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February 2016



Fitzwilliam Bicentenary

The 4th of February marks the official start of our bicentenary year and 200 years since the bequest of Richard Viscount Fitzwilliam of Merrion in 1816.

Don't miss our bicentenary exhibition opening this month Celebrating the First 200 years and our first major exhibition of the year Death on the Nile: Uncovering the afterlife of ancient Egypt (23 February – 22 May).

There will be special objects on show and loans throughout the Museum all through the year - keep exploring the galleries to see our changing displays.




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


Death on the Nile: Uncovering the afterlife of ancient Egypt

23 February to 22 May 2016
Galleries 12 & 13

The first major exhibition for the Fitzwilliam’s 2016 bicentenary celebrations.

Go beyond the images of mummies, pharaohs and mystery often associated with ancient Egypt, and see how coffin design developed over 4,000 years.

Discover how these remarkable objects were constructed and what this information can reveal about the craftsmen who made coffins and the clients who bought them.

A ‘live’ conservation area in the exhibition will provide visitors with a unique insight into the science used to examine the objects on display.
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Celebrating the First 200 Years: The Fitzwilliam Museum 1816 - 2016

4 February to 30 December 2016
Gallery 10

Running throughout 2016, this exhibition will explore the Fitzwilliam’s past, present and future.

A timeline of the first 200 years will introduce key themes and characters, while displays of objects will show how the collections have developed over two centuries.

The exhibition runs alongside a new book The Fitzwilliam Museum: A History. For the very first time, this will tell the full 200 year story of the Museum.
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Crawling with Life: Flower drawings from the Henry Rogers Broughton Bequest

2 February to 8 May 2016
Gallery 14

Spiders, snails, beetles, butterflies, moths, frogs and lizards are just some of the living creatures painted amongst the flowers in the Museum’s botanical paintings and drawings.

See superb watercolours by the intrepid 17th century German naturalist and illustrator, Maria Sibylla Merian and her tutor Jacob Marrel, as well as works by the Dutch artist Jan van Huysum and members of the Dietzsch family.


Encounters: Money in the age of discovery

2 February to 29 May 2016
Flower Paintings Gallery (17)

Between the 15th and 18th centuries the riches of new worlds in the Americas, Africa and the Indian Ocean saw Spanish, Portuguese, British and French explorers and adventurers venture to new continents in search of new lands and wealth. The objects in this display illustrate the fundamental changes that occurred in this period of European expansion, which paved the way for the modern global economy.
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1816: Prints by Turner, Goya and Cornelius

9 February to 31 July 2016
Gallery 16

A look across Europe at three series of prints by major artists published in 1816, the year of the founding of the Fitzwilliam.

The period was known as ‘The year without a summer’ due to the after-effects of the 1815 volcano eruption in Indonesia. Global cooling, volcanic ash, darkness, crop failures, food riots and spectacular sunsets influenced artists and writers of the time.
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Beauty and Balance:
Kettle’s Yard at the Fitzwilliam Museum

Until 03 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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e-Luminate Cambridge Festival

12 - 17 February

The Cambridge festival of light returns for a fourth year with the theme of ‘Connecting Lights’. The installation at the Fitzwilliam will be designed by artist Gabby Shawcross working with lumenpulse. The interactive display can be viewed from the pavement from 17.30 after the Museum shuts, and will be accessible after hours on 17 February for Twilight at the Museums.
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Twilight at the Museums

17 February: 16.30 - 20.30

The Fitzwilliam Museum will be teaming up with Kettle’s Yard for this year’s Twilight at the Museums.

Families are invited to experience the Museum at night - enjoy workshops and storytelling throughout the evening, and look out for the e-Luminate installation on the Museum façade.
Free - Drop-in
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Unless otherwise stated, talks are free, take place in the seminar room (35) and admission is by token, 1 per person, available at the Courtyard Entrance desk from 12.45 on the day. Induction loop available.

Celebrating the First 200 Years: The Fitzwilliam Museum 1816 - 2016

Wed 3 February: 13.15 – 14.00

Dr Lucilla Burn, Keeper of Antiquities
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Introduction to Crawling with Life flower drawings exhibition

Wed 10 February: 13.15 – 14.00

Henrietta Ward, Assistant Keeper, Department of Paintings, Drawings and Prints
Gallery 14
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Looking for LGBT history at the Fitzwilliam Museum

Wed 17 February: 13.15 – 14.00

Dr Kate Nichols, University of Birmingham Fellow in British Art
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Art speak

Tue 23 February: 13.15 - 13.45

Enjoy half an hour looking at and talking about art.
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Death on the Nile: Uncovering the afterlife of ancient Egypt

Wed 24 February: 13.15 – 14.00

An introduction to the exhibition with Helen Strudwick, Egypt 2016 Curator, and Julie Dawson, Head of Conservation.
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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 791501 or email:
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Audio descriptive tour for blind and partially sighted adults: The art of Ben Nicholson

Tue 23 February: 15.00 – 15.45

Join Assistant Education Officer Lucy Wheeler, from Kettle's Yard, to find out about the changing styles and techniques of Ben Nicholson.
Free. Booking essential, tel: 01223 332904 or email:
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Handling session for blind and partially sighted adults: Wonders from the ancient world

Wed 24 February: 15.00 – 15.45

Join trained Museum staff and use touch to reveal incredible stories behind museum objects.
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.

Instrumental award holders for chamber music

7 February

A variety of works played by the very best undergraduate chamber musicians. Programme to include Beethoven's Piano Trio Op. 11, Schubert's Fantasie in C major for Violin and Piano, and D.934 by Franz Schubert.
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Music for violin, viola, cello and piano

14 February

Konrad Wagstyl (violin), Tom Taylor (viola), Jon Fistein (cello) and Graeme Mitchison (piano) perform Schubert’s String Trio D471 and Brahms Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, op. 25.
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Music for violin and piano

21 February

BBC Concert Orchestra violinist Peter Bussereau, and Cambridge student pianist and composer Alex Woolf, perform music connected with Cambridge.
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Songs, duets and piano

28 February

Jill Morton (piano), Chloe Beresford-Jones (soprano) and Helen Groves (soprano) perform pieces by Berg, Massenet, Mozart and Debussy.
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Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult throughout the duration of the workshop.

To book tel: 01223 332904 or email: Places confirmed on receipt of payment.

Family First Saturdays: Kettle’s Yard comes to the Fitz

Sat 6 February: 14.00 - 16.00

On the first Saturday of each month visit our Fitz Family Welcome Point in Gallery 33 and collect drawing materials, activities and trails to use throughout the Museum.
Free - Drop-in.
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Baby magic!

Tue 9 February: 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, sounds and movement.
£3 per child. Meet in the Courtyard Entrance. Booking essential.
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It’s magic!

Wed 10 February: 10.00 - 11.30

2 - 5 yrs

Explore work in the collections and make art of your own in the studio to take home.
£3 per child. Meet in the Courtyard Entrance. Booking essential.
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Saturdays 13, 20, 27 February
Half term: Tuesday 16 - Friday 19 February

GCSE and A’ Level art exam help for young people. Drop in for one-to-one advice, artist led workshops, gallery research opportunities and studio space.

Booking essential. To register your interest please tel: 01223 332904 or email:
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Work experience taster day

Fri 19 February: 10.00 – 16.30

Get an understanding of the variety of jobs available through museums.

Booking essential. For more information send your name and school to
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Kettle's Yard chamber music series

Beethoven Plus: Krysia Osostowicz, violin & Daniel Tong, piano

18 February
Old Divinity School, St John’s College

These acclaimed musicians perform three of Beethoven’s violin & piano sonatas, each the inspiration for a short newly commissioned companion piece by contemporary composers Peter Ash and Philip Venables. Played together with their new companions, Beethoven’s sonatas will be heard afresh, as radical and provocative as they were 200 years ago.

£16 or £6 students
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Our bicentenary is supported by our Business Partners:
TTP Group plc, ACE Cultural Tours, Hewitsons LLP, Marshall of Cambridge, Rheebridge Ltd and Sotheby’s

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All images © Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, unless otherwise stated


10 & 11. © Martin Bond
13. SOURCE Poster 2016
14. Image: Sara Lipowitz