Fitzwilliam Museum

Fitzwilliam Museum
Trumpington Street
Cambridge
Cambridgeshire
CB2 1RB
England

Website

www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

E-mail

fitzmuseum-enquiries@lists.cam.ac.uk

Telephone

01223 332900

Fax

01223 332923

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From Egyptian coffins to Impressionist masterpieces – the Fitzwilliam Museum’s world-class collections of art and antiquities span centuries and civilizations.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Tues-Sat 1000-1700
Sun 1200-1700

Closed Mon (except Bank Holidays when open 12.00-17.00) Closed Good Friday; 24,25,26 & 31 Dec and 1 Jan.

Admission charges

Free

The Fitzwilliam Museum has magnificent permanent collections of international importance. The entire collection is a Designated Collection of national importance.

Holdings include antiquities from Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome; English and European pottery and glass; furniture, clocks, fans and armour, coins, medals, illuminated, literary and music manuscripts and rare printed books; paintings, including masterpieces by Simone Martini, Domenico Veneziano, Veronese, Titian, Rubens, Hals, Van Dyck, Canaletto, Hogarth, Gainsborough, Constable, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Monet and Picasso, portrait miniatures and 20th century art, and changing displays of drawings, watercolours and prints. The collections also include artefacts from Sudan and Cyprus, and Chinese, Japanese and Korean art, rugs and samplers.

Founded in 1816, the Museum is housed in splendid buildings, the first of which, designed by George Basevi opened in 1848.

Items from this collection

Collection details

Weapons and War, Music, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Coins and Medals, Archaeology

Key artists and exhibits

  • Ancient Egypt, Sudan
  • Greece and Rome
  • Roman and Romano-Egyptian Art
  • Western Asiatic displays and Cypriot Art
  • English and European pottery and glass, furniture, clocks, fans, armour
  • Chinese, Japanese and Korean art
  • Simone Martini, Domenico Veneziano, Titian, Veronese, Rubens, Van Dyck, Hals, Canaletto, Hogarth, Gainsborough, Constable, Monet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne and Picasso
  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Art, Revolution and War: France, 1789-1914

  • 4 March — 28 September 2014 *on now

Medals, coins and banknotes illustrate key moments in the political and artistic history of France. This display focuses on the 1789 revolution, Napoleon, the 1848 revolution, and the artistic triumphs of Art Nouveau. One of the most famous examples of the Art Nouveau style in French medals is Orphée by Marie-Alexandre Lucien Coudray (pictured right). This was exhibited to great acclaim at the 1900 Universal Exhibition in Paris, with thousands of copies sold to art lovers.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/whatson/exhibitions/article.html?4444

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La Grande Guerre: French prints of the First World War

  • 20 May — 28 September 2014 *on now

The first seven months of World War I are dramatically illustrated in the colour lithographs and woodcuts of the series La Grande Guerre. Scenes of action in the form of battles, sieges and airstrikes are punctuated by moments of relative repose, including commemorations, award ceremonies and depictions of the Allied forces, such as the English and Scottish taking five o’clock tea and Indian soldiers at prayer.

The prints will be shown in chronological order, so visitors to the gallery can experience a retelling of events from the perspective of France, from the taking of the first flag during the Battle of Saint-Blaise La Roche (14 August 1914) to the Fall of Przemysl (22 March 1915).

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/whatson/exhibitions/article.html?4437

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The Conservation of Illuminated Manuscript Fragments

  • 26 June — 28 September 2014 *on now

As part of this corpus, the Museum preserves one of the largest and most important collections of fragments from medieval manuscripts in existence comprised of some 500 leaves, full-page miniatures and cuttings.

This focused display highlights the Museum’s collection of illuminated manuscript fragments and provides a unique glimpse behind-the-scenes into the world of contemporary conservation and some of the considerable challenges that these beautiful objects pose. Learn about the conservator’s choice of materials and treatment methods, and see detailed close-up images of fully conserved fragments showing pigments under magnification.

Suitable for

  • Any age
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Caroline Watson and Female Printmaking in Late Georgian England

  • 23 September 2014 — 4 January 2015 *on now

This exhibition shows a selection of her portrait and subject prints, together with those of other contemporary women printmakers. It is accompanied by a catalogue by David Alexander, Honorary Keeper of British Prints, which outlines Watson’s career and relationship with artists such as Sir Joshua Reynolds. The catalogue includes a checklist of the hundred or so prints that she produced throughout her lifetime as well as a transcription of fascinating letters to William Hayley, the writer who employed her to illustrate his Life of George Romney.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Banknote

1914: War and Money

  • 30 September 2014 — 25 January 2015

World War I consumed vast quantities of money as well as lives. This display of coins, medals, banknotes and government bonds provides an insight into the desperate measures that had to be used to maintain a supply of money, from the transition of gold coinage at the outbreak of war in 1914 to inflationary paper money by 1918 when the great European empires fell.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/whatson/exhibitions/article.html?4696

Painting of seated mannequin by Alan Beeton

Silent Partners: Artist & Mannequin from Function to Fetish

  • 14 October 2014 — 25 January 2015

For centuries, the mannequin, or lay figure, was little more than a studio tool, a piece of equipment as necessary as easel, pigments and brushes. This major new loan exhibition reveals the multiple purposes it serves - from fixing perspective and painting reflections, to being a support for drapery and costume - and shows how it gradually moved centre stage to become the subject of the painting, photograph or film, eventually becoming a work of art in its own right.

One of the most wide-ranging and ambitious shows ever hosted at the Museum, the exhibition will feature over 180 paintings, drawings, books and photographs as well as fashion dolls, trade catalogues, a series of extraordinary patent documents and videos. There will be paintings and drawings by Cézanne, Poussin, Gainsborough, Millais, Ford Madox Brown, and Degas as well as photographs by and of Surrealist artists such as Man Ray, Hans Bellmer and Salvador Dali; works by Jake and Dinos Chapman show that, even today, artists continue to be drawn to the creative potential unleashed by our artificial Others.

After its showing in Cambridge, Silent Partners will travel to the Musée Bourdelle, Paris. It will be accompanied by a lavishly illustrated book published by Yale University Press in association with Paris Musées.

The exhibition also forms part of Curating Cambridge: our city, our stories, our stuff, presented by the University of Cambridge Museums with the Festival of Ideas.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Website

http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Ideas of perfection

  • 19 October 2014 2-4pm
  • 25 October 2014 2-4pm
  • 1 November 2014 2-4pm

Enjoy a tour of the exhibition Silent Partners: Artist & Mannequin from Function to Fetish and use the exhibits as a springboard for writing creative poetry and prose.

This event forms part of the Festival of Ideas and Curating Cambridge.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 14-15

Admission

£25 (£15 concessions and Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum) for whole series. Booking opens 22 September.

Work experience taster day with the University of Cambridge Museums

  • 29 October 2014 10am-4:30pm

The University of Cambridge Museums has organised a one day event to give students an understanding of the variety of jobs available through museums. With visits to two museums and talks from several professionals, the event is free and lunch is provided.

Admission

For more information, and to sign up, please provide your name and the school you attend to opendoor@ hermes.cam.ac.uk.

photograph of german ww1 medal

1914: War and Money

  • 5 November 2014 1:15-2pm

With Dr Martin Allen, Senior Assistant Keeper, Coins and Medals.

Admission is by token, 1 per person, available at the Courtyard Entrance desk from 12:45 on the day of the talk.

Taking place in the Seminar Room.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Website

http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/whatson/events/article.html?4719

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