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October 2016



Lord Fitzwilliam's print albums

September’s object of the month is Lord Fitzwilliam’s print collection, a selection of which is currently on show in the Charrington Print Room.

Learn more about these unique albums of an 18th century collector in a special recording with Elenor Ling, curator of our current exhibition, 'An Amateurs Passion', available to view on our website.


Cow print



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

Illuminated manusript

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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Inside the Macclesfield Psalter

Until 27 November
20th Century Gallery (11)

Emil Siemeister's immersive installation The Placebo Macclesfield Psalter is inspired by the riotous imagery of the Fitzwilliam Museum’s Macclesfield Psalter. Here visitors are invited to step inside the world – and the mind – of the Macclesfield Psalter’s artists in a unique, dreamlike experience. The original manuscript of the Macclesfield Psalter is displayed in the COLOUR exhibition.
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 Contemporary print by Susan Aldworth

Damien Hirst spot painting

Realisation: Recent works by Susan Aldworth and Jane Dixon

Until 5 February 2017
Shiba Gallery (14)

This exhibition of beautiful contemporary graphics by two British artists challenges our assumptions of reality and identity. Jane Dixon’s photograms, Evidence of Doubt, appear to be photographic records of real organic forms, but prove to be imaginary and drawn by the artist’s hand. The intangible images in Susan Aldworth’s two series of prints, Transience and Passing Thoughts, resist recognition and identification, yet they actually derive from the physical touch of human brain tissue, and portray real people. 
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Art on Mars: Beagle 2 and Damien Hirst

Until 20 November

The Fitzwilliam Museum is delighted to display the spot painting prepared for the Beagle 2 space mission by artist Damien Hirst. This painting is the flight spare that was designed to be the earth partner to the instrument calibration target on-board the Mars spacecraft. The display complements the COLOUR exhibition
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 Gallery 3

 Founders 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 installation

 Henry Moore sculpture

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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 Tiffany vase

The Dollar: The rise of global currency

11 October - 26 February 2017

The Arts of the Near East (33)

The dollar is found the world over. It is familiar to us as the money of the United States, but dollars are also the currency of many other nations around the globe. The objects in this display explore the history of one of the world’s most iconic currencies.
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The Frua-Valsecchi collection

Over the next few months see over 130 pieces of works of art from Francesca and Massimo Valsecchi introduced to the galleries, on long term loan. Pieces on display include the nude portrait of Patricia Preece by Stanley Spencer, William Burges’s painted ‘Flax and Wool’ cabinet, Art Nouveau Tiffany glass, metalwork and ceramics designed by Christopher Dresser and an extremely rare Meissen porcelain vulture. All the pieces can be identified by their specially designed labels.
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Art on Mars: Illustrated lecture

Thurs 6 Oct 19:00 - 20:00

Colour in the solar system: What does it tell us and how do we see it? with Professor Andrew Coates.
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 Damien Hirst spot painting

The Secret Kells film screening Cambridge Arts Picturehouse

Mon 24 Oct

This highly applauded film tells the story of a young boy living in remote Irish woods and his adventures when a celebrated master illuminator arrives with an ancient book, brimming with secret wisdom and powers. This filmscreening is programmed to complement the Fitzwilliam Museum’s COLOUR exhibition, and is part of the Cambridge Family Film Festival.
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 The Secret of Kells poster

An evening with the Chairman of the Art Fund and the Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Wed 12 Oct 18:30 - 20:30

Join the Chairman of the Art Fund, Lord Smith, and Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Tim Knox, in conversation about the relationship between the two organisations and the purchases made over the last hundred years with Art Fund help, many items of which can be seen on display in the Fitzwilliam.
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 Directors of the Art Fund & Fitzwilliam Museum

Art recreation

Sat 22 Oct 11:00 - 16:00

See the Fitzwilliam Museum’s painting of Marguerite Chapin in her apartment with her dog, by Edouard Vuillard, come to life in an art recreation in front of John Lewis Cambridge, using the department store’s products for props.

Drop-by and draw this unique scene, and have a chance of winning some of the props in the recreation. And don’t forget to come back to see the original painting in Gallery 1.
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 Marguerite Chapin in her apartment with her dog by Edouard Vuillard



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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 Gallery tour



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.

Colour and Meaning

Wed 5 Oct: 13.15 – 14.00

Dr Deirdre Jackson, Research Associate, Manuscripts and Printed Books

Lord Fitzwilliam and his passion for prints

Wed 12 Oct 13:15 - 14:00

Elenor Ling, Research Assistant, Paintings, Drawings and Prints

Inside the Macclesfield Psalter

Wed 13 Oct 13:15 - 14:00

Dr Stella Panayotova, Keeper of Manuscripts and Printed Books

The art and science of red

Wed 19 Oct 13:15 - 14:00

Spike Bucklow, Senior Research Scientist, Hamilton Kerr Institute. Part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas.

Art on film: When movement stops

Sat 22 Oct 14:00 - 15:00

Dr Nina Lübbren, Art Historian; Principal Lecturer in Film Studies, Deputy Head of English and Media, Anglia Ruskin University.
Part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas.

Moving pictures: Mathematical reconstruction of painting

Wed 26 Oct 13:15 - 14:00

Carola-Bibiane Schönlieb, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, Dr Stella Panayotova, Keeper of Manuscripts and Printed Books and Spike Bucklow, Hamilton Kerr Institute. Part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas.

 Illuminated manuscript




Family First Saturday

Sat 1 Oct 14.00 - 16.00

Drop-in on the first Saturday of the month for art-making and a special talk at 15.00 aimed at ages 10+ Colour in Space by Jim Clement, Chief Engineer for Beagle 2.

Family tours with one of our educators will also run at 14.15 & 15.15. Tours last 30 minutes, number restrictions apply.
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Art materials


Statues, stories & stillness at the Museum of Classical Archaeology

Wed 19 Oct 10.30 - 11.30 &
13.30 – 14.30

3 - 5 yrs

Enjoy a story tour of the Museum of Classical Archaeology using a range of peaceful, movement based activities inspired by the collection. Stand like a warrior! Swish like a mermaid! Balance like a boat on the sea!
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 Classical busts

Drawing with colour: Big Draw special

Tues 25 Oct: 13.00 - 16.00

Join us for activities inspired by colour and movement, and create your own artwork to take home or add to our group installation.
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 Big Draw event


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

ReSource: Glittering gold

Sat 15 Oct: 11.00 - 13.00

13 - 18 yrs

Be inspired by the COLOUR exhibition. Make your own paints in egg tempera and use gold leaf to create an illuminated manuscript page, with artist Lara Jones in our art studio.
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Beautiful pages

Sat 26 Oct: 10.00 - 16.30

14 - 18 yrs

A special day-long course exploring and recreating the art of illuminated manuscripts. Learn about the materials, tools and planning that went into the making of the manuscripts on display in COLOUR. Philippa Abrahams, practitioner in historical art materials and techniques, will teach you the skills you need to create your own piece using gold and coloured decoration in our studio.
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 painting materials



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


Fri 21 Oct: 10.15 – 12.00

Be inspired by the COLOUR exhibition and create your own illuminated page using pastel, gold leaf and inks.
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 gold leaf illustrated manuscript

The making of the Wolf Hall Book of Hours and medieval manuscripts with Patricia Lovett MBE

Sat 8 Oct 14:00 - 15:30

Patricia Lovett created the Wolf Hall Book of Hours. Hear her talk about this and see the meticulous work and processes that went into creating a medieval manuscript - from how to cut a quill, vellum and parchment, to the use of different types of gold and pigments. A fascinating glimpse into medieval masterpieces.
£15 (£12 concessions/Friends)
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 Illuminated manuscript


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.

Music for piano

Sun 9 Oct: 13.15 - 14.00

Piano recital with Diana Brekalo, including works by Scriabin, Brahms and Prokoviev
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Music for clarinet and piano

Sun 16 Oct: 13.15 - 14.00

With Kevin Giles (clarinet) and Jeremy Cooke (piano)
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Music for flute and guitar

Sun 23 Oct: 13.15 - 14.00

Samantha Pearce (flute) and Francisco Correa (guitar) perform flute and guitar duos by Telemann, Ravel, Piazolla and Bartok
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Mulberry Piano Trio

Sun 30 Oct: 13.15 - 14.00

Programme to include Piano Trios by Catalan composer, Roberto Gerhard, pupil of Granados and Schoenberg, who settle in Cambridge as a refugee from the Spanish Civil War in 1939. Plus Novelletten by Niels Gade
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Lunchtime concert




Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered

8 October - 23 April 2017
V&A Museum of Childhood, London

Board Games are played the world over, and have been a key element in family culture for centuries. This exhibition will showcase some of the world's best known and most loved board games as well as casting light on the evolution of game design, from the ancient game of Senet to modern digital board games.
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 Vintage game

The Middle - Tom Ellis at the Wallace Collection

Until 27 November
The Wallace Collection, London

The Wallace Collection presents The Middle, an innovative exhibition featuring newly commissioned works by British artist Tom Ellis. Explore the artist’s ambitious pairing of figurative paintings and self-made furniture.
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 Wallace collection exhibition installation

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All images © Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, unless otherwise stated

4. Left: Jane Dixon, Evidence of Doubt, 2011-13 (detail) © The artist
Right: Susan Aldworth, Passing Thoughts, 2013 (detail) © The artist
5 & 12.
All Rights Reserved Beagle 2
8. Photo courtesy of Paul Allitt
9. Hill Arches, 1973, bronze. The Henry Moore Foundation: gift of the artist 1977. Reproduced by permission of the Henry Moore Foundation.
16, 19 & 24.
© Martin Bond
© Hans Splinter (Flickr Creative Commons) 19 & 22. © Flicker Creative Commons
25. © Victoria and Albert Museum
26. Front State Room © The Wallace Collection