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September 2013



Hair salon

Origins of the Afro Comb:
6,000 years of culture, politics and identity

To 3 November: Fitzwilliam Museum
To 28 September: Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology

This month is your last chance to see the fantastic installations at the Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology. See the ‘Cottage Salon’ in the home, The Barber Shop and The Hairdressing Salon brought to life and learn about black hair culture, styling and politics as we know it today. At the Fitzwilliam Museum the exhibition continues until 3 November – discover the extraordinary 6,000-year history of African hair combs and see an array of material culture from pre-dynastic Egypt to present day, alongside personal stories about combs and African type hair.

Swiss landscape


Fashioning Switzerland: Portraits and landscapes by Markus Dinkel and his contemporaries

To 15 September

An exhibition of Swiss watercolours and prints featuring a rare selection of finely drawn and coloured portraits of Swiss women in regional costume.



Free unless otherwise stated. For more information and locations visit our website

An introduction to the Fitzwilliam Museum's sampler collection

Wed 11 September: 13.15 - 14.00
With Carol Humphreys, Honorary Keeper, Applied Arts.

Stories behind the stitches: Schoolgirl samplers of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries

Wed 18 September: 13.15 - 14.00

With Leena Rana, Applied Arts Intern.

Schoolgirl sampler

Natural hair past & present

Sat 14 September: 14.00 – 16.00

With Sandra Gittens, Author and Lecturer with a specialism in African Caribbean hair.

Object handling session

Sat 12 September: 12.00 – 14.00

An opportunity to look in more detail at some of the pieces in Origins of the Afro Comb.

Art Speak

Tue 17 September: 13.15 – 13.45

Enjoy half an hour looking at and talking about art.

 Origins of the Afro Comb exhibition



Hair braiding


Kickin' it with the Kinks

Sat 28 September: 14.00 – 16.00

A special screening of this symbolic film, which explores the complexities of haircare among women of African descent. Followed by Q&A with Cynthia Butare (Film Producer) and Mundia Situmbeko (co-founder of Black Girl Flow). Free, admission is by token, available from 12.00 on the day.


Booking Essential. To register your interest please contact 01223 332904 or email: Places will be confirmed on receipt of payment.


Fri 13 September: 10.15 - 13.00

A new session for adults – gain ideas and advice on sketching and get creative in our galleries with like minded people. £5 per session.


Fri 27 September: 10.15 - 12.00   

Become more confident with your drawing skills and discover new ways of working at this art workshop. Please note: places are limited to 15 and booking for each session opens on the first day of that month. £5 per workshop.


Portals to the world: an art appreciation course designed specially for people with dementia and their carers

Tues 17 & 24 September: 14.00 – 16.00

Listen to a short talk by a Museum staff member, followed by a handling session or a practical art activity. This is a partnership project with dementiaCOMPASS (a volunteer run organisation which supports people with dementia). Free.

Looking at art




Booking Essential. To register your interest please contact 01223 332904 or email: Places will be confirmed on receipt of payment.




Sat 14 September: 11.00 – 13.00

Ages 13 – 18

Enjoy art and want to develop your own ideas and projects? Join us to learn specialist techniques from printing, painting, illustration and sculpture. £4 per person.


Booking Essential, unless otherwise stated. To register your interest please contact 01223 332904 or email Places will be confirmed on receipt of payment. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

Family First Saturday

Sat 7 September: 14.00 – 16.00

All Ages

Visit our Fitz Family Welcome Point and collect drawing materials, activities and trails to use throughout the Museum, exploring a variety of themes.
FREE, no booking required.

Marvellous print

Sat 21 September: 10.30 – 12.30

Ages 5 – 7

Explore a variety of print making techniques inspired by artworks and exhibitions in the Museum. Will be messy, old clothes recommended. £5 per child.

It’s Magic!

Tuesday 24 September: 10.00 – 11.30

Ages 2 – 5

Looking at art can be magical. Explore work in the collections and make art of your own in the studio to take home. £3 per child.





Enjoy a free classical concert in the beautiful surroundings of Gallery 3 at 13.15.
Seats available on a first-come, first-served basis. Voluntary collection after the concert. Programme may be subject to change.

Music concert


Alumni festival promenade concert

Sun 29 September: 13.15

Jon Fistein (cello) and Graeme Mitchison (piano) perform pieces by Beethoven, Schumann, and Bach.



12 September - 19 January

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

This major exhibition brings together works by two giants of twentieth- century western art renowned for creating unforgettable images of the human figure.  FRANCIS BACON HENRY MOORE: FLESH AND BONE will show Bacon’s paintings alongside Moore’s sculptures and drawings to reveal surprising parallels in the work of these two great artists. Find out more.

 Exhibition poster


Castle Hill Open Day

Sat 21 September: 11.00 - 17.00

Explore the history and culture of the Castle Hill area of Cambridge. Free talks, tours and activities for all ages plus free entry.


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Castle Hill


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