The Fitzwilliam Museum is the principal museum of the University of Cambridge. Its core purpose is to safeguard the collections, to make them accessible for study and enjoyment and to preserve them for future generations.
The Fitzwilliam Museum owes its foundation to Richard, VIIth Viscount Fitzwilliam of Merrion. In 1816 he bequeathed to the University of Cambridge his works of art and library, together with funds to house them, to further "the Increase of Learning and other great Objects of that Noble Foundation". For nearly two centuries, the Fitzwilliam Museum's collections and buildings have grown as a result of successive benefactions.
It is our mission to pursue scholarship and to offer free public access to the collections and to education and information services that enhance the visitors’ experience and inspire learning.
The Mission of the University of Cambridge
The mission of the University of Cambridge is to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning, and research at the highest international levels of excellence.
Syndics of the Fitzwilliam Museum
Local governance is undertaken by the Syndicate of the Fitzwilliam Museum.
As at January 2016 the Syndics are:
Professor Geoffrey Ward (Chair)
Professor Paul Binksi
Professor Cyprian Broodbank
Professor Paul Cartledge
Professor Eilís Ferran
Professor Dame Caroline Humphrey
Ms Anne Jarvis
Dr Mary Laven
Professor Martin Millett
Mr Roger Mosey
Mr Nicholas Ray
Dr David Saunders
Dame Rosalind Savill
Mr Tim Knox (Secretary)