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November 2014



Mannequin Parade leaflet

Following the opening of our major exhibition Silent Partners, mannequins have taken over Cambridge City Centre in a Mannequin Parade from Saturday 25 October - Sunday 9 November.
All the mannequins are dressed differently and you can track them down with our map. Find all the mannequins and jot down their names to be in with the chance of winning a digital camera from John Lewis.

For more information about the Mannequin Parade, and to watch a time lapse video of the John Lewis installation, visit our website




Silent Partners: Artist and Mannequin from Function to Fetish

Until 25 January 2015

With over 180 paintings and drawings, books, films, photographs, patent documents and objects, our new major loan exhibition Silent Partners will surprise and at times disturb. The mannequins include haunting wooden effigies, painted dolls of full human height and top of the range ‘stuffed Parisian’ lay figures.

This is the worlds’ first exhibition on the artist’s mannequin uncovering its evolution and widespread use. A number of the highlight objects have never been on display before and will never be seen quite like this ever again…

Independent on Sunday
A real crowd-puller

The Observer
A riveting show… superbly curated

For more information, and to download the exhibition and events leaflet, visit our website

 Wax bust

Fatal Consequences: The Chapman Brothers and Goya’s Disasters of War

Until 8 February 2015

The Chapman Brothers’ Disasters of War takes Goya’s print series of the same title and reinvents and extends the imagery and horrors with a cornucopia of ideas from later wars and modern culture. This exhibition shows different versions of the Chapman Bothers’ set, together with a selection from Goya’s original series.

Fatal Consequences poster

Caroline Watson and female printmaking in late Georgian England

Until 4 January 2015

Caroline Watson (1760/61 - 1814) was one of the most skilful engravers working in late 18th century England. She can be seen as the first British professional woman engraver. This exhibition shows a selection of her portrait and subject prints, together with those of other contemporary women printmakers.

Portrait of a woman

1914: War and Money

Until 25 January 2015

World War I consumed vast quantities of money as well as lives. This display of coins, medals, banknotes and government bonds provides an insight into the desperate measures that had to be used to maintain a supply of money, from the transition of gold coinage at the outbreak of war in 1914 to inflationary paper money by 1918 when the great European empires fell.

 Bank note



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

 Book sale

The Big Fitz Book Sale

Fri 31 October – Sat 1 November: 11.00 – 16.00

Museum Courtyard

Drop-in and browse thousands of second-hand books. Available on all subjects from 50p; with all funds raised going towards transport costs for schools, enabling more children to benefit from the Fitzwilliam’s offer. Last year we successfully raised £1,200 and this year we hope to raise even more.

 Luigi Palma di Cesnola

Severis Lecture - Luigi Palma di Cesnola: A broader view

Thu 6 November: Lecture starts 19.15

With Dr Joan Mertens, Curator in the Department of Greek and Roman Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. This year's Severis Lecture explores the colourful life and character of Luigi Palma di Cesnola (1832-1904), soldier, diplomat, excavator of ancient Cyprus and first Director of the Metropolitan Museum.
£5 (£3 concessions and Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum). Ticket includes a glass of wine or soft drink. Bookings can be taken by phone on 01223 357851 or online via the Corn Exchange website.


Screening of Metropolis, with live piano accompaniment

Mon 17 November: 18.00 – 21.00

Cambridge Arts Picturehouse

A special screening of the silent science fiction film Metropolis, with live piano accompaniment. Introduced by Trish Sheil (Cambridgeshire Film Consortium) the screening complements the Museum’s Silent Partners exhibition and will be preceded by a short film montage of work from exhibition writing workshops. This event forms part of Curating Cambridge.
Tickets available one week before screening. To book contact Cambridge Arts Picturehouse on 0871 902 5720 or visit www.


Silent Partners Exhibition Late

Fri 28 November: 17.00 – 20.00

Enjoy an after hours viewing of Silent Partners: Artist & Mannequin from Function to Fetish, as well as screenings of exhibition podcasts. The Museum’s shop and café will also be open late.



Unless otherwise stated, talks are free and admission is by token, 1 per person, available at the Courtyard Entrance desk from 12.45 on the day. For more information and locations visit our website.

1914: War and Money

Wednesday 5 November: 13.15

With Dr Martin Allen, Senior Assistant Keeper, Coins and Medals.

The life of a London lay figure: Charles Roberson, a case study

Wednesday 12 November: 13.15

With Sally Woodcock, Paintings Conservator and PhD candidate working on Roberson Archive.

Art Speak

Tue 18 November: 13.15 – 13.45

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

Goya and the tradition of anti-war art

Wednesday 19 November: 13.15

With Jeremy Mulvey, Formerly Director of Research, Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University.

Modern art and the mannequin, form to fetish

Wed 26 November: 13.15

Dr Alyce Mahon Senior University Lecturer in the History of Art (20th century).


 Dress maker's mannequin



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


MUSE: Pastel pathways, with a look at artworks depicting humans who have transformed into mythological and heavenly bodies

Fri 28 November: 10.15 – 12.00

Discover new ways of working at this artist led workshop inspired by Museum 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.

Resource: Portrait drawing, influenced by our collections

Sat 8 November: 11.00 – 13.00

13 - 18 yrs

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




To book contact: 01223 332904 | . Places confirmed on receipt of payment.  Children must be accompanied by an adult throughout the whole duration of any workshop.

 Adult and child

The Campsite: Curating Cambridge Family First Saturday

Sat 1 November: 12.00 – 16.00

Drop-in and join us for a day of drawing, exploration and performance investigating collecting and our relationship with objects. On this special Family First Saturday we are joined by the multi-talented comedian, presenter and songwriter Helen Arney who will be singing with her ukulele in the Museum throughout the day. Helen has been especially commissioned by the University of Cambridge Museums to create a new art work exploring the unique collections of the Fitzwilliam. Schedule for the day.

 Children making caly tiles

It’s Magic!

Wednesday 19 November: 10.00 – 11.30

2 – 5 yrs

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

Creative clay

Sat 22 November: 10.30 – 12.30

8 - 12 yrs

Explore patterns and marks in objects throughout the Museum collection, with artist Susie Olczak, and take inspiration to create your own clay tiles.
£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.

The Cambridge connection

2 November

Peter Bussereau (violin) and Timothy Carey (piano) perform a programme of music exploring composers and music connected with Cambridge, including Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending and the powerfully beautiful Second Violin Sonata of 1946 by Cambridge resident Howard Ferguson.

Music for remembrance with the Erasmus Chamber Choir

9 November

Join us on Remembrance Sunday for choral music conducted by Francis Knights, including works by Tallis, Byrd and Purcell, and a performance of Walford Davies' rarely heard Short Requiem (1915).

Recital of Italian harpsichord music

Friday 14 November

Hear Honorary Keeper of Music Gerald Gifford introduce and perform a selection of rare Italian keyboard music in the Fitzwilliam's collection, surrounded by magnificent Italian paintings from the 16th - 18th centuries in Gallery 7.

The Mulberry Piano Trio

16 November

Paul Seddon (violin), Vivian Williams (cello) and John Richens (piano) perform music by Brahms, Suk and Piazolla.

The Galliard Trio

23 November

Andrew Morris (flute), Martin White (oboe and cor anglais) and Alec Forshaw (bassoon and piano) perform pieces by Rossini, Ravel, Shostakovitch and Rachmaninov.

Instrumental award holders for chamber music

30 November

A variety of works played by the very best undergraduate chamber musicians.

Music manuscript



 Soldiers at war

The War Art of CRW Nevinson

Until 25 January 2015

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts,
University of Birmingham

Dramatic and disturbing images of war – in the trenches and on the home front – feature in this fascinating loan exhibition of paintings, drawings and prints by this major First World War artist. Free admission. Find out more.



Egon Schiele: The Radical Nude

Until 18 January 2015

The Courtauld Gallery, London

Egon Schiele produced some of the most radical depictions of the human figure created in modern times. This is the first major exhibition in over twenty years that explores Schieles’ extraordinary drawings and watercolours of male and female nudes. Find out more.


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All images © Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, unless otherwise stated
2. Wax bust by Pierre Imans, 1910s–20s © Fashion Museum, Bath and North East Somerset Council

5. First series Treasury issue pound note, 1914. Designed at Royal Mint from sketches by Frederick Atterbury. Reproduced with kind permission of the Bank of England
10. Herbert List (1903–1975), Sklavin 1 (Female Slave 1), 1936 © M. Scheler- Herbert List Estate, Hamburg/ Müncher Stadtmuseum, Munich
11. Pastels © Hichako (Flickr Creative Commons)
16. Image (detail)
© The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham
17. Egon Schiele (1890 – 1918), Standing Nude with Stockings, 1914, Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nürnberg, (photograph: M.Runge)