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March 2016


Object of the Month

Blue Twisted Form by Merete Rasmussen

March’s object of the month is Merete Rasmussen’s Blue Twisted Form, 2011, on display in the Glaisher Gallery. Listen to a special recording with Merete.



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

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Death on the Nile: Uncovering the afterlife of ancient Egypt

Until 22 May
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

Until 30 December
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 tells the full 200 year story of the Museum.
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Crawling with Life: Flower drawings from the Henry Rogers Broughton Bequest

Until 8 May
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.
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Encounters: Money in the age of discovery

Until 29 May
Flower Paintings Gallery (17)

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

Until 31 July
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.
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Beauty and Balance:
Kettle’s Yard at the Fitzwilliam Museum

Until 03 April

Paintings and sculptures by Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Ben Nicholson, Alfred Wallis, Joan Miró and Christopher Wood will be on display.
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How to make an Egyptian coffin

Sat 12 March: 13.30 – 16.30

Ages 14+ 

Specialists involved in the examination and experimental re-creation of Egyptian coffins will demonstrate some of the materials, tools and techniques used to construct and decorate these extraordinary objects.
£5. Booking essential. To register your interest tel: 01223 332904 or email: Places will be confirmed on receipt of payment.
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Tour of the Museum

Saturdays: 14.30 - 15.30

A one-hour tour of the collections with a Cambridge Badge Guide. Tickets may be bought from the Guide or in advance through Cambridge Visitor Information Centre, tel. 01223 791501, email:
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 Touch tour with Albert Einstein sculpture

Audio descriptive talk, tea and cake and tour

Sat 12 March: 14.00 – 16.00

Join trained Museum staff for an audio descriptive tour on ‘The art of miniature’ and ‘Face to face with Epstein’s Albert Einstein'.
Free. Booking essential, tel: 01223 332904 or email:
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Handling session for blind and partially sighted adults

Wed 30 March: 15.00 – 15.45

Join trained Museum staff for a handling session on shells of the world with the Museum of Zoology.
Free. Booking essential, tel: 01223 332904 or email:
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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.

Women’s lives in ancient Egypt: What can coffins tell us?

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Fri 4 March: 13.15 – 14.00

Helen Strudwick, Egypt 2016 Curator
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‘Mourning Women’: The science of a painted coffin surface

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Wed 9 March: 13.15 – 14.00

Jennifer Marchant, Conservator of Antiquities
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Manuscripts under the microscope

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Wed 16 March: 13.15 – 14.00

Dr Paola Ricciardi, Research Associate, Department of Manuscripts and Printed Books
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Egyptian blue: Science and symbolism

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Thu 17 March: 13.15 – 14.00

Helen Strudwick, Egypt 2016 Curator, and Dr Trevor Emmett, Consultant Geologist
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Art Speak

Tue 22 March: 13.15 - 13.45

Enjoy half an hour looking at and talking about art. No token necessary.
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Maria Merian’s butterflies

Wed 23 March: 13.15 – 14.00

Kate Heard, Curator of Prints and Drawings at The Royal Collection
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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.


Music for piano

6 March

Programme to include Schumann's Kreisleriana, Op 16, with Adrian Oldland (piano).
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Sat 19 March: 11.00 – 13.00

13 - 18 yrs

Join us in our art studio, with artist and designer Lucy Mazur, for a workshop on Egyptian inspired designs.
£5. Booking essential, tel: 01223 332904 or email: Places confirmed on receipt of payment.
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Booking essential, unless otherwise stated. To register your interest please tel: 01223 332904 or email: Places will be confirmed on receipt of payment.

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Family First Saturday

Sat 5 March: 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 Ancient Egypt.
Free, no booking required
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Death on the Nile: Uncovering the afterlife of ancient Egypt

Fri 18 March: 10.15 – 12.00

Discover new ways of working at this artist led workshop. Gain inspiration from our major exhibition and create art using ancient Egyptian colours.
£10. Booking essential, tel: 01223 332904 or email: Places confirmed on receipt of payment.
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Booking essential, unless otherwise stated. To register your interest please tel: 01223 332904 or email: Places will be confirmed on receipt of payment.

 Teachers making crafts

AccessArt-led INSET for Primary School Teachers

3 March, 21 April & 16 June: 14.00 – 17.00

Work with artists from AccessArt to enrich your own practice and try new activities and approaches in your school or as part of a trip to a museum. The focus of this four session course is line and shape. The hands-on sessions will include drawing, making and using sketchbooks, working in 3D, and printmaking.
£25 per session
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STEAM at the Museum

Wed 9 March: 14.00 – 17.00

A practical workshop for teachers interested in exploring how the Fitzwilliam Museum’s collections and research can support inspiring learning in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM).
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Botticelli and Treasures from the Hamilton Collection

Until 15 May 2016
The Courtauld Institute of Art, London

This major exhibition offers a rare opportunity to enjoy a rich selection of Sandro Botticelli’s exquisite drawings for Dante’s Divine Comedy alongside a selection of outstanding Renaissance illuminated manuscripts, including the monumental Hamilton Bible, acknowledged as one of the most important illuminated manuscripts in the world.
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Cambridge Literary Festival

5 – 14 April

This year’s Cambridge Literary Festival hosts an eclectic and vibrant line-up with leading lights from the worlds of comedy and current affairs, history and hip-hop, finance and fiction, science and Shakespeare, poetry and politics. Highlights include Edmund de Waal, Emma Bridgewater, Simon Callow, Frieda Hughes, David Hare, Ruby Wax and Louis de Bernieres. Claire Harman joins the line-up to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Charlotte Bronte’s birth for a special event at the Fitzwilliam Museum.
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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

1. Merete Rasmussen, Blue Twisted Form, 2011 © The artist
7. Photo courtesy of Paul Allitt
9, 10 & 12.
© Martin Bond
17. Image courtesy of The Courtauld Institute of Art