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April 2016


Object of the Month

April’s object of the month is the ancient papyrus the Book of the Dead of Ramose, on display in the Death on the Nile exhibition. Watch our latest film to find out more about it.



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

 Egyptian sculpture of Horus

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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 Barbara Hepworth Pastorale

Being Modern: Kettle’s Yard at the Fitzwilliam Museum

8 April onwards
European Pottery Gallery (27)

Works by artists who sought to make a new art responding to the modern world are brought together in this second display from Kettle’s Yard. The display brings together for the first time, paintings and sculptures by pioneering modern artists who are represented in both collections. Find out more about Kettle’s Yard’s plans and their collection on their website.
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 The Fitzwilliam Museum


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.

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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 Castle print

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 travel 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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Booking essential. Please tel: 01223 332904 or email: Places will be confirmed on receipt of payment.

Venus and the Lute Player

Sat 30 April
Doors open and pre-concert drinks: 18.45
Concert: 19.15
Gallery 7

In this evening's concert, members of the Northern Early Music Collective present a programme inspired by Titian's Venus and Cupid with a lute player (1555-65). This marvellous painting is of particular interest from a musical point of view, in that it presents clear and realistic depictions of mid 16th century instruments and musical part books. The programme takes these elements as a starting point, and centres on Italian (mainly Venetian) secular music of the 16th century, with special emphasis on love songs (Venus is, after all, the painting's subject) and on the repertoire of the middle of the century, the time in which the painting was created. With Faye Newton (soprano), Pamela Thorby (recorder), Susanna Pell (viol) and Jacob Heringman (lute).

£25 (£20 concessions and Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum). Price includes a glass of wine or soft drink.
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 Titian's Venus and the Lute Player

Death on the Nile: Uncovering the afterlife of ancient Egypt

Sat 30 April & Sat 7 May: 13.30 - 15.30

Enjoy a special tour of the exhibition Death on the Nile: Uncovering the afterlife of ancient Egypt, and explore some of the themes as a springboard for writing creative poetry and prose on the first Saturday with tutor Helen Taylor. Then return on the following Saturday to refine and share your work with the rest of the group.

£16 for both workshops (£12 concessions and Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum).
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 Egytian mummy cover



 Gallery tour

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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Audio descriptive tour for blind and partially sighted adults: Death on the Nile

Tue 26 April: 15.00 - 15.45

Join trained Museum staff and uncover the afterlife of ancient Egypt.
Free. Booking Essential. To register your interest please tel: 01223 332904 or email:
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 Antarctica map

Handling session for blind and partially sighted adults: Antarctica is all stitched up!

Wed 27 April: 15.00 - 15.45

Join trained Museum staff from the Polar Museum and explore their interactive textile map of Antarctica.
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.

Listening to paintings: Bonnard & Vuillard

Wed 6 April:  13.15 – 14.00
Gallery 1

Julia Tozer, Freelance Art Educator
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The coffin of Nespawershefyt: An ancient case for CT scanning

Wed 13 April:  13.15 – 14.00

Julie Dawson, Head of Conservation, and Dr Tom Turmezei, Wellcome Trust Clinical PhD Fellow, Cambridge University Department of Engineering. (Coffin pictured right).
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Art Speak

Tue 19 April: 13.15 - 13.45

Enjoy half an hour looking at and talking about art. No token necessary. Meet at Coutyard Entrance.
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Exploring links between artists at Kettle’s Yard and the Fitzwilliam Museum

Wed 20 April: 13:15 to 14:00

Jenny Powell, Senior Curator Kettle’s Yard
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Egyptian coffins: Exploring the carpenter’s craft

Wed 27 April:  13.15 – 14.00

Dr Geoffrey Killen, Specialist in ancient Egyptian woodworking
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 Coffin x-ray



Kettle's Yard interior

MUSE - Kettle’s Yard

Fri 29 April: 10.15 - 12.00

Make mono-prints inspired by the harmony of line and light.

Discover new ways of working at this artist led workshop inspired by Museum exhibitions and collections, with different themes each month.
£10. Booking essential, tel: 01223 332904 or email:
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ReSource: Printing workshop 

Sat 16 April: 11.00 – 13.00

13 - 18 yrs

Join us in our art studio for a printing workshop inspired by the works of Rembrandt, with artist Caroline Wendling from Wysing Arts Centre.
£5. Booking essential, tel: 01223 332904 or email: Places confirmed on receipt of payment.
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 Craft session

Making memories

Sat 23 April: 10.30 - 12.30

8 - 12 yrs

The Fitzwilliam is 200 years old! To help us celebrate, create an artwork inspired by your exploration of the Museum.
£8 per child. Meet in the Courtyard Entrance.
Booking essential, tel: 01223 332904 or email:
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Britten Sinfonia:
Benjamin Grosvenor directs

Wed 27 April: 19.30
West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge

Still only 23 years old, outstanding pianist Benjamin Grosvenor makes his Britten Sinfonia debut, directing Mozart’s last Piano Concerto from the keyboard in a concert that also celebrates Britten Sinfonia’s leader Jacqueline Shave’s first decade with the orchestra.
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Benjamin Grosvenor

The Secret Life of Ely Cathedral

6 April - 2 May
Ely Cathedral

Inspired by unprecedented access behind the scenes this exhibition features over 80 major works by nineteen members of the OuseLife group of artists. The works on show celebrate the cathedral and the people who care for it.
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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

3. Barbara Hepwoth, Pastorale, 1969. Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge © Bowness
10 & 14.
© Martin Bond
15. Photo courtesy of Paul Allitt
Image courtesy of Britten Sinfonia
17. Image courtesy of the OuseLife group of artists