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May 2016


Object of the Month

May’s object of the month is this torso of Dionysus, currently on display in the Cyprus Gallery (22). Learn more about this object in a special recording with Dr Anastasia Christophilopoulou (Assistant Curator) and Paul Cartledge (Syndic), available to view on our website next week.

 Torso of Dionysus


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

Hill Arches by Henry Moore

Henry Moore’s Hill Arches (1973)

4 May 2016 - November 2017
Front lawn

Moore is best known for sculptures of the human figure sited in architectural or natural settings, but here he has created a landscape in its own right – perhaps, as the title suggests, an echo of the rolling hills of his native Yorkshire. This sculpture from the Henry Moore Foundation, in Hertfordshire, will be sited on the lawn in front of the Museum for all to see until the end of next year.
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 A village in the mountains by Brueghel

 Photo of display

Brueghel and his Time: Landscape drawings from the Bruce Ingram bequest

10 May – 4 September
Shiba Gallery (14)

This exhibition brings together rarely seen early landscapes by 16th and 17th century Dutch and Flemish artists from the bequest of Sir Bruce Ingram.
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Being Modern: Kettle’s Yard at the Fitzwilliam Museum

Until March 2017
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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Castle print

The Fitzwilliam Museum

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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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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Egyptian eyes

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 provides visitors with a unique insight into the science used to examine the objects on display.

"Startling insights that remind us of the glorious strangeness of the past"
- Alastair Sooke, The Telegraph

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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 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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Then and now: How does society deal with death

Tuesday 10 May
Opportunity to view Death on the Nile exhibition: 18.00
Panel discussion: 18.45 – 20.00 (chaired by Catherine Carr)

In today’s society, talking about death is often regarded as the last taboo. This panel discussion will bring together a range of speakers from an expert in ancient Egyptian funerary practice, a consultant radiologist and speakers who today support those preparing for death and the bereaved.
This event forms part of Dying Matters Awareness Week.
Booking essential. Tel: 01223 332904 or email: Places will be confirmed on receipt of payment.
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 Egyptian funerary sculpture

Museums at Night

Friday 13 May: 17.00 – 21.00

Drop-in and view the permanent collections and exhibitions after hours. It will be your last opportunity to see the popular Death on the Nile exhibition, and a first opportunity to see the new Brueghel and his Time exhibition. The Shop will be open for late-night shopping and the Café will be serving cocktails, Mediterranean nibbles and platters, with a jazz trio performing in the Courtyard from 19.45.
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 Friends in the Museum courtyard



 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

Tue 31 May: 15.00 – 15.45

Join trained Museum staff and learn more about the work of this Austrian-born British studio potter, Lucie Rie.
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.

Death comes as the end: Burial practice in ancient Thebes

Wed 4 May: 13.15 – 14.00

Dr Nigel Strudwick, Director, Cambridge Theban Tombs Project
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Egyptian coffins: Exploring the painter's craft

Wed 11 May: 13.15 – 14.00

Elsbeth Geldhof, historic paint conservator
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Art Speak

Tue 17 May: 13.15 - 13.45

Enjoy half an hour looking at and talking about art. No token necessary. Meet at Courtyard Entrance.
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Detecting the work of painters and scribes on ancient Egyptian coffins

Wed 18 May: 13.15 – 14.00

Dr John H. Taylor, Assistant Keeper, Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan, The British Museum
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Three stories of money in the Age of Discovery

Wed 25 May: 13.15 – 14.00

Richard Kelleher, Assistant Keeper of Coins (Medieval and Modern)
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 Egyptian coffin



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.

 Chamber organ

Lord Fitzwilliam as student and composer of music

1 May

Chamber organ recital, to be performed by Dr Gerald Gifford FRCM, Honorary Keeper of Music.
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Music for clarinet

8 May

Programme to include music by Messiaen, Gershwin and homage pieces to Puccini and Poulenc composed by Luca Luciano (solo clarinet).
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CERBERUS plays...

15 May

Gwen Owen Robinson (violin), Veronica Henderson (cello) and Jill Morton (piano) perform Grieg Andante con Moto and Beethoven Piano Trio in Eb Major, Op.70 no.2.
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Music for violin and piano

22 May

Charlotte Rowan (violin) and Charlotte Stevenson (piano) perform pieces by Wieniawski, Sarasate, Bartok, Boulanger and Glazunov.
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Lucy Cavendish Singers

29 May

The Lucy Cavendish Singers present an exhilarating mix of classical, traditional and contemporary music, including works by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Healey Willan, Javier Busto and Moira Smiley. Directed by Katharina Megli, with Ivan Garford (piano and double bass).
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Fri 20 May: 10.15 – 12.00

Discover new ways of working at this artist led workshop. Develop your drawing skills in the galleries through studying form and surface decoration in the Museum’s ceramic collections, including works from ancient Cyprus to contemporary pieces in clay.
£10. Booking essential, tel: 01223 332904 or email: Places confirmed on receipt of payment.
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 Clay horse



 Japanese flowers


Sat 21 May: 11.00 – 13.00

13 - 18 yrs

Join us in our art studio, with artist Hideki Arichi from Digswell Art studios, and create your own unique Japanese inspired prints on fabric pencil cases.
£5. Booking essential, tel: 01223 332904 or email: Places confirmed on receipt of payment.
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Family First Saturday

Sat 7 May: 14.00 - 16.00

Drop-in on the first Saturday of the month and join us for activities and art-making focussing on creepy crawlies. Family tours with one of our educators will also run at 14.15 & 15.15. Tours last 30 minutes, number restrictions apply.
Free, no booking required
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It's magic!

Wed 25 May: 10.00 – 11.30

2 – 5 yrs

Looking at art can be magical! Experience the collections through stories and make art of your own in the studio to take home.
£3. Booking essential, tel: 01223 332904 or email: Places confirmed on receipt of payment.
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 Paint brushes




My Cambridge INSET: Making the most of your local museum

Wed 25 May: 14.30 – 17.00

Meet in Courtyard Entrance

My Cambridge aims to make sure all children and young people feel part of the rich variety of culture in Cambridge. During this INSET you will have the opportunity to work with experienced educators from the University of Cambridge Museums to explore how you can make best use of your local museums, embed cultural visits into your long term planning and bring different areas of the curriculum to life.
Free, booking essential. Tel: 01223 332904 or email: Places confirmed on receipt of payment.
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American Air Museum

IWM Duxford

Explore the transformed American Air Museum, telling the story of two nations united through war, loss, love and duty, from the First World War to the present day. Hear the personal stories of those whose lives have been shaped by war, get up close to the aircraft with which they were linked and see intriguing personal objects, many of which have never before been on display.
Book now!

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 American Air Museum

Painting a Flower Posy inspired by the European Tradition

Tue 17 – Thurs 19 May

University of Cambridge Botanic Garden

This three-day course will begin with a short introduction at the Fitzwilliam Museum where tutor and botanical illustrator, Georita Harriott, will lead you on a tour to observe a selection of watercolour paintings of small flower posies held in the collection. The remainder of the course will be based at the Botanic Garden, where you will draw inspiration from the flowers and draw and paint.
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 Flower painting

Arms and Armour at Waddesdon Manor

Wed 18 May: 10.15-12.15

A chance to discover the history and intriguing secrets behind Waddesdon Manor’s collection of arms and armour, and get hands-on with a dedicated study session.
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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

2. Henry Moore, Hill Arches (1973) © bluebus (Flickr Creative Commons)
11, 12 & 19.
© Martin Bond
20. Image courtesy of IWM, Duxford
22. Image courtesty of University of Cambridge Botanic Garden
Image courtesy Waddesdon Manor