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April 2015



Free admission. Open: Tue to Sat 10.00 - 17.00, Sun & Bank Holiday Mondays 12.00 - 17.00. Closed: Mondays & Good Friday.

Treasured Possessions from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment

Until 6 September

A dazzling journey through the decorative arts: from the hand-crafted luxuries of the Renaissance to the first stirrings of mass commerce.

Each of the 300 beautiful and engaging objects on display was once a treasured possession, revealing the personal tastes and aspirations of its owner, and preserving precious memories.


Close-up and Personal:
Eighteenth-century gold boxes from the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection

Until 6 September

Fashionable among both men and women, these exquisite and elegant containers were one of the most popular accessories in eighteenth-century Europe. The most lavish and precious boxes were the choice present of royalty.


A Young Man’s Progress

Until 6 September

These five modern photographic recreations - printed to large scale – are based upon images commissioned between 1520 and 1560 by Matthäus Schwarz, one of the most committed fashion innovators of his time.

MOONSTRIPS: Eduardo Paolozzi and the printed collage 1965-72

Until 7 June

Eduardo Paolozzi’s printed collages of found images and words cut from popular magazines and scientific journals are often seen as highlights of Pop Art. This exhibition features his print sets of the 1960s and 70s Moonstrips Empire News (1967), General Dynamic F.U.N.  (1970), Cloud Atomic Laboratory (1971) and Bunk! (1972).

Modern Heroism: Printmaking and the legacy of Napoleon Bonaparte

Until 28 June

An exhibition to mark the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s defeat at the Battle of Waterloo. Napoleon spread liberal reform across Europe and to his supporters his legacy was that of a modern hero.


Rothschild bronzes

Until 9 August

Academics have gathered compelling evidence that argues these masterpieces are early works by Michelangelo. If the attribution is correct, they are currently the only surviving Michelangelo bronzes in the world by his hand. Cast your vote on the bronzes in the gallery. Find out more


NEW: David Kindersley - Alphabetician
The Hidden Face of Lettering

21 April to 14 June

David Kindersley was a letter carver and typeface designer of great originality and skill, whose work includes street sign lettering across the length and breadth of Britain.

Marking his centenary, the display at the Fitzwilliam is the starting point for a walking tour culminating at Kettle’s Yard. Pick up a free guide at the Museum.



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. Induction loop available. For more information and locations visit our website.

Art Speak

Tue 21 April | 13.15 - 13.45

A half an hour session looking at and talking about art.

An introduction to the exhibition Treasured Possessions

Wed 22 April | 13.15 - 14.00

Dr Melissa Calaresu, Fellow of Gonville and Caius College and a cultural historian of early modern Italy.

The electric garden of our minds: Paolozzi's space-age cut-outs

Wed 29 April | 13.15 - 14.00

Craig Hartley, Senior Assistant Keeper (Prints).




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



Fri 24 April | 10.15 – 12.00

Gold foil embossed boxes inspired by eighteenth-century examples from the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection.
Please note: places are limited to 15 and booking opens on the 1 April.



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

ReSource: Golden boxes inspired by eighteenth-century examples from the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection

Sat 11 April | 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: Experimental drawing

Sat 4 April | 14.00 - 16.00

Drop-in to our Fitz Family Welcome Point in Gallery 33 and collect drawing materials, activities and trails to use throughout the Museum, this month exploring beautiful objects.

Objects of beauty

Sat 18 April | 10.30 - 12.30

Journey around the Treasured Possessions exhibition and discover the riches on display before returning to the studio to create your own 3-dimensional object of beauty, with artist Ruth Blundell.
£8 per child



Enjoy a free 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.

Poetry and music

Wed 1 April

Renowned Irish poet Micheal O’Siadhail joins award winning young pianist Cordelia Williams for a sequence of freshly written poetry and music. Part of Easter at King’s, a popular festival of concerts and services from King’s College, Cambridge.

Music for piano and violin

Sun 26 April

Harry Novakowski-Fox (piano) and Judith Choi-Castro (violin) perform Beethoven's Violin Sonata No. 1 in D major, Op. 12, No. 1, and Brahms Violin Sonata in A major, Op. 100.




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

People in Armoury

Saturday Tour of the Museum

Saturdays | 14.30 - 15.30

A one-hour tour of the collections. Tickets may be bought from the Guide or in advance via Cambridge Tourist Information Centre.

Tel: 01223 457574,
£6 per person

An introduction to the Fitzwilliam and its collections for blind and partially sighted visitors

Tue 14 April 2015 | 14.30 – 15.30
Wed 22 April 2015 | 14.30 – 15.30

Visitors will be introduced to a range of objects and explore ideas, techniques and art-historical context through direct handling and conversation.
FREE but booking essential




Joshua Reynolds: Experiments in Paint

12 March to 7 June 2015

The Wallace Collection, London

A fresh perspective on a towering figure of British painting.

Joshua Reynolds is widely regarded as one of the greatest portraitists of the eighteenth-century. Celebrated for capturing the leading figures and glitterati of his day, he also helped establish a distinctive British school of painting.  

Creative Arts Competition in aid of Mind

Arranged by Laura Tan

Create a motivating poem, write a song or draw a picture inspired by the theme of ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’. The competition is open to anybody, of any age.

Entries are limited to one per person and there is a suggested entry fee of £2.

Competition closes 31st May 2015. For more details visit the fundraising page.

Entries and questions can be sent to:



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All images © Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, unless otherwise stated

3. Chrysoprase snuffbox (detail), Berlin, Germany, c. 1765, associated with Frederick II of Prussia (1712–1786), The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Maisie Broadhead, Bella Newell, The Morning After (detail) © Maisie Broadhead
5. Three screenprints by Eduardo Paolozzi (1924-2005) from Moonstrips Empire News Volume 1, 1967: Secrets of the Internal Combustion Engine, The Silken world of Michelangelo & Cover for a Journal © The Trustees of The Paolozzi Foundation
8. David Kindersley carving a stone wall whilst apprenticed to Mr Eric Gill, 1934-36
10. Snuffbox with Diana reclining, Germany, probably Augsburg, c.1750, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
11. Snuffbox and scent bottle in the form of a hunter and dog, England, probably London, c. 1760, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
© Martin Bond
© Martin Bond
15. Joshua Reynolds, Mrs Mary Robinson, 1783 – 1784 © The Wallace Collection