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August 2015



Join us for our summer family events for all ages or pick up a trail or activity pack any time from our entrance desks.

Family First Saturday

Sat 1 August: 14.00 - 16.00
Gallery 33

Explore sculpture in the ancient world with drawing materials, activities and trails.

Family art week

Tue 4 - Thu 6 August
Drop-in: 11.00 - 13.00 & 14.00 - 16.00

Front lawn, weather permitting

Experiment with a different art material each day. Take your artworks home or add them to our group installation!




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


Beauty and Balance

13 August 2015 to 30 April 2016

Kettle’s Yard house and gallery is currently closed for a major building project.

In the first of two displays, key arrangements from Kettle’s Yard’s house will be re-created in the Glaisher Gallery.

These groupings of art works and other objects reflect the founder of Kettle’s Yard, Jim Ede’s belief in the importance of creating balance in spaces to enhance the beauty of the works of art and objects that they contain.

Paintings and sculptures by Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Ben Nicholson, Alfred Wallis, Joan Miró and Christopher Wood will be on display.


WATERCOLOUR - Elements of nature

Until 27 September

"Ravishing & conceptually strong" Financial Times

"An unmissable feast" Apollo

Rarely exhibited, the Fitzwilliam's collection of watercolours is one of the finest in the world. Highlights include superb landscapes by John Constable, Peter de Wint, John Sell Cotman, Samuel Palmer, J. M. Whistler, John Singer Sargent, Paul Cézanne, Camille Pissarro and Paul Nash.
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Ruskin’s Turners

Until 4 October

In 1861, John Ruskin, J.M.W. Turner’s most fervent champion, generously gifted 25 Turner watercolours to the Fitzwilliam. This exhibition offers a unique opportunity to view them.

See works made for engraving, book illustration and vignettes, as well as landscapes.
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Frontispiece to The Book of Ahania by William Blake

Designed to Impress: Highlights from the print collection

Until 27 September

See works by some of the greatest Old Master printmakers, including Rembrandt and Dürer, hanging alongside prints by later artists such as Canaletto, Blake and Munch.
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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.
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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 lavish and precious boxes were the choice present of royalty in eighteenth-century Europe.
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A Young Man’s Progress

Until 6 September

These five modern photographic recreations are based upon images commissioned between 1520 and 1560 by Matthäus Schwarz, one of the most committed fashion innovators of his time.
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Book now for next month:

Writing Lives and Treasured Possessions

Thu 3 September: 18.30 - 20.00

Join Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, award winning writer Ali Smith and novelist, broadcaster and critic Sarah Dunant, for a gala reading of works in response to the Fitzwilliam’s Treasured Possessions exhibition.

£10 (£8 concessions and Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum). Price includes a glass of wine or soft drink. To book contact: 01223 332904,



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.

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,




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 Proms from the Cambridge Summer Music Festival

Sun 1 August

Jacquin Trio

The Jacquin Trio, Jessie Grimes (clarinet),
Kay Stephen (viola) and Charis Hanning (piano) present an imaginative programme entitled ‘Benny Goodman in Budapest’ including works by Bartók, Bruch and Françaix. Winners of the St Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Music Competition 2012 and finalists of the Royal Over-Seas League Competition.




Take inspiration from our watercolour exhibitions and paint a Cambridgeshire watercolour.

Take a picture of it and share it on Twitter with @FitzMuseum_UK and #PaintCambridge. Or email it to:

We will be sharing entries online to our 15K twitter followers, with one lucky winner getting a 45 x 60cm framed print of their choice from

Competition closes midnight 24 August.
Open to all ages, one entry per person.



Britten Sinfonia 2015-16 season

Britten Sinfonia is pleased to announce its 2015-16 season including evening and lunchtime concerts featuring world-class soloists performing some of the greatest classical music.

The new season embraces a fusion of the baroque, classical and modernist masters with a stellar line up of musical collaborators including Ian Bostridge, Iestyn Davies, Carolyn Sampson, Benjamin Grosvenor and Jeremy Denk.

Concerts take place at West Road Concert Hall.


Great Days Out around Cambridge

Have some great days out in and around Cambridge with the group of 14 of the lead attractions in the region.

Ely Cathedral & Stained Glass Museum
Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve
Discover Newmarket
Anglesey Abbey
Cambridge American Cemetery
Cambridge Science Centre
The Fitzwilliam Museum
Cambridge University Botanic Garden
Wimpole Estate
Shepreth Wildlife Park
IWM Duxford
Aduley End House and Gardens
Wrest Park



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All images © Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, unless otherwise stated

2. © Martin Bond
3. © Kettles Yard
8. 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
9. Maisie Broadhead, Bella Newell, The Morning After (detail) © Maisie Broadhead
12. Jacquin Trio. Photo Beniamino Barrese
13. © Britten Sinfonia