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June 2012



Get involved with an upcoming exhibition in 2013 on the History of the Afro Comb.  The Museum is looking for participants in a new Community Project to actively contribute to the final exhibition, launching with the first event detailed below.

Introduction to African hair combs

Sat 16 June | 14.00 – 16.00

Look at beautiful combs up to 6000 years old intricately carved from wood, or woven in delicate patterns and offer your own points of view on these fascinating objects. 

Please contact the Museum to participate in this event and with the Afro Comb project.




Fri 29 June | 10.00 – 12.00

Back by popular demand, the Fitz has re-launched its monthly drawing workshops.  Keep an eye out for these events on Fridays towards the end of the month.  Helping you become more confident with your drawing skills, the last two of the summer season are on 29 June and 20 July.

£5 per person. Booking essential.


For full details of all shows and displays please visit the exhibitions page on our website.


The Search for Immortality: Tomb Treasures of Han China

To 11 November 2012

Featuring over 350 treasures in jade, gold, silver, bronze and ceramics, discover the secrets of ancient China’s 2000 year old royal tombs.

Designed to Impress: Highlights from the print collection

To 7 October 2012

Enjoy some of the Fitzwilliam's most remarkable prints from the 15th to the 21st centuries.


To 23 September 2012

'Edgelands' is that uncertain and overlooked zone, neither city nor countryside. See prints by George Shaw and Michael Landy exploring the urban edge.

2012 Sculpture Promenade

To January 2013

See incredible monumental and intricate sculptures by three internationally renowned contemporary sculptors; Helaine Blumenfeld, Peter Randall-Page and Kan Yasuda.




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

Gateways to paradise: Twin towers in early Chinese art

Wed 6 June

Dr Li-kuei Chien, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge

Reversing the slump: Reshaping a rare Egyptian mummy case

Wed 13 June

Sophie Rowe, Department of Antiquities (Conservation)

Monsieur Desprez’s monster - a closer look at an object from the exhibition Designed to Impress

Wed 20 June

Elenor Ling, Research Assistant for Paintings, Drawings & Prints

Rituals and recipes: Food, religion, and politics in ancient China

Wed 27 June

Professor Roel Sterckx, Joseph Needham Professor of Chinese History, Science and Civilisation, University of Cambridge



Family First Saturday

Sat 2 June | 14.00 - 16.00

On the first Saturday of each month visit our Fitz Family Welcome Point and collect drawing materials, activities and trails.

FREE (under 8’s must be accompanied by an adult.

Drawing together

Wed 6 June 2012 | 12.00 - 14.00

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

FREE (under 8’s must be accompanied by an adult).


The tomb of spirits ... a ghostly tale of ancient China

Thu 7 June 2012 | 14.00
Fri 8 June 2012 | 11.00 & 14.00
Sat 9 June 2012 | 11.00 & 14.00

Ages 5+

A magical performance using puppets, silk and shadows. Discover the secret afterlife of the Han Dynasty and the Emperor’s Ancient Treasure. Each show is an hour long.

FREE but booking essential.

Demons & guardians

Sat 30 June 2012 | 10.30 - 12.30

Ages 8+

Discover the warriors in The Search for Immortality together with their horses, chariots and weapons.  Create your own guardian in the studio to take home.

Booking essential, £5 per child.



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

Sundays | 13.15 - 14.00

FREE space may be limited.


Sun 3 June

Anna Huntley (mezzo-soprano), John Stack (clarinet), Matt Lowe (cello), Elizabeth Burgess (piano).

Bach, Mozart, Rudland

Sun 10 June

Helen Roche (violin), Ian Tindale (piano).




Newly opened Archaeology and Anthropology Museum

Discover the history of humanity, from our earliest ancestors to today’s indigenous people spread across the globe at the Archaeology and Anthropology Museum.  The Museum has re-opened following an 18 month £1.8m redevelopment. 

Here is a video made for the re-opening:

Now open Tuesdays to Saturdays 10.30 – 16.30, admission free


Last weeks of Johan Zoffany RA: Society Observed

At the Royal Academy until 10 June 2012

This exhibition constitutes a radical re-evaluation of the extraordinary life and career of this enigmatic artist. Born near Frankfurt, Zoffany moved to London in 1760. Of all the major artists in 18th century England, none explored more inventively the interstices of Georgian society and the complexities of British imperial rule.


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Image credits

Banner: Jade ornament with an animal mask (detail), Nanyue Wang Museum, Guangdong Province

1. African hair comb (detail), image © The Fitzwilliam Museum

2. Drawing workshop, image © The Fitzwilliam Museum

3. Gold belt plaque (detail), Xuzhou Museum, Jiangsu Province

4. Albrecht Dürer 1471-1528, Nemesis (detail), engraving, c.1501-2, given by Arthur W. Young 1934, image © The Fitzwilliam Museum

5. George Shaw (born 1966), Twelve Short Walks 5 (detail), 2005 © George Shaw and Paragon Press. Acquired with the help of the Art Fund

6. Peter Randall-Page, Theme and Variation I, II, II, image © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

7. Gilt bronze jar on a square base, The Museum of the Nanyue king, Guangdong Province

8. Photo from Big Draw 2011, image © The Fitzwilliam Museum

9. Jade dragon pendant, Xuzhou Museum, Jiangsu Province

10. Sunday Promenade Concert photo, image © The Fitzwilliam Museum

11. Nguzunguzu. Canoe prow carving, western Solomon Islands. Collected by W. H. R. Rivers in 1908.  Image courtesy of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge

12. Johan Zoffany, The Sharp Family, 1779-81, by courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery, London, and the Lloyd-Baker Trustees