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February 2012

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Grey matters: A conversation

Thu 9 February | 17.30 - 19.30

Featuring an after hours viewing of the Grey Matters: Graphite exhibition to 18.20.

In conversation with the poet John Kinsella, and exhibition curator, Jane Munro, artist Christopher Cook will consider works by artists and writers that challenge the notional 'limitations' of monochrome and discuss why grey 'matters'.

Grey Matters: Graphite runs to 11 March 2012.  Click here for more details.


Image: Drivetime, 2003 © Christopher Cook




Wed 15 February | 16.30 - 19.30

Enjoy a special evening of fun, family activities and trails at a host of Cambridge Museums including the Fitzwilliam.

It's a once-a-year chance to see the museums and their collections after dark.
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For full details of all shows and displays please visit the exhibitions page on our website.


Triumph, protection and dreams: The African headrest in context

EXTENDED to 25 March 2012

Used as pillows, hair protectors and status symbols, discover the history of headrests in Africa.


Work, rest and play: Women and children in prints after Chardin

To 4 March 2012

Look at the work of printmakers who interpreted Chardin's popular canvases into graphic art.



Lunchtime talks take place at 13.15, for more information and locations visit our website.


Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination

Thu 16 February

With Dr Kathleen Doyle, Curator of Illuminated Manuscripts, The British Library

Projects in manuscript conservation

Wed 8 February

A Roman 'Swiss Army Knife'

Wed 22 February

Art Speak

Tue 28 February

Enjoy half an hour looking at and talking about art. Meet at Courtyard Entrance.



To book an event tel: 01223 332904 or email:

A Breath of Fresh Air

Tue 7 February | 14.00 – 15.30

Shake off those winter blues with an informal gallery tour looking at ways in which artists have engaged with nature. Includes a viewing of the newly refurbished Impressionist gallery.

£5 per person, booking essential



Source - one-to-one advice for GCSE and A Level art students

Running on 11, 14-18 and 25 February 10.00 - 16.30

The Museum's Education team and practising artists offer one-to-one advice to students preparing for art exams.  Click here for more details.



To book an event tel: 01223 332904 or email:


Family First Saturday

Sat 4 February | 14.00 – 16.00
All Ages

Free drawing materials, activities and trails to use throughout the Museum.

Drawing Together

Wed 15 February | 12.00 to 16.00   
All Ages

Drop-in and draw at the Museum with activities and inspiration available from the Fitz Family Welcome Point.


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

Sundays | 13.15 - 14.00

English Song

5 February

Quilter, Finzi, Gurney, Butterworth

Vivace Ensemble

12 February


The Galliard Trio

19 February

Dvorák, Saint-Saëns, Poulenc, Albéniz

The Art of Jewish Song

26 February

Wiesenberg, Hemsi, Morante, Knapp



To book an event:

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Image credits

Banner:  Portrait of Captain John Wood, John Brown (1752-1787) © The Fitzwilliam Museum

1. Drivetime, 2003 © Christopher Cook

2. Detail from the 2012 Twilight at the Museums poster

3.Wooden headrest (detail), Zimbabwe, Shona, First half of the twentieth century or later  © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

4. Charles-Nicolas Cochin I, after Jean-Siméon Chardin, l’Ecureuse, 1740 (detail) © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge  

5. Miniature of God creating heaven and eath from a Bible historiale, Clairefontaine and Paris (1411), British Library, Royal MS 19 D.iii, vol 1, f.3

6. Claude Monet , Printemps (Springtime) (detail) © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

All other images © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge