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Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 - 17:00
Sundays & Bank Holidays: 12:00 - 17:00

FREE ADMISSION

Detail of the Founder's  Library shelves Curatorial material in the Department may be consulted by appointment by students, researchers, and other suitably qualified persons: please contact

First-time visitors need to send or bring a letter of reference and a passport-size photograph. They may make appointments to revisit at any time in the future without further formalities. 

Material is consulted in the Graham Robertson Study Room and the Founder’s Library.

Before visiting, scholars and students are advised to note the opening hours listed below, and to consult the following catalogues and reference tools: 

 

Fine Printed Books

are consulted in the Graham Robertson Study Room by appointment Tuesday – Friday 10.00 – 13.00 and 14.00 - 16.30.

Records on all fine printed books in the Museum collections are available on line through NEWTON, the Union Library Catalogue of Cambridge University. Select (Departments and Faculties F-M). 

 

 

Music

is consulted in the Graham Robertson Study Room by appointment Tuesday – Friday 10.00 – 13.00 and 14.00 - 16.30. 

All the music manuscripts, including Viscount Fitzwilliam’s bequest, are now catalogued online, with music incipits where appropriate, and can be found on the University of Cambridge library catalogue NEWTON and through the new universal catalogue, LIBRARY SEARCH

Some of the printed music is catalogued online. Pre-1825 printed music is in the published catalogue:

A Short-Title Catalogue of Music Printed Before 1825 in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, ed. V. Rumbold and I. Fenlon, Cambridge, 1992. 

The information in the Fuller-Maitland catalogue

J.A. Fuller-Maitland and A.H. Mann, Catalogue of the Music in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, London, 1893

has been substantially updated in the online and Rumbold-Fenlon catalogues. 

 

Literary Manuscripts, Autographs, and Archives

are consulted in the Graham Robertson Study Room by appointment Tuesday – Friday 10.00 – 13.00 and 14.00 - 16.30.

This part of the collections is the focus of an ongoing cataloguing project which is adding new records to the Museum’s collections database, Collections Explorer. Some holdings are searchable through the University of Cambridge’s archival search tool, JANUS.

Archival collections in Collections Explorer

Sidney Colvin (item level)
Wilfrid Scawen Blunt (collection level)
Charlotte Bronte (collection level)
Elizabeth Barrett Browning (part to item level)
Edward Burne-Jones (collection level) Sidney Colvin (item level)
Edward Dent (item level)
Edwin Edwards (part to item level)
J W L Glaisher (collection level)
Cecilia Glaisher:  Snow crystals (item level)
John Linnell (items catalogued individually)
Raymond Lister (part to item level)
George Macfarren (collection level)
William Morris (item level)
Sir Robert Peel (part to item level)
Spencer George Perceval bequest (collection level)
Robinson collection: literary letters (item level)
Christine and Dante Gabriel Rossetti Rossetti (item level)
Walter Scott (item level)
Walter Strachan (collection level)
Philip Webb (collection)

Archival collections in JANUS

Wilfrid Scawen Blunt (collection level)
Edward Burne-Jones (part to item level)
Michael Camille (item level)
Keith Grant (item level)
M R James (collection level)
John Linnell (collection level)
William Morris (collection level)
Spencer George Perceval bequest (part to item level)

In addition, researchers looking for particular authors may find it useful to consult the LOCATION REGISTER OF ENGLISH LITERARY MANUSCRIPTS AND LETTERS, hosted by Reading University.

An index of authors is available in the Department. 

 

Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts

are consulted in the Founder’s Library by appointment Tuesday – Friday 10.00 – 13.00 and 14.00 - 16.30.

Please consult the following catalogues:

M.R. James, A Descriptive Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 1895. 

M.R. James, A Descriptive Catalogue of the McClean Collection of Manuscripts in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 1912. 

F. Wormald and P. Giles, A Descriptive Catalogue of the Additional Manuscripts in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 1982. 

A Catalogue of Western Book Illumination in the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Cambridge Colleges, Part I: The Frankish Kingdoms, Northern Netherlands, Germany, Bohemia, Hungary, Austria, The Meuse Region, Southern Netherlands, ed. N. Morgan and S. Panayotova, 2 vols., London and Turnhout: Harvey Miller/Brepols, 2009 

A Catalogue of Western Book Illumination in the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Cambridge Colleges, Part II: Italy and the Iberian Peninsula, ed. N. Morgan, S. Panayotova and S. Reynolds, 2 vols., London and Turnhout: Harvey Miller/Brepols, 2011

A Catalogue of Western Book Illumination in the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Cambridge Colleges, Part IV: The British Isles. Volume I: Insular and Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts, ed. N. Morgan and S. Panayotova, with the assistance of Rebecca Rushforth, London and Turnhout: Harvey Miller/Brepols, 2013

A Catalogue of Western Book Illumination in the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Cambridge Colleges, Part III: France. Volume I: France, c. 1050-c. 1175, ed. D. Jackson, N. Morgan and S. Panayotova, London and Turnhout: Harvey Miller/Brepols, 2015