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June 2016


Object of the Month

June’s Object of the Month is a Renaissance masterpiece from the Founder's collection, which has not been on display at the Museum for around 70 years. Sebastiano del Piombo’s Adoration of the Shepherds has been the subject of a 10 year research and conservation project at the Hamilton Kerr Institute, a department of the Fitzwilliam Museum. Learn more about the re-display project in our YouTube video available to view on our website from June 6th.

 Conservation work on the Sebastiano



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

 Henry Moore's Hill Arches

Gallery 3 in the nineteenth century

Henry Moore’s Hill Arches (1973)

Until 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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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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 A village in the mountains by Brueghel

 Castle print

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

Until 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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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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Being Modern display

 Coin showing HMQ Elizabeth II

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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Britain’s Longest Serving Monarchs

Until 2 October
Arts of the Near East Gallery (33)

Queen Elizabeth II is now the longest serving monarch in British history. Coins, medals and banknotes bear witness to the Queen’s remarkable reign, and to the lives and times of George III and Victoria, who both reigned for six decades.
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Kettle’s Yard in Context

Thursday’s 2 & 9 June: 14.00 – 16.00

This two week gallery based course led by Julia Tozer, freelance art educator, will include opportunities to visit the Applied Arts Department and Print Room to view work not normally on show.

The course will focus on the second selection of contemporary work from the house at Kettle's Yard.

£20 (£15 concessions and Friends of the Fitzwilliam).
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 Barbara Hepworth picture

An evening in the Victorian parlour: The bible and antiquity at home

Wed 8 June: 19.00 – 21.00

Join lecturer and broadcaster Professor Simon Goldhill and his colleagues for an evening of music and readings from the Victorian parlour including work by Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Felix Mendelssohn. The evening will conclude with one of the ghost stories of M.R. James, scholar and one time Director of the Fitzwilliam.

£8 (£5 concessions)



 William Blake image




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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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.

Hill Arches and other works by Henry Moore at the Fitz

Wed 1 June: 13.15 – 14.00

Dr Victoria Avery, Keeper of Applied Arts
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A passion for things: The Bible and antiquity on the Victorian mantelpiece

Tues 7 June: 14.00 – 15.00

Kate Nichols and Gareth Atkins discuss a range of decorative objects from the Museum that vividly bring to life the Victorian obsession with the Bible and antiquity.
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Rescuing Sebastiano del Piombo’s Adoration of the Shepherds

Wed 15 June: 13.15 – 14.00

Rupert Featherstone, Director Hamilton Kerr Institute/Assistant Director Conservation
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Art Speak

Tues 21 June: 13.15 – 13.45

Drop-in and enjoy half an hour looking at and talking about art.
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Furniture at the Fitz: New arrivals

Wed 22 June: 13.15 – 14.00

Helen Ritchie, Research Assistant, Applied Arts
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Turner, Goya and Cornelius 1816

Wed 29 June: 13.15 – 14.00

Elenor Ling, Research Assistant and Amy Marquis, Study Room Invigilator, Department of Paintings, Drawings and Prints.
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 Detail of Sebastiano painting



Enjoy a free classical concert in the beautiful surroundings of Gallery 3. 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.

 Lunchtime concert

Graham Mitchison and friends

Sun 5 June: 13.15 – 14.00

Graham Mitchison (piano), Konrad Wagstyl and Tom Alberman (violins), Tom Taylor (viola) and Sarah Bowden (clarinet) perform
Herbert Howells' Rhapsodic Clarinet Quintet and Brahms' Piano Quintet.
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Music for viola

Sun 12 June: 13.15 – 14.00

Daniel Palmizio (solo viola) performs Reger Suite n. 2 op131d, Kurtág Signs Games and Messages, and Bach Suite No. 2 in D minor.
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Fri 20 May: 10.15 – 12.00

Discover new ways of working at this artist led workshop. Paint in acrylic inspired by the early mosernists.
£10. Booking essential, tel: 01223 332904 or email:
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 Paint tubes



Free. Booking essential, tel: 01223 332904 or email:

Touch tour

Audio descriptive tour for blind and partially sighted adults

Tue 28 June: 15.00 – 15.45

Join trained Museum staff and uncover the afterlife of ancient Egypt.
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Handling session for blind and partially sighted adults

Wed 29 June: 15.00 – 15.45

Join trained Museum staff from the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (MAA) to get to grips with pre-historic material.
Session held at the MAA.
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Sat 11 June: 11.00 – 13.00

13 - 18 yrs

Join guest artist Lara Jones and create mono-printed posters and limited edition cards.
£5. Booking essential, tel: 01223 332904 or email:
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 Girl printing



 Child painting

Family First Saturday

Sat 4 June: 14.00 - 16.00

Drop-in on the first Saturday of the month and join us for activities and art-making focussing on the theme inside out.
Family tours with one of our educators will also run at 14.15 & 15.15.
Free, no booking required
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Scrape, splodge, splash

Sat 18 June: 10.30 – 12.30

5 - 7 yrs

Enjoy painting with artist Lara Jones. Be inspired by artwork around the Museum, then paint your own marvellous masterpiece.
£8. Booking essential, tel. 01223 332904 or email:
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Access Art-led INSET for Primary School Teachers

Thurs 16 June: 14.00 – 17.00

Sign up for our artist led session and explore your creative side alongside museum educators and artists Paula Briggs and Sheila Ceccerelli from Access Art.

Discover how drawing and making can enrich work in other curriculum areas. Sessions are filled with lots of practical ideas to take back to school and inspire and support other staff.

£25. Booking essential, tel. 01223 332904 or email:
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 Art pencils



  Maxwell Centre

Maxwell Centre Open Day

Sat 25 June: 11.00-16.00

Explore the new exhibition Into Boundless Space I Leap, listen to talks and tours led by scientists, curators and artists and take part in fun activities for all ages.
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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

6. Photo courtesy of Paul Allitt
8. Barbara Hepworth, Pastorale, 1969. Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge © Bowness
10, 12 & 14.
© Martin Bond
17. © Pat Joyce (Flickr Creative Commons)
18. Photo courtesy of Kettle's Yard