Trouble viewing this email?

Click here to view eNews online

To book an event contact:

T: 01223 332904


Keep in touch ...

Join the Fitz on


June 2014




The Nature of Discovery

Tue 10 June: 18.00 - 20.00

See the Discoveries exhibition after hours and join Directors from the University of Cambridge Museums as they debate how differing notions and meanings of ‘discovery’ have enriched our understanding of the world and inspired the creation of their extraordinary collections.

Speakers include:
Paul Brakefield, Museum of Zoology
Tim Knox, The Fitzwilliam Museum
Heather Lane, The Polar Museum
Robin Osborne, Museum of Classical Archaeology
Liba Taub or Josh Nall, The Whipple Musem of the History of Science
Beverly Glover, Cambridge University Botanic Garden

£5. Booking essential, tel: 01223 332904 or email:





Building an Empire: Money, trade and power in the age of Charlemagne

3 June to 3 August

This exhibition marks the 1200th anniversary of the death of Charlemagne, ‘beacon, king and father of Europe’.

A selection of the finest medieval coins from the Fitzwilliam Museum’s own collection (Frankish, Anglo-Saxon, Viking, Byzantine and Islamic) will be on show to illustrate the complex political, economic and cultural ties of the period.





La Grande Guerre: French prints of the First World War

Until 28 September

See French colour lithographs and woodcuts from the series La Grande Guerre, illustrating events of the first seven months of World War I. Scenes of action in the form of battles, sieges and air strikes are punctuated by moments of relative repose, including depictions of English and Scottish soldiers drinking tea and Indian soldiers at prayer.

Art, Science and Exploration from the University of Cambridge Museums

Until 27 July

Following recent success at London’s Two Temple Place, the Fitzwilliam Museum is pleased to be able to display a smaller version of the Discoveries exhibition - the first major show to bring together the fascinating collections from all eight University of Cambridge Museums and the University of Cambridge Botanic Garden. Find objects that span millennia; from artworks to scientific artefacts, historic instruments to rare zoological specimens.




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 age of the collector: History of the Woodwardian and Sedgwick Museums

Wed 11 June: 13.15 – 14.00

A lunchtime talk with Ken McNamara, Director of the Sedgwick (and Woodwardian) Museums

Art Speak

Tue 17 June: 13.15 –13.45

Enjoy half an hour looking at and talking about art. No token necessary.

Inside the refurbished Dutch Gallery: The shape of things to come

Wed 25 June: 13.15 – 14.00
Gallery 15

A lunchtime talk with Jane Munro, Acting Keeper (Paintings, Drawings and Prints) and colleagues




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

A question of style

Fridays 6 June - 4 July: 14.00 - 15.30

A new five week course led by Deborah Monteiro, art historian and adult education tutor.

The course charts the history of styles from the medieval period to the 21st century, using examples from across the Museum’s collections, as detailed below.

6 June: The courtly Gothic and classical styles

13 June: Mannerism and showing off in the Baroque

20 June: Fabulous and frivolous: Rococo

27 June: Revival styles of empire and the Arts and Crafts Movement

4 July: The dawn of the modern age-isms galore

Booking essential.
£80 (£65 concessions and Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum)



SKETCH: Cypriot pots

Fri 13 June: 10.15 - 12.15

Enjoy sketching? Join this friendly drawing group inspired by the Fitzwilliam’s exhibitions and collections

Bring your own sketchbook, pencils and ideas or borrow ours. This is not an artist led session. Booking essential.

MUSE: Watercolours and ink

Fri 27 June: 10.15 - 12.00

Look at feathers from the Museum of Zoology handling collection and paintings at the Fitzwilliam at this artist led workshop inspired by Museum exhibitions and collections.

Please note: places are limited to 15 and booking for each session opens on the first day of that month. Booking essential.




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

ReSource: Symbols in paintings with Ella McCartney

Sat 14 June: 11.00 – 13.00

Ages 13 – 18

Develop your own ideas and art projects. Join us in our studio with a different guest artist each month.

These sessions are specifically designed for young people.
£5 per session




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

Family First Saturdays: Pattern

Sat 7 June: 14.00 – 16.00

All Ages (under 8’s must be accompanied by an adult)

Visit our Fitz Family Welcome Point and collect drawing materials, activities and trails to use throughout the Museum.
Free, no booking required.

Building explorer

Sat 7 June: 10.30 - 12.30

Ages 8+ 

Investigate how artists and craftspeople have depicted architecture and made use of perspective. Then create your own paper sculpture, inspired by paintings in the Museum.
Booking essential.
£5 per child



Enjoy a free Sunday classical concert in the beautiful surroundings of Gallery 3 from 13.15 – 14.00. Admission is by token, 1 per person, available at the Founder’s Entrance desk on a first- come first-served basis from 12.00 on the day of the concert. Space is limited – no standing room available. Voluntary collection after each concert. Programmes may be subject to change.

Mischievous Mozart to Fabulous Folk - The Reid Sisters Violin Duo

1 June

Alexandra Reid (violin) and Charlotte Reid (violin) perform pieces by Mozart, Schnittke and Bartók.

Perspectives on the Bach Suites

8 June

Veronica Henderson (cello) performs pieces by Bach, Jacob and Britten.





Buddha's word: the life of books in Tibet and Beyond

Until Sat 17 January 2015

Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Buddha’s Word is the first exhibition of Tibetan material in Cambridge, charting some of the incredible journeys that the words of the Buddha have taken. Exhibits include: some of the oldest illuminated Buddhist manuscripts; skilfully illuminated wooden covers; scroll paintings brought back from the infamous Younghusband Expedition; and a gift from the 13th Dalai Lama.

NEW: Childrens book

Fitz and Will - the Cambridge Cats

The Cambridge Cats Children's Picture Book has launched… And guess where these adorable cats live?

Fitz and Will are two Cambridge cats who live at the foot of our very own stone lions. This beautifully illustrated picture book follows them on an adventure from the Museum to a Trinity May Ball. For bedtime reading or a gift for a little one, this picture book is full of Cambridge charm.

Available to buy at the Fitzwilliam Museum shop or at


General admission to the Fitzwilliam Museum is FREE

For full details of all events and workshops, visit our website at

Keep in touch ...

Join the Fitz on &

RSS  Get regular updates from The Fitzwilliam Museum's website by subscribing to our RSS Feeds. For more information, see our website


All images © Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, unless otherwise stated
Header : Eduardo Garcia Benito (1891-1981), Le prix de la maison du passeur, 1915, Colour wood engraving, La Grande Guerre no. 43, Photo copyright Fitzwilliam Museum. Copyright estate of Eduardo Garcia Benito
3. Eduardo Garcia Benito (1891-1981), Les drapeaux alliés flottent sur les forts des Dardanelles
Colour wood engraving, no. 52 in the series La Grande Guerre, Photo © Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
4. Drawn by Isaac Frost. Printed in oil colours by George Baxter. Engraved by Clubb & Son. The Newtonian system of the universe & system according to the holy scriptures; Muggletonian print 10 © Whipple Museum of the History of Science. Photography Paul Tucker
10. Buddha statue, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. X-ray courtesy of Fitzwilliam Museum.

11. Fitz and Will the Cambridge Cats, illustration by Jia Han.