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Quentin Blake, Cover 'On Angel Wings' (detail)

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May 2013



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

Quentin Blake: Drawn by Hand

To 12 May 2013

Your last chance to see this exhibition by Quentin Blake - one of the best-known illustrators of his generation. Enjoy book illustrations, etchings, lithographs, drawings and works done for hospitals in various and contrasting media. Plus, a display of pens, brochures, inks, watercolours, quills and other materials from the artist’s studio.

In a recent social media competition, Charis Millett made this charming comment about the artwork pictured right:
This etching reminds me weirdly enough of me and my sister hanging out and having a gossip in the buzzy way that insects do... This is why I love Quentin Blake's drawings so much, he can bring so much life and imagination to you with a few simple lines. And yes unfortunately I'm the shorter, rounder insect.


Etching #2 Women with Birds by Quentin Blake


Talks take place at 13.15, unless otherwise stated. For more information and locations visit our website

Christ appearing to the Virgin by Guido Reni

Art Speak

Tue 14 May

Enjoy half an hour looking at and talking about art

Can Guido Reni still speak to us? Two Reni paintings through 17th and 21st century eyes

Wed 15 May

Libby Howie, Independent Art Dealer and Adviser

Walruses in uniform: researching the history of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Wed 22 May

Lucilla Burn, Keeper of Antiquities


Museums at Night

Fri 17 May: 18.00 – 21.00

Join us for a special evening and explore the collections after hours. Listen out for live music across the site with modern music on the outside lawn; folk, pop and world in the galleries and jazz next to the Courtyard Café - open late. Dip into short talks from Fitzwilliam staff about the art they love, draw copies of artworks in the galleries then make a frame for your picture in our Education studio. There will also be an opportunity to dress up and pose as a painting! Visit the Fitzwilliam Museum website for details about the musical line up. For information about late night openings at other University Museums visit the University Cambridge Museums website.

Museum portico at night

Knight on horseback

Armoury Extravaganza

Wed 29 May: 11.00 – 16.30
Join us in celebrations to mark the re-opening of the Armoury. See a live knight on horseback and armour making demonstrations. Touch replica armour, discover how it was worn and become a knight by creating your own arms and armour to wear as you explore our new displays. Horse parades will take place at 12.00 and 16.00. Full timetable available on the Fitzwilliam Museum website nearer the time.


Enjoy a free classical concert in the beautiful surroundings of Gallery 3.
Seats available on a first-come, first-served basis. Voluntary collection after the concert. Programme subject to change.

Neglected treasures of Georgian harpsichord music from the Fitzwilliam's collection

Fri 10 May: 13.15

Dr Gerald Gifford, Honorary Keeper of Music, presents a programme of lesser known Georgian keyboard music from the Museum’s collection. Listen to a variety of pieces inspired by, and also independent of, Handel.

 Gerald Gifford playing the harpischord

 Promenade concert

Magic of the Woods, Shimmers of the Sea Konstellation

Sun 12 May: 13.15

Alexandra Reid (violin), Carris Jones (mezzo-soprano) and Libby Burgess (piano) perform pieces by Elgar.

Ensemble 1728

Sun 19 May: 13.15

Lucy Brown (clarinet), Joey Edwards (cello) and Simon Brown (piano) perform pieces by Bach, Beethoven and Rachmaninov.


Festival of Plants

Sat 18 May: 10.00 – 16.00

Cambridge University Botanic Garden

A combination of horticulture and science in a day dedicated to bringing plants into focus. So whether it’s getting advice on which plant goes where or how to home compost, discovering the inner workings of flowers, picking up some unusual plants for the garden, or simply having a fun day out with the family, they’ll be something for everyone at the Festival of Plants. Find out more.

  Botanical drawing


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Image credits

Banner: Quentin Blake, Cover 'On Angel Wings' (detail) by Michael Morpurgo, 2006. Image © Quentin Blake.

1. Quentin Blake, Etching #1 'Insects', 2012. Image © Quentin Blake.

2. Quentin Blake, Lisa and Dennis Walking, The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams, 2008. Image © Quentin Blake.

3. Guido Reni, Christ appearing to the Virgin, c.1608. Image © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

4. Portico at dusk. Image © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

5. Knight on horseback © Dominic Sewell

6. Gerald Gifford in concert. Image © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

7. Promenade concert. Image © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

8. Botanical picture. Image © Cambridge University Botanic Garden.