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November 2015




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

Four cats by Ronald Searle

Ronald Searle: ‘Obsessed with drawing’

Until 31 January 2016

Ronald Searle (1920-2011) is among Britain's most popular and celebrated graphic satirists.

Born in Cambridge, Searle is best known as the inventor of the fictional girls’ school St. Trinian’s (1948) and for his collaborations on Geoffrey Willans’ Molesworth series (1953- 58). However, as this exhibition shows, he had a long and productive career across a range of different genres. Searle worked as a war artist, but also made drawings for book and magazine illustration, travel reportage, theatre, film, medals and political caricature.

This exhibition is drawn from a recent gift of the artist’s work, generously presented to the Museum by his children in 2014.
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Cradled in Caricature: Visual humour in satirical prints and drawings

Until 31 January 2016

This exhibition looks at the methods used by British artists from James Gillray to Glen Baxter to amuse and entertain, ranging from the simple exaggeration of facial features and burlesque comedy, to more complicated word-play and ironic literary allusions. 

Works in the show are drawn from the Fitzwilliam’s collection with key loans from Andrew Edmunds and Benjamin Lemer.
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Hercules print

Following Hercules: The story of classical art

Until 6 December 2015

See how sculptures made in the Mediterranean millennia ago came to define western art. Hercules inhabits each of the forty objects on display, from miniatures and Renaissance prints, drawings and paintings, to Wedgwood cameos and a giant polystyrene statue by contemporary artist Matthew Darbyshire.
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Rothschild bronze


Rothschild bronzes

Until 15 November 2015

See two magnificent metre-high bronze male nudes astride two ferocious panthers, attributed to Michelangelo.
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Mademoiselle Claus by Manet

Power and Resistance in pre- and early Roman Italy

Until 29 November 2015

A display exploring how Greek colonies changed the life and languages of the native peoples of ancient Italy.
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Take Two: Portrait of Mademoiselle Claus and Perspective II, Manet’s Balcony

Until 13 December 2015

Enjoy two special loans on display in the Impressionist Gallery - Manet’s Portrait of Mademoiselle Claus from the Ashmolean Museum and Magritte's Perspective II: Manet's Balcony from the Museum of Fine Arts.
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1939-1945: World at War

Until 31 January 2016

Banknotes and coins reveal little known aspects of World War II. See different types of currency and learn about rampant inflation as the nations at war struggled to pay for the conflict.
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Beauty and Balance:
Kettle’s Yard at the Fitzwilliam Museum

Until 30 April 2016

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

Wed 18 November: 18.00 - 20.00

Join Caroline Vout, Reader in Classics, and Tim Knox, Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum, in discussion about collecting the antique, and the importance of antiquities and classical style in interiors.
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 Double-headed Herm



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.

 People in gallery

Hercules and the aesthetics of exhaustion

Wed 4 November: 13.15 – 14.00

Dr Nigel Spivey, Senior Lecturer in Classics
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1945: Paying for WWII

Wed 11 November: 13.15 – 14.00

Dr Adrian Popescu, Keeper of Coins and Medals
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Art Speak

Tue 17 November: 13.15 - 13.45

Enjoy half an hour looking at and talking about art. No token necessary.
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The literariness of caricature

Wed 18 November: 13.15 – 14.00

Dr David Francis Taylor, Associate Professor, Dept. of English & Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick
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Constellations: Rene Magritte and astronomy

Wed 25 November: 13.15 – 14.00

Dr Patricia Allmer, Chancellor's Fellow, Edinburgh College of Art
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Tour of the Museum

Saturdays: 14.30 - 15.30

A one-hour tour of the collections with a Blue Badge Guide. Tickets may be bought from the Guide or in advance via Cambridge Tourist Information Centre tel: 01223 457574 or email:
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 People in gallery

Audio descriptive tour for blind and partially sighted adults

Tue 24 Nov: 15.00 – 15.45

Join trained Museum staff for an audio descriptive tour on Kettle's Yard modern art, natural objects and furniture.
Free. Booking essential, tel: 01223 332904 or email:
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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.


The Erasmus Choir

Sun 8 November

Cambridge Renaissance Ensemble conducted by Francis Knights.
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Piano duet

Sun 15 November

Giulio Potenza and Oda Voltersvik perform pieces by Mozart, Philip Martin, Schumann and Grieg.
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Jacques Duphly (1715 -1789):
A tercentenary tribute

Fri 20 November

Harpsichord recital, to be performed by Dr Gerald Gifford FRCM, Honorary Keeper of Music.
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The Galliard Ensemble

Sun 22 November

Performances of woodwind and piano pieces by Debussy, Goossens and Françaix.
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Cambridge University Instrumental Award Holders for Chamber Music

Sun 29 November

A variety of works played by the very best undergraduate chamber musicians.
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ReSource: Clay installation with Caroline Wendling

Sat 14 November: 11.00 – 13.00

13 - 18 yrs

Join us in our art studio to develop your own ideas and projects inspired by ancient to modern repetition in art, and create a group installation.

£5. Booking Essential. To register your interest please tel: 01223 332904 or email: Places will be confirmed on receipt of payment.
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Clay tiles



Children picking up activities and trails

Family First Saturday

Sat 7 November: 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 Kettle’s Yard display at the Fitz.
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Sculpture and installation

Sat 28 November: 10.30 – 12.30

Ages 5 - 7 yrs

Create a sculptural artwork based on your exploration of objects in the Fitzwilliam’s collection with artist Jason Ions.
£8 per child. To book call 01223 332904 or email:
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Whale-Up For It

Fri 13 November: 19.00

Museum of Zoology, The David Attenborough Building

Enjoy an evening of whale-related comedy, facts and tales in support of Zoology's famous Finback skeleton, and be one of the first to see inside The David Attenborough Building. More details and tickets.

 Zoology event performer

Cambridge Literary Festival

Sat 28 & Sun 29 November

Highlights include a Christmas show from Carol Ann Duffy; Simon Schama viewing Britain through its portraits; former Liberal Democrat MP Vince Cable; Prize-winning author Ali Smith; broadcasters Jonathan Dimbleby and Andrew Marr; comedian Jenny Éclair; and the wonderful Alexandra Harris talking to Robert Macfarlane.
Book online or call: 01223 300085

 Cambridge Literary Festival performer

Snow White and Rose Red

8 – 31 December

Cambridge Junction

Based on the original fairy tale by The Brothers Grimm, acclaimed theatre company RashDash present a musical quest for justice, love, and friendship. A great family Christmas show! More details and tickets.

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All images © Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, unless otherwise stated

1. Ronald Searle (1920-2011), Four cats © The estate of Ronald Searle
7. Édouard Manet Portrait of Mademoiselle Claus
© The Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford
8. View of Kettle’s Yard house. Photo: Paul Alitt
10, 11 & 16. © Martin Bond
© Giulio Potenza & Oda Voltersvik
© The Galliard Ensemble
17. Robin Ince. Image courtesy of Museum of Zoology
18. © Cambridge Literary Festival
19. © Cambridge Junction