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November 2016



Admiral Russell's Frame

To commemorate the Museum’s bicentenary, we invite you to support the acquisition of Admiral Russell’s Frame, a highly sophisticated example of craftsmanship. The Friends of the Fitzwilliam have raised 75% of the total
needed and are inviting donations to help them reach their target before the end of the year.
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 Admiral Russell's Frame



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

Extended until 2 January 2017
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 challenges our assumptions of reality. Jane Dixon’s photograms, appear to be records of real organic forms, but are imaginary and drawn by the artist. Susan Aldworth’s works, resist 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

Until 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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 Military Cross

November’s object of the month is a military cross, on display in our armoury. Learn more about this object in a special recording with Dr Adrian Popescu (Keeper of Coins & Medals), available to view on our website later this week.



Late at the Fitzwilliam

Fri 18 Nov: 17.00 – 21.00

Special after hours opening of the Museum. Drop-in and view the permanent collections and exhibitions, including COLOUR: The art and science of illuminated manuscripts. The Shop will be open for late-night Christmas shopping until 20.45 and the Café will be serving food and drinks until 20.30 (orders for hot food close at 20.00).
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 People 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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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.

The making of a manuscript

Wed 2 Nov: 13.15 – 14.00

Penny Price, Calligrapher
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The history of Gallery 3 and its Parthenon frieze

Wed 9 Nov: 13.15 – 14.00

Dr Lucilla Burn, Assistant Director, Collections and Keeper of Antiquities.  This talk will start in Seminar Room 35 and then move to Gallery 3.
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Art Speak

Tues 15 & 22 Nov: 13.15 - 13.45

Enjoy half an hour looking at and talking about art. No token necessary.
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Conserving manuscripts for COLOUR

Wed 16 Nov: 13.15 – 14.00

Edward Cheese, Conservator, Manuscripts and Printed Books
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Behind the scenes at the exhibition: Creating COLOUR

Wed 23 Nov: 13.15 – 14.00

John Lancaster, Senior Technician, Manuscripts and Printed Books
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Colour and colourants in manuscripts: The role of technical analyses

Wed 30 Nov: 13.15 – 14.00

Dr Paola Ricciardi, Research Scientist, Manuscripts and Printed Books
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 Gallery 3




ReSource: Shimmering steel

Sat 12 Nov: 11.00 – 13.00

13 - 18 yrs

Join armour experts and learn about the life of knights, try on replica armour and design your own with artist Jason Ions – it’s all about the fashion, fit and fighting!
£5. Booking essential, tel: 01223 332904 or email:
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Family First Saturday

Sat 5 Nov: 14.00 - 16.00

Drop-in on the first Saturday of the month and join us for activities and art-making on the theme of heroes and villans. 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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 Child drawing

It’s magic at Cambridge University Botanic Garden

Tue 15 Nov: 10.00 – 11.30

2 - 5 yrs

Explore the magical art of nature through storytelling in the garden and then use colour from plants to create art of your own to take home.
£3 per child, plus £5 per adult for garden entry (£4 concessions, free to Friends of CUBG)
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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.


Lord Fitzwilliam as editor and performer of music

6 Nov

Harpsichord recital, to be performed by Dr Gerald Gifford FRCM, Honorary Keeper of Music.
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Song recital

13 Nov

Alison Summers (soprano) and Christopher Gould (piano) perform settings of Shakespeare by Verdi, Korngold, Quilter and Haydn.
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Temple Ensemble

20 Nov

Programme to include Howard Ferguson’s Octet.
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Cambridge University Instrumental Award Holders for Chamber Music

27 Nov

A variety of works played by the very best undergraduate chamber musicians.
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Rodin and Dance: The Essence of Movement

Until 22 January 2017
The Courtauld Institute of Art, London

By 1900, Auguste Rodin was considered France’s greatest living artist. In the mid-1890s his practice took a more intimate turn, developing his long-term passion for capturing expressive movement. This is the first major exhibition to explore Rodin’s fascination with dance and bodies in extreme acrobatic poses and will explore a series of small scale experimental sculptures known as the Dance Movements.
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 Courtauld exhibition poster

Shaping Ceramics: From Lucie Rie to Edmund de Waal

10 November 2016 - 26 February 2017
Jewish Museum, London

Discover the story of how Jewish émigré ceramicists including Lucie Rie and Hans Coper transformed British studio pottery. Enjoy the work of 13 ceramicists in an exhibition spanning 80 years.
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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

3. Susan Aldworth, Passing Thoughts, 2013 (detail) © The artist
All Rights Reserved Beagle 2
7. Photo courtesy of Paul Allitt
8. Hill Arches, 1973, bronze. The Henry Moore Foundation: gift of the artist 1977. Reproduced by permission of the Henry Moore Foundation.
12, 13 & 16.
© Martin Bond