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June 2015



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

WATERCOLOUR - Elements of nature

16 June to 27 September

The collection of watercolours in the Fitzwilliam Museum is one of the finest in the world.

The works on show highlight the extraordinary versatility of the medium, used from the Middle Ages onwards to paint delicate likenesses, accurately record botanical detail and to capture fleeting moments of nature.

Rarely exhibited, these superb works include miniatures by Nicholas Hilliard and Isaac Oliver, flower drawings by Pierre-Joseph Redouté, as well as a series of superb landscape watercolours by John Constable, Peter de Wint, John Sell Cotman, Samuel Palmer, J. M. Whistler, John Singer Sargent, Paul Cézanne, Camille Pissarro and Paul Nash.



Ruskin’s Turners

16 June to 4 October

In 1861, John Ruskin, J.M.W. Turner’s most fervent champion and critic, generously gifted 25 Turner watercolours to the Fitzwilliam. This showing includes works made for engraving, book illustration and vignettes, as well as landscapes.

The restrictions which Ruskin imposed on the terms of his gift mean that these drawings may not be lent outside the Museum. This exhibition offers a unique opportunity to view them.

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.


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


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.




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.

François Boucher on enamelled snuffboxes: The art of adapting Rococo engravings

Wed 10 June: 13.15 - 14.00

Mélodie Doumy, Assistant Curator of The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection, V&A

Art Speak

Tue 16 June: 13.15 - 13.45

Enjoy half an hour looking at and talking about art.

Hogarth’s Before and After: How paintings tell a story

Wed 17 June: 13.15 - 14.00

Liz Rideal, artist and author of
How to Read Paintings

A curator’s introduction to Watercolour

Wed 24 June: 13.15 - 14.00

Jane Munro, Keeper of Paintings, Drawings and Prints


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.

Punch, posset and chocolate in Enlightenment Europe

Sat 6 June: 14.00 - 15.30

Learn how posset, chocolate and punch were made and served with Food Historian Ivan Day and see demonstrations of original equipment.
£8 / £5 concessions and Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Restricted palette watercolour technique

Fri 12 June: 10.30 - 16.00

Learn how to use a five colour palette in the manner of Golden Age British watercolourists such as J.M.W. Turner and Samuel Palmer. With Royal Watercolour Society competition winner, John Wiltshire.
£25 / £20 concessions and Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


Fri 26 June: 10.15 - 12.00

An introduction to painting techniques inspired by Watercolour: Elements of nature.

To Have and to Hold: Writing workshop

Sat 27 June & Sat 4 July: 13.30 - 15.30

Enjoy a special tour of Treasured Possessions and use the exhibits as a springboard for writing creative poetry and prose.
£16 / £12 concessions and Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Study day: Eighteenth-century gold boxes, Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection

Fri 26 June: 10.30 - 16.30

Discover the secrets of the incredible Gilbert Collection of snuffboxes from the Victoria & Albert Museum, currently on show at the Fitzwilliam.

Topics will range from fashion and jewels, to automata, goldsmiths, micro-mosaics and miniature engravings.




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

ReSource: Print making and collage, inspired by examples from MOONSTRIPS

Sat 13 June: 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 - Meet Fitz and Will

Sat 6 June: 14.00 - 16.00

The Fitzwilliam is the home of Fitz and Will from The Cambridge Cats children's books. Join us for a game of Cat Consequences and create your own fanciful feline! Meet Fitz and Will at 14.30 and 15.30 for storytelling and book signings.

Lavish people

Sat 27 June: 10.30 - 12.30

8 - 12 yrs

Join artist Esther Cooper-Wood to explore Treasured Possessions, then use mixed media to create your own portrait based on objects found within the exhibition.
£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.

Music for harp

Sun 7 June

Alison Martin (harp) performs Solo violin partita arranged for harp by Bach, First arabesque and Claire de lune by Debussy, and Fantasy on a theme from Eugene Onegin by Walter Kune.




Castle Hill Open Day 2015

Sat 20 June: 12.00 - 17.00 | FREE

Come and explore one of the oldest areas of Cambridge as venues on Castle Hill open their doors for free for the day with drop-in events for all ages. There will be tours, talks, activities, music and more with historians, artists, archaeologists and local experts.

Highlights include tours of the former Nuclear Bunker, CAMRA’s historic pub trail, creative family activities and pop up dance performances. This date also marks the last weekend that Kettle’s Yard will be open before closing for a major redevelopment - see their Henri Gaudier-Brzeska exhibition New Rythms before it closes.

Refreshments will be available throughout the day including Steak and Honour, Beanissimo and the Vintage Cafe at the Museum of Cambridge.


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All images © Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, unless otherwise stated

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

5. Maisie Broadhead, Bella Newell, The Morning After (detail) © Maisie Broadhead

7. 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

11. Watercolours © Tony Hisgett (Flickr Creative Commons)

12. Basket-shaped snuffbox, Russia, probably St Petersburg, c. 1775, enamels attributed to Charles-Jacques de Mailly, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

13. Eduardo Paolozzi (1924-2005), Donald Duck meets Mondrian from Moonstrips Empire News Volume 1, 1967, screenprint © The Trustees of The Paolozzi Foundation

14. Fitz and Will image © Jia Han

15. Harp Twins © Bob Haarman's (Flickr Creative Commons)

16. © Kettle's Yard