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February 2014



Late opening

Fri 14 February: open until 20.00

See A world of private mystery: John Craxton, RA (1922-2009) after hours and a screening of Dhiava: The Autumn Journey, introduced by the film’s narrator, Tim Salmon. The film documents pastoral life in the mountains of Northern Greece. Far from the tourist haunts and beaches, Vlach shepherds bring their flocks home for the winter, walking across mountains, through forests and camping out at night under the stars.

Film starts at 18.00. Free admission, no booking required.



To celebrate the final month of Edmund de Waal's beautiful intervention On White: Porcelain Stories from the Fitzwilliam, the Museum is holding a set of special film screenings showing you behind the scenes in de Waal’s studio.

A thousand hours film screenings
Sat 1 February: 11.00
Sat 22 February: 11.00 and 14.00

Drop-in and see a free short film following Edmund de Waal as he prepared 11 ceramic installations for his 2012 exhibition a thousand hours.  The film featured in BBC 4’s What do Artists do All Day. Filmed mainly in de Waal's South London studio, it gives a fascinating insight into his working methods, as well as the ideas and influences that inform his work.

The film screenings are in Seminar Room (35).



Wed 19 February: 16.30 - 20.30

As darkness falls, museums and collections across Cambridge are opening for an exciting evening of FREE exploration and adventure.

In addition to the excitement inside the venues, there will be all sorts of happenings to get involved in as you travel between museums: four metre high animated globes, pop-up installations created by local school children and torch lit tours through the ancient streets of Cambridge.

Find out more about what is happening in museums across the city on the Twilight page.


Shepherd and Rocks by John Craxton

The Courtesan Somenosuke by Kitagawa Utamaro

A world of private mystery: John Craxton, RA (1922 - 2009)

Until 21 April 2014

A fresh retrospective on John Craxton - from his beginnings as a young hope of post-war British art, creating dark, meditative images of the natural world, to works of incredible vibrancy, light and colour from his later life in Crete

From root to tip: Botanical art in Britain

Until 11 May 2014

This exhibition brings together a selection of watercolours from the Fitzwilliam’s outstanding collection of botanical art. It draws on over 300 years of work by both professional and amateur artists, tracing a history of flower drawing in Britain. Works on show date from the seventeenth century to present day.


Installation shot

Wickham Market Hoard

Until 2 March 2014

This hoard of Iron Age gold coins was found at Wickham Market in north Suffolk. These coins were issued by the Iceni tribe, whose most famous leader was Boudica.

This is the largest hoard of Iron Age gold coins (840 specimens) discovered since 1849.

Edmund de Waal
On White: Porcelain Stories from the Fitzwilliam

Until 23 February 2014

Porcelain, its almost impossible translucency and white colour has fascinated artists and collectors for over a thousand years. See major porcelain displays by renowned potter and author Edmund de Waal, and historic works from the permanent collections.



Free. Admission by token, 1 per person, available at the Courtyard Entrance desk from 12.45 on the day. For our full season of talks and locations visit our website

The art of John Craxton

Wed 5 February: 13.15 - 14.00

Gallery 13

Discoveries at Two Temple Place: Taking the University of Cambridge Museums to London

Wed 12 February: 13.15 - 14.00

With Lydia Hamlett, Programme Curator at University of Cambridge Museums.

Poussin, paint and perception

Sat 22 February: 14.00 - 15.00

With Helen Glanville, Research Associate Hamilton Kerr Institute.
Gallery 4.

Art Speak

Tue 25 February: 13.15 - 13.45

Enjoy half an hour looking at and talking about art.



To book contact: 01223 332904 | . Places confirmed on receipt of payment.


Discovering the Fitzwilliam

Thu 6, 13 February, 6, 13, 20 March: 14.00 - 16.00

This new five week course focuses on a variety of different themes to discover. Interact and engage with a wide range of objects and paintings in the Museum’s collection. The course is led by Sarah Burles, Art Historian and Museum Educator, in partnership with Cambridge Art Tours.
£150 (£125 concessions and Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum) for five weeks including refreshments.

Collections Confidential

Mummy case saved by LEGO®: The history and conservation of a cartonnage coffin

Sat 8 February: 11.00 - 16.00

Spend a day with the Ancient Egyptian mummy case of Hor in the company of specialists, discovering secrets revealed by close examination and conservation treatment. Look in detail at related objects from the Museum and learn the story behind the press headline.
£20 (£16 concessions and Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum).

Copying and originality:
Craxton, Sutherland and Samuel Palmer

Sat 8 February: 10.15 - 16.00

Join Cambridge artist, Jeremy Mulvey, to discover how Graham Sutherland and John Craxton copy the drawings and prints of Samuel Palmer in their search for a modernist version of the English pastoral landscape tradition. This event includes a break for lunch at 13.00.
£40 (£35 concessions and Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum).

Chinese tea ceremony and teapot collection

Wed 12 February: 10.30 - 12.00

Take part in a traditional Chinese tea ceremony. View and discuss teapots and tea bowls and hear stories about tea. Then create 'teabag art' with comic artist Chen Xi. 
£12 (£10 concessions and Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum).

Sketch: Love and lovers

Fri 14 February: 10.15 - 13.00

Enjoy sketching? Join this friendly drawing group inspired. Bring your own sketchbook, pencils and ideas or borrow ours. 
£5 per session.


To book contact: 01223 332904 | . Places confirmed on receipt of payment.


Sat 8, 15 & 22, & 18 – 21 February:
10.00 – 16.00

One-to-one advice, gallery tours and studio space for students preparing for art exams, in particular GCSE and A Level.

Based in the informal atmosphere of the Fitzwilliam’s studio, the Museum’s Education team and freelance artists offer one-to-one advice to students. We can help students to research their exam theme by giving access to the wealth of ideas and inspiration in the work of other artists. To do this we offer starting points, gallery tours and advice on how to make the most of our on-line resources.
FREE drop-in event.  Find out more on our Source web page.


To book contact: 01223 332904 | . Places confirmed on receipt of payment. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

Family First Saturdays
John Craxton: Imaginary landscapes

Sat 1 February: 13.00 - 16.00

On the first Saturday of each month drop-in to our Fitz Family Welcome Point in the Courtyard and collect drawing materials, activities and trails to use throughout the Museum, exploring a variety of themes.
All Ages. FREE.

Drawing Together
Antiquities: Creatures from the ancient world

Wed 19 February: 12.00 - 16.00

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



Enjoy a free classical concert in the beautiful surroundings of Gallery 3.
Admission by token, 1 per person, available at the Founder’s Entrance desk from 12.00 on the day. Space is limited – no standing room available. For more information and our full concert season click here

Water and Image

2 February

An-Ting Chang (piano) performs pieces by Beethoven, Debussy, Ravel, Liszt and Chopin.

Instrumental award holders for chamber music

9 February

Enjoy two performances by the very best undergraduate chamber musicians.

Rosie Bowker (flute), William Ball (oboe), David Wong (clarinet), Hannah Bell (horn) and David Bennett (bassoon) will perform a Quintet by Nielson.  Hannah Bell (violin), Max Liefkes (violin), Ed Daley (viola), Joe Davies (cello) and Ian Tsui (piano) of The Bell Quintet will also perform movements from Piano Quintet in A Major by Dvorak.

Old Wine in New Bottles

16 February

Vox Cantab perform traditional songs from both sides of the Atlantic. Directed by Louisa Denby.

Love from Innocence To Loss

23 February

Amaia Azcona Cildoz (soprano)and Marion Caldwell (piano) perform pieces by Mendelssohn, Brahms, Faure and others.


Discoveries: Art, Science and Exploration from the University of Cambridge Museums

31 January - 27 April 2014

Two Temple Place, London

Discoveries is the first major exhibition to bring together the fascinating collections from all eight University of Cambridge Museums in the extraordinary interiors of Two Temple Place on London’s Embankment.

The exhibition challenges and responds to the very notion of ‘discovery’, displaying objects that span millennia; from artworks to scientific artefacts, historic instruments to rare zoological specimens.  Find out more.


Court and Craft: A Masterpiece from Northern Iraq

20 February – 18 May 2014

Courtauld Gallery, London

Discover the story behind one of the most beautiful and enigmatic objects in The Courtauld’s collection: a brass bag inlaid with gold and silver, made in northern Iraq around 1300.

Court & Craft explores the origin and cultural context of this extraordinary object, alongside displays of illuminated manuscripts, ceramics and luxury crafts.



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All images © Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, unless otherwise stated
Header: Edmund de Waal, a thousand hours (detail), image Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Picture 1: John Craxton and Margot Fonteyn © estate of John Craxton
Picture 5: John Craxton, Shepherd and Rocks (detail), 1943 © estate of John Craxton
Picture 9: John Craxton, Galatas (detail), 1947 © estate of John Craxton
Picture 11: John Craxton, Poet in Landscape, 1941 © estate of John Craxton
Picture 15: Muggletonian print, Whipple Museum of the history of science, University of Cambridge
Picture 16: Bag, Mosul, northern Iraq, 1300-1330 © The Courtauld Gallery, London