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December 2014



This December don’t miss the Fitzwilliam’s annual Christmas Concert and craft events.

All through the month there will be seasonal treats in the café including mince pies, stollen and mulled wine.  Our Courtyard shop also has an exclusive range of beautiful art inspired gifts for shopping away from the crowds, including stunning Christmas cards, books and jewellery.


Christmas Concert

Thu 11 December: 19.30
Gallery 3

Get the festive season off to a very special start amidst the Fitzwilliam’s fabulous collections with the Granta Chorale chamber choir.
Tickets: £17.50 (£14.50 concessions and Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum), click here for booking details.

Christmas card workshop

Fri 12 December: 10.30 - 12.30

Design and make your own Christmas cards with inspiration from the Museum collection.
£10, click here for booking details.

Christmas opening times 2014:

24, 25 & 26 Dec: CLOSED
27 Dec: Open 10.00 – 17.00
28 Dec: Open 12.00 – 17.00
29 Dec: CLOSED
30 Dec: Open 10.00 – 17.00
31 Dec and 1 Jan 2012: CLOSED
2 Jan 2012: Open 10.00 – 17.00




Silent Partners: Artist and Mannequin from Function to Fetish

Until 25 January 2015

Telegraph - First rate ****
Independent on Sunday - A real crowd-puller
The Observer - A riveting show

17.00 - 20.00

See over 180 paintings and drawings, books, films, photographs, patent documents, objects and mannequins in our major loan exhibition Silent Partners.

This is the world's 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…

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


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 Brothers’ 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.

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.

Perfected mannequin: Perfected body?

Thu 4 December: 18.00 - 20.00

A roundtable discussion chaired by Steven Connor, Professor of English, exploring notions of perfection of the artificial figure - and the human body - from a number of different perspectives.

This is one of the central themes in the Fitzwilliam’s Silent Partners exhibition and will be discussed by literary scholars, curators, designers and fashion historians.

£6, drink included. Booking essential.




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.

Contemporary lacquer from Asia

Wed 3 December: 13.15

With Jin Hui, visiting professor from Shanghai University.

The fashion mannequin: ‘Artistic creation’?

Wed 10 December: 13.15

Anna Marie Kirk, Research Assistant, Paintings, Drawings and Prints.

Art Speak

Tue 16 December: 13.15 – 13.45

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




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

Resource: Intaglio prints inspired by our Greek and Roman gallery

Sat 13 December: 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.


Family First Saturday

Sat 6 December: 14.00 – 16.00

On the first Saturday of each month visit our Fitz Family Welcome Point in the Courtyard and collect drawing materials, activities and trails to use throughout the Museum, this month exploring puppets and mannequins.




Jake & Dinos Chapman
In The Realm Of The Unmentionable

Until 7 January 2015

Jerwood Gallery, East Sussex

A major exhibition of new work by Jake and Dinos Chapman, whose provocative and confrontational art continues to shock and awe. The brothers' darkly comic take on consumer culture brings us face to face with issues of Western identity and with human mortality. For more information visit the Jerwood Gallery website.


Drawn by Light: The Royal Photographic Society Collection

Until 1 March 2015

Media Space at the Science Museum, London

From serene landscapes to exquisite nudes this major exhibition brings together over 200 extraordinary highlights from the collection of the world’s oldest surviving photographic society, by some of the greatest names in photography. Book now.




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All images © Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, unless otherwise stated
5. John Everett Millais (1829–1896), The Black Brunswicker (detail), 1860, Lady Lever Art Gallery, Liverpool, Courtesy National Museums Liverpool

8. 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. Jean-Eugène-Auguste Atget (1857–1927), Coiffeur, Palais Royal (detail), 1926–7 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London 
12. Finger puppets © libraryman (Flickr Creative Commons)
13. Work from In The Realm Of The Unmentionable
© Jake and Dinos Chapman
14. Christina (detail), 1913, Lieutenant Colonel Mervyn O'Gorman, The Royal Photographic Society Collection, National Media Museum, Bradford © Lieutenant Colonel Mervyn O’Gorman