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July 2014


Vote to get a Fitzwilliam Museum painting on poster sites across the UK this summer...

The Fitzwilliam Museum is very near to seeing its John Hoyland painting Memory Mirror appear on some of the tens of thousands of poster sites, bus stops and billboards across the UK from 21 July - 31 August as part of this year's Art Everywhere campaign. However, we're not yet within a safe margin of votes, so please do vote (if you haven’t already) by clicking here and liking the picture on Facebook. Non Facebook users can register their vote by emailing before this Monday 30th June, when voting closes.

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Le Tour de France

On Monday 7 July the Fitzwilliam Museum will have a front row seat of the world’s greatest cycle race as stage 3 passes down Trumpington Street at 12.30. The Museum will be closed on the day, but will have a performance of the Cycle of Songs on the Museum portico. The music, developed and performed by composers local musicians, choirs, poets historians and schools, is inspired by iconic locations along the route and draws on the city’s rich choral traditions and untold hidden histories. The Fitzwilliam Museum is one of several venues that will be hosting performances by the Cycle of Songs.


Masterpieces of the Dutch Golden Age back on display

Our gallery of Dutch Golden Age paintings is back on display following full refurbishment, with new surprises including the revelation of a beached whale previously painted out of an airy coastal view of Scheveningen, a spectacular metre-high blue and white vase, and new displays evoking seventeenth-century domestic interiors. Find out more.

Dutch Gallery



Copernicus by James Nasmyth

Art, Science and Exploration from the University of Cambridge Museums

Until 27 July

See this exhibition before it closes at the end of the month. Discoveries is 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. This show is a smaller version of that previously on display at London’s Two Temple Place.

Les Hindous

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.

Chalemagne coin

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

Until 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) can be seen and illustrate the complex political, economic and cultural ties of the period.



Late night opening - summer exhibitions

Thu 3 July: 17.00 – 20.00

See the summer exhibitions at the Fitzwilliam Museum after hours. The Museum will be opening Discoveries: Art, Science and Exploration from the University of Cambridge Museums, its displays of World War 1 prints La Grande Guerre, the flower paintings gallery, and the recently restored gallery of Dutch paintings.

Entry for the late night opening is through the Courtyard Entrance. Admission is free. And the shop and cafe will be open late too.

Late night opening

Britten Sinfonia Academy

Sun 6 July: 12.30

See a performance from some of the most talented classical musicians of secondary school age from the East of England. This concert will pair dynamic and key pieces of repertoire with an exciting new commission by Philip Cashian, inpsired by paintings at the Fitzwilliam.

For more information, prices and details of how to book visit our website.

Britten Sinfonia Academy

Cambridge Summer Music Festival: Evening concert

Thu 24 July: 19.30

Enjoy a programme of music by English composers written around the time of the First World War, including Butterworth's A Shropshire Lad and songs by Vaughan Williams, Elgar, Ivor Gurney and Gerald Finzi. Performed by the acclaimed baritone, Roderick Williams, and Gary Matthewman (piano).

£18, includes a glass of wine. Tickets available from City Centre Box Office, Wheeler Street, Cambridge. Tel: 01223 357851 from 1 May.

Roderick Williams




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.

 Glass plaque

Fish and flowers: Roman mosaic glass plaques

Wed 9 July: 13:15 - 14:00

With Dr Lucilla Burn, Keeper of Antiquities

Art Speak

Tue 15 July: 13.15 – 13.45

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

Recreating ancient everyday life within the Museum

Wed 23 July: 13.15 - 14.00

With Dr Anastasia Christophilopoulou, Outreach Officer Greece and Rome




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

SKETCH: Furniture and interiors

Fri 11 July: 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.

MUSE: Painting miniatures, with inspiration from the Rothschild Gallery

Fri 25 July: 10.15 – 12.00

Discover new ways of working 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.






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

Paint brushes

ReSource: Sculpture and 3D in clay with Susie Olczak

Sat 12 July: 11.00 – 13.00

Ages 13-18

Join us in our art studio to develop your own ideas and projects based on this month’s theme.


Sat 19 July: 14.00 – 16.00

Ages 12-18

Join us to celebrate Arts Award at the University of Cambridge Museums! Use our collections as inspiration to make your own art with members of our Education Department, and guest artist Susie Olczak. Suitable for those interested or working towards an Arts Award. Ticket includes yummy cakes and music on the Museum lawn.




Family First Saturday: Big Weekend

Sat 5 July: 14.00 – 16.00

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

This month's Family First Saturday will be transported to Parker’s Piece. Join us there for activities, along with the Big Weekend and cycling race celebrations.
Free, no booking required.

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 Audley End concert

Audley End Concerts

Like heritage and music? Then you’ll probably enjoy one of the upcoming summer music concerts set in the stunning grounds of Audley End House, in Saffron Walden.
Saturday 26th July - Paul Weller
Saturday 2nd August - The Greatest 80’s Party…Ever
Sunday 3rd of August  - Last Night of the Audley End Proms
For further information and tickets, please visit the website.
And from 3 July follow the Fitzwilliam Museum’s Facebook page to find out how to win a free pair of tickets to The Greatest 80s Party…Ever.


Discovering Tutankhamun

Opens 24 July
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

The Ashmolean Museum's summer exhibition will tell the story of one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. Find out about the hunt for the tomb and the thrill of its discovery, and see Howard Carter’s original records, drawings and photographs. Find out more.

 New York Mannequin

Mitcham’s Models

1 – 31 July
Mitcham’s Corner, Cambridge

Throughout July look out for this striking display of mannequins. The display has been launched by the Friends of Mitcham’s Corner (FMC), and the mannequins have been decorated by a wide cross section of the community to remind passers-by of the people who live in the area. The display is a fitting precursor for the Fitzwilliam Museum’s autumn exhibition Silent Partners: Artist & Mannequin from Function to Fetish (14 Oct – 25 Jan).


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Header : Still from film Growing Pains: the Life and Times of Victoria Cruziana © Copyright Lizzy Hobbs

2. Bicycle © smaedli (Flickr Creative Commons)
Grils in gallery © Martin Bond
12. Paint brushes © ohdearbarb (Flickr Creative Commons)