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May 2015



The Fitzwilliam is 1 of 5 institutions taking part in this year’s Connect! competition to win contemporary artist Alinah Azadeh to conduct a Museums at Night event on Friday 30 October. If we win, we will work with community groups, staff and online audiences to capture stories/artwork of their responses to works in our collections. These Hidden Histories will be shared, and more captured, in an intervention to be devised by Alinah at the Museum later this year. Voting opens at 11am on Friday 1 May until Saturday 16 May. We need your support to make our proposal a reality, so please CLICK TO VOTE.

Alinah Azadeh 



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

Cylinder watch and chatelaine

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.


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


David Kindersley - Alphabetician
The Hidden Face of Lettering

Until 4 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.



 Imagination Museum

Museums at Night

Fri 15 May: 16.00 – 21.00

Come and explore the world class collections of the Fitzwilliam Museum and its exhibitions after hours in the first of this year’s Museums at Night events. The Courtyard Café and Shop will be open late, with refreshments and cakes available from the Café until 20.30. Also enjoy exhibition talks (18.00 & 18.30), music (19.30), and performances by the Imagination Museum who will bring to life artefacts through words and movement (16.00, 17.00, 19.00 & 20.00). For more information, please visit the Museums at Night webpage.

 People looking at porcelain

Robert Ward-Booth memorial lecture
The contagion of China-fancy: Pots and their potty collectors

Thu 21 May: Doors open 18.00

Lars Tharp, BBC Antiques Roadshow Asian art specialist, gives a talk on the obsession with collecting Chinaware. Before the talk (19.00) there will be an opportunity to view the Treasured Possessions exhibition after hours.
£6 / £5 concessions and Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum. Ticket includes a glass of wine or soft drink. Booking essential through City Centre Box Office. Tel: 01223 357851



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.

The Georgians in coins and medals

Wed 6 May: 13.15 – 14.00

Martin Allen, Senior Assistant Keeper, Coins and Medals

Re-constructing Renaissance fashion

Wed 13 May: 13.15 - 14.00

Professor Ulinka Rublack, Professor of Early European History

Art Speak

Tue 19 May: 13.15 – 13.45

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

From mortars to teaspoons: What changes and what stays the same with objects for cooking and eating?

Wed 20 May: 13.15 – 14.00

Bee Wilson, Food writer and historian

Snuff-taking, fashion and accessories

Wed 27 May: 13.15 - 14.00

Dr Tessa Murdoch, Deputy Keeper of Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics and Glass incl. The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection, V&A


 Georgian coins


Tours 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,




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

Eduardo Paolozzi collage


Fri 22 May: 10.15 – 12.00

Try your hand at print making and collage, inspired by the Museum’s exhibition MOONSTRIPS. Please note: places are limited to 15.



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

ReSource: Improve your drawing skills and experiment with graphite techniques

Sat 9 May: 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.

Personal belongings from Renaissance to Enlightenment c.1450-1800

Sat 9 May

KS2 (Ages 7 - 11): 11.00 – 12.30
KS3 (Ages 11 - 14): 13.30 – 15.00

Cambridge University’s History Department will be hosting two sessions at the Fitzwilliam Museum, looking at the Treasured Possessions exhibition and thinking about the significance of personal belongings. Aimed at school pupils interested in history, more information can be found on the Faculty of History web pages.


Work experience taster day

Thu 28 May: 10.00 – 16.30

The University of Cambridge Museums has organised a one day event to give secondary students an understanding of the variety of jobs available through Museums. With visits to two museums and talks from several professionals, the event is free and lunch is provided. For more information, and to sign up please provide your name and the school you attend to

Print room



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.

 Mother and daughter

Family First Saturday

Sat 2 May: 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 boxes in the Treasured Possessions exhibition.

It’s Magic!

Wed 6 May: 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

Baby Magic

Tue 12 May: 10.00 – 11.00

0 – 2 yrs

This gently structured session allows babies to discover aspects of our collection through sensory exploration of colour, shape, texture, sound and movement. We will enjoy the galleries together and then get creative in the studio.
£3 per child

 Drawing in the museum

Mapping the Museum

Sat 23 May: 10.30 – 12.30

5 – 7 yrs

Walk through the galleries and travel through time and space linking artefacts to locations throughout the world. Then work with artist Caroline Wendling to create your very own map of the Museum using drawing and collage. 
£8 per child

Drawing Together Eduardo Paolozzi: Drawing and collage

Wed 27 May: 12.00 – 16.00

Drop-in and draw at the Museum with activities and inspiration available from the Fitz Family Welcome Point (Gallery 33).



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.

Cambridge University Instrumental award holders for chamber music

Sun 3 May

A variety of works played by the very best undergraduate chamber musicians. Programme to include the Schumann Piano Quintet played by the Aether Quintet.

Classical songs

Sun 10 May

Jessica Lawrence-Hares (soprano) accompanied by Sanae Nakajima (piano), perform pieces by Schumann, Tchaikovsky and Rorem.

Music for guitar and cello

Sun 17 May

Fabio Barbagallo (guitar) and Stefania Cannata (cello) perform pieces by Rossi, Mascagni, Burgmuller, Villa-Lobos and Granados.

 Musical perfomance

Music for piano

Sun 24 May

Patrick Hemmerlé (piano) performs Berceuse Heroique by Debussy, Sonata (1905) by Janacek and Sonata No. 6 by Prokofiev.

Music for clarinet and piano

Sun 31 May

Kelvin Giles (clarinet) and Lana Bode (piano) perform Premiere Rhapsody by Claude Debussy, Fantasia on La Traviata by Donato Lovreglio, Sonata by Arnold Bax, and Conversations (3rd Movement) by Paul Patterson.

 Musical performance




Goya: The Witches and Old Women Album

Until 25 May 2015

The Courtauld Gallery, London

This major exhibition reunites all the surviving drawings from Francisco Goya’s extraordinary Witches and Old Women Album. It offers a fascinating and enlightening view of a very private and personal Goya. Find out more.




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All images © Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, unless otherwise stated

2. © Cristina Pedreira, courtesy Urban Dialogues
4. 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
. 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
9. David Kindersley carving a stone wall whilst apprenticed to Mr Eric Gill, 1934-36
© Chris Nash
11. © Martin Bond
13. © Martin Bond
14. © Eduardo Paolozzi (1924-2005), Cover for a Journal from Moonstrips Empire News Volume 1, 1967, screenprint © The Trustees of The Paolozzi Foundation
15. © Pat Joyce (Flickr Creative Commons)
16-20. © Martin Bond
21. © The Courtauld Gallery, London