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September 2016

Object of the month

September’s object of the month is a beautiful medieval manuscript currently on display in our popular COLOUR exhibition. Learn more about this object in a special recording with Edward Cheese (Conservator), Paola Ricciardi (Research Scientist), and Stella Panayotova (Keeper), from the Department of Manuscripts and Printed Books. The recording will be available to view on our website next week.

Illuminated manuscript



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

Illuminated manuscript

Tiffany vase

COLOUR: The art and science of illuminated manuscripts

Jonathan Jones of The Guardian *****

Until 30 December
Adeane & Mellon Galleries (12 & 13)

COLOUR showcases 150 exceptional manuscripts from the Fitzwilliam's collection - the finest and largest museum collection of illuminated manuscripts in existence. 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.
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The Frua-Valsecchi collection

Until December 2018

Find over 130 pieces of works of art in the galleries, from Francesca and Massimo Valsecchi, on long term loan to the Fitzwilliam. Pieces on display include the nude portrait of Patricia Preece by Stanley Spencer, William Burges’s painted ‘Flax and Wool’ cabinet, a Spanish 17th century polychrome wood sculpture of the Christ Child, Art Nouveau Tiffany glass, metalwork and ceramics designed by Christopher Dresser and an extremely rare Meissen porcelain vulture.
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A village in the mountains by Brueghel

Coin showing HMQ Elizabeth II

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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Britain’s Longest Serving Monarchs

Until 2 October
The 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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Fitzwilliam Museum lions

Founder's print album

Celebrating the First 200 Years: The Fitzwilliam Museum 1816 - 2016

Until 30 December
Octagon Gallery (10)

Running throughout 2016, this exhibition explores 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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An Amateur's Passion: Lord Fitzwilliam's print collection

Until 29 January 2017
Charrington Print Room (16)

The albums of prints on show are rarely seen in public and offer a facinating insight in to the mind of an 18th century collector.
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Being Modern display

Henry Moore's Hill Arches

Being Modern: Kettle’s Yard at the Fitzwilliam Museum

Until March 2017
European Pottery Gallery (27)

This second display from Kettle's Yard 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 and their collection on their website.
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Henry Moore’s Hill Arches (1973)

Until November 2017
Front lawn

With Hill Arches, Moore 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, will be on the front lawn of the Museum until the end of next year.
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The making of a manuscript: Talk and demonstration

Sat 10 Sept: 14.00 – 15.30

Join calligrapher, Penny Price, for a practical demonstration of the fascinating processes that went into creating the beautiful manuscripts on display in COLOUR.
£15 (£12 concessions/Friends). Booking essential, tel: 01223 332904 or email:
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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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Museum tour 

Tour for blind and partially sighted adults

Tue 27 Sept: 14.30 – 16.15

Join staff from the Fitzwilliam Museum and Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology to explore the new exhibition on illuminated manuscripts. You will also have the opportunity to handle objects from around the world connected with colour.
Free, booking essential. Tel 01223 332904 or email:
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Illuminated manuscript



Unless otherwise stated, talks are free and admission is by token, 1 per person, available at the Courtyard Entrance desk from 12.45 on the day. Induction loop available. For more information and locations visit our website.

Illuminated manuscript

The colours of illuminated manuscripts

Wed 7 Sept: 13.15 – 14.00

Dr Stella Panayotova, Keeper of Manuscripts and Printed Books
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Collaborating on a manuscript: Creation, rediscovery, conservation

Wed 14 Sept: 13.15 – 14.00

Edward Cheese, Conservator, and Dr Stella Panayotova, Keeper of Manuscripts and Printed Books
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Art Speak

Tue 20 Sept: 13.15 - 13.45

Enjoy half an hour looking at and talking about art. No token necessary.
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Calibrating the colour of Mars

Wed 21 Sept: 13.15 – 14.00

Matthew Gunn, Research Fellow, Aberystwyth University
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The Braddyll Family by Reynolds

Van Dyck and Reynolds: Two giants of portraiture

Wed 28 Sept: 13.15 – 14.00

Henrietta Ward, Assistant Keeper of Paintings, Drawings and Prints
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ReSource: Big bronze

Sat 24 Sept: 11.00 – 13.00

13 - 18 yrs

Join us in our art studio, with sculptor Susie Olczak, for a session on bronze. Look at Henry Moore’s Hill Arches on the Museum lawn and learn how sculptors make models as a way of sketching ideas and how these become large scale pieces.
£5. Booking essential, tel: 01223 332904 or email:
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Henry Moore's Hill Arches



Booking essential, unless otherwise stated. To register your interest please tel: 01223 332904 or email: Places will be confirmed on receipt of payment.

Paint brushes

Family First Saturday

Sat 3 Sept: 14.00 - 16.00

Drop-in on the first Saturday of the month and join us for activities and art-making on symbols in art. 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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Paint it!

Sat 17 Sept: 10.30 – 12.30

5 - 7 yrs

Be inspired by art around the Museum and paint your own colourful canvas with artist Jo Miller.
£8 per child
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Baby play mat

Baby magic!

Tue 20 Sept: 10.00 – 11.00

0 - 2 yrs

This gently structured session allows babies to discover aspects of our collection through sensory exploration of colour, shape, texture, sounds and movement. We will enjoy the galleries together and get creative in the studio.
£3 per child
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It's magic!

Wed 21 Sept: 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.
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Fri 30 Sept: 10.15 – 12.00

Discover new ways of working at this artist led workshop. Explore sculpture in the collection, such as Henry Moore’s Hill Arches, then work in clay to make your own 3D sculptural maquette.
£10. Booking essential, tel: 01223 332904 or email:
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Working with Clay


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All images © Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, unless otherwise stated

8. Photo courtesy of Paul Allitt
9 & 15. Hill Arches, 1973, bronze. The Henry Moore Foundation: gift of the artist 1977. Reproduced by permission of the Henry Moore Foundation.
11, 16, 17 & 18  © Martin Bond