshire hoard: a treasure saved for the nation

Wed 27 July  | 13.15 - 14.00

With Helen Geake - Portable Antiquities Service and Time Team



Art Speak

Tue 12 July | 13.15 - 13.45

Enjoy half an hour looking at and talking about art.

Take a closer look: Coins and ancient objects

Tue 19 & Wed 20 July | 14:00 to 16:00

With the Museum’s curators in the Octagon Gallery (10).

Identify your finds!

Wed 20 & 27 July | 10:00 - 12:30

Bring in your coins and other finds  to identify and record.

Insights: Discussions

Thu 28 July | 13.15 - 13.45

Find out about a drawing, watercolour or print not normally on public display. Graham Robertson Study Room (9) 

Free but BOOK. 



Tudor Jewel. English, c.1600 © Colchester & Ipswich Museums Service



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It’s Magic!

Tue 12 July | 10.00 - 12.30

Discover how looking at art and making art can be magical. Ages 2 - 5, £3 per child.

Exploring Archaeology

Sat 16 July | 10.30 - 12.30
Ages 8+, £5 per child

Dig into local history in our exhibition Treasures Under Your Feet and then journey to distant lands and discover the lost world of Babylon!

Buried Treasure

Sat 30 July | 10.30 - 12.30
Ages 5+, £5 per child

Explore the glittering finds of our own area and then create your own treasure to bury at home!






Summer Promenade Concerts

As part of Cambridge Summer Music Festival enjoy a series of free concerts.

Sundays | 13.15

James Sherlock - piano

July 17

Accord Duo

July 24

Violin and piano

July 31


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

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