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July 2016


Object of the Month

July’s object of the month is the Cambridge (Chesterton Lane) hoard, currently on display in the Rothschild Gallery (32). Learn more about this treasure in a special recording with Dr Martin Allen (Senior Assistant Keeper of Coins & Medals), available to view on our website next week.

 Chesterton Lane hoard



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

Illuminated manuscript

COLOUR: The art and science of illuminated manuscripts

30 July - 30 December

Adeane & Mellon Galleries (12 & 13)

The Fitzwilliam holds the finest and largest museum collection of illuminated manuscripts in existence. COLOUR showcases 150 of these exceptional manuscripts, many not seen before and many more which can only be seen at the Fitzwilliam. Travel from 8th century Northumbria to 17th century Nepal and see unique works ranging from a Parisian medieval encyclopaedia to the ABC of a five-year-old princess, and local treasures like the Macclesfield Psalter.

Manuscripts are the best preserved resources for the study of early European painting as the majority of medieval and Renaissance panels and frescos have been damaged or destroyed. Discover the secrets of original masterpieces and modern forgeries. Find out what cutting-edge technologies reveal about the painting materials of the past, learn what the images meant to their owners, and be dazzled by COLOUR.
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 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
Octagon 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
Charrington Print Room (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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Big Weekend: Make and create

Sat 9 July: 12.00 – 17.00

Join the Fitzwilliam along with other University of Cambridge Museums and enjoy some hands-on creative fun at Parker’s Piece (Make & Create tent)
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 Child crafting




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.

The Goodison gifts of contemporary British craft

Wed 13 July: 13.15 – 14.00

Dr Victoria Avery, Keeper of Applied Arts
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Art Speak

Tue 19 July: 13.15 - 13.45

Enjoy half an hour looking at and talking about art. No token necessary.
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An introduction to the Dr John Shakeshaft collection of British studio pottery

Wed 20 July: 13.14 – 14.00

Helen Ritchie, Research Assistant and Lindsay Millington, Volunteer, Applied Arts
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 Talk in front of a painting



 Loiuse Alder

Cambridge Summer Music Festival

Mon 25 July: 19.30 – 20.30

Fresh from performances at Oper Frankfurt and Garsington Opera, young British soprano Louise Alder makes her CSMF debut with a varied programme of art songs and arias alongside acclaimed pianist Gary Matthewman. Programme to include pieces by Duparc, Debussy, Watkins, Mozart, Donizetti, Puccini, Lehar and Dove. Visit the website for full details.
£25 (concessions available). Tickets available from Cambridge Live Tickets, Wheeler Street, Cambridge. Tel: 01223 357851 /




Fri 22 July: 10.15 – 12.00

Discover new ways of working at this artist led workshop on dry point printing. Draw inspiration from our current print exhibition featuring works by Turner, Goya and Cornelius.
£10. Booking essential, tel: 01223 332904 or email:
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 Print by Turner



 Touch tour

Handling session for blind and partially sighted adults

Wed 27 July: 15.00 – 15.45

Join trained Museum staff and get to handle some special objects in celebration of our birthday.

Free, booking essential. Tel 01223 332904 or email:
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Sat 16 July: 11.00 – 13.00

13 - 18 yrs

Join us in our art studio with artist Caroline Wendling from Wysing Arts Centre, and use specialist dry point printing techniques to create your own unique prints to frame and display.
£5. Booking essential, tel: 01223 332904 or email:
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 Family First Saturday

Family First Saturday

Sat 2 July: 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 of Kettle’s Yard comes to the Fitz. 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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Five workshops, four fantastic venues, five days each

Ages 14-18

Choose from gilding and marquetry, mural painting, stone working, woodwork and hand engraving. Courses are led by craft specialists who are world-leaders in their field. You will be pushed, stretched and challenged as you learn new skills. All the places are fully funded. To apply, email:
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Workshop images

Storms, War and Shipwrecks: Treasures from the Sicilian Seas

Until 25 September

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Dive into the past and discover the extraordinary story of Sicily, an island at the crossroads of the Mediterranean, through spectacular finds rescued from the sea by underwater archaeologists. For 2500 years, Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs and Normans battled for control, with many of their ships sinking off the island’s rocky shores.
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Ashmolean exhibition advert


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All images © Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, unless otherwise stated

3. Hill Arches, 1973, bronze. The Henry Moore Foundation: gift of the artist 1977. Reproduced by permission of the Henry Moore Foundation.
7. Photo courtesy of Paul Allitt
Header, 10, 11, 14 & 16
© Martin Bond