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Sundays & Bank Holidays: 12:00 - 17:00


Friends of the Fitzwilliam Summer 2017 Events

Tickets for all Friends events are now only available through Cambridge Live, online, by phone or in person.

ONLINE and PHONE bookings open 10.00am on Friday 21 April

COUNTER-SALES open at 12 noon on Friday 21 April


To book by phone call 01223 357851.

In person visit City Centre Box Office, 2 Wheeler Street, Cambridge CB2 3QB

Box Office Opening Hours
Phone Line Monday - Saturday 10.00-18.00
Counter Sales Monday - Friday 12.00-18.00
Saturday 10.00-18.00

Full details of all Friends events can be found in the latest newsletter.


History of Art Graduate Student Talks

Wednesday 26 April • 12.00 – 13.00

Come and hear History of Art graduate student, Kamila Kocialkowska, talk about her research and interests.

Russian Rulers in the Fitz Collection: Prints, Portraits and Death Masks from the Romanov Dynasty

Places: 20 - Friends only
Cost: Free, but booking essential
Meet in the Friends’ Room at 11.30 for coffee and cake


The Altarpieces in King’s College Chapel

Due to popular demand we are repeating this event

Friday 28 April • 14.00 – 15.30

The Chapel of King’s College, one of the great treasures of world architecture, is rightly celebrated for its heraldic sculpture, its magnificent fan vault, its Renaissance carved screen and beautiful stained-glass. It also houses a number of paintings acquired at different times by the College, some of them not always fully noticed by visitors. Jean Michel Massing, Emeritus Professor at the History of Art Department, University of Cambridge and Fellow of King’s College, has published widely on numerous subjects. With him, we will study the Flemish early sixteenth-century altarpiece The Adoration of the Magi by the Master of the Von Groote Adoration, Gert van Lon’s Madonna of the Rosary, Girolamo Siciolante’s Deposition and Rubens’ Adoration of the Magi.

Places: 20 • Friends only • Cost: £15

Venue: Meet outside the Porter’s Lodge of King’s College on King’s Parade



History of Art Graduate Student Talks

Wednesday 24 May • 12.00 – 13.00

Come and hear History of Art graduate student, Paula Fayos-Perez, talk about her research and interests.

Goya’s ‘Caprichos’: Between Fantasy and Reality

Places: 20 - Friends only
Cost: Free, but booking essential
Meet in the Friends’ Room at 11.30 for coffee and cake







The Trinity College Clock

Wednesday 17 May • 10.30 – 12.15

The Trinity College Clock in Great Court was installed in 1910 and is remarkably accurate, known to be better than one second per month, but it was only in 2009 that a system was introduced to monitor the “going”.

Dr Hugh Hunt, the Keeper of the Clock and a Senior Member of the Department of Engineering, oversaw the “going” project to attach a sensor on the clock pendulum and compare it to the accurate time signal from a GPS receiver. This data is streamed continuously via

Dr Hugh Hunt will kindly introduce Friends to the clock, explain the “going” project, and lead us up the Great Tower to view the mechanism as it strikes 12 noon.

Places: 12 • Friends only • Cost: £15
Venue: Meet at Trinity College Porter’s Lodge, near the Great Gate on Trinity Street

Please note: The tour includes climbing a narrow staircase




Welcome Coffee, Cake and Museum: Tour for New Friends

Saturday 10 June • 10.00 - 12.00

If you are new to the Friends, would like the opportunity to meet other Friends and wish to be better acquainted with the Fitzwilliam Museum’s collections, please do join us for refreshments and a guided tour of the Museum, led by Sarah Burles. Meet in the Friends Room from 10.00 for coffee and cake before the tour at 10.45.

Places: 20 • Cost: Free, but booking essential
Please email: to register
Venue: The Fitzwilliam Museum, arrive via the Courtyard Entrance



Friends’ Study Morning

From Script to Print: A Fifteenth-Century Revolution?

Tuesday 13 June • 10.15 – 12.30

As we live through a communications revolution in the move from print to digital, this behind-the-scenes study morning will offer the chance to explore an equally fundamental change; the coming of print to Europe in the second half of the fifteenth century.

Led by Dr Suzanne Reynolds and Edward Cheese of the Department of Manuscripts and Printed Books, the morning will draw on recent research on and conservation of the incunabula (books printed in Europe before 1501) in the Museum’s collection. In the Founder’s Library, Suzanne will display examples of early printing and discuss how the first printers drew on manuscript culture and illumination. Edward will concentrate on the impact which this, the first form of mass production, had on bookbinders. Participants will be able to explore the technical developments in making book structures together with the implications for conservation.

Places: 30 • Guests welcome • Cost: £20 includes tea and cake
Venue: Meet in the Friends’ Room at 10.15


Friends’ Summer Party at Murray Edwards College

Tuesday 27 June • 18.30 – 20.30

We are delighted that this year’s Summer Party will be held at Murray Edwards College, by kind invitation of their President, Dame Barbara Stocking, in the Fellows’ Drawing Room, Dining Room and Garden.

Murray Edwards was founded over 60 years ago as the third Cambridge College to provide education for outstanding women. In 2008, Alumna Ros Edwards and her husband Steve Edwards, donated £30 million to the College – at the time the largest personal donation in the University’s 800 year history. The College acknowledged the foundation endowment from the Edwards family by changing its name from New Hall College to Murray Edwards College.

The College is built in the grounds of The Orchard, a large house part-owned by Norah Barlow, granddaughter of Charles Darwin and a distinguished plantswoman. Dame Rosemary Murray, the first President, planned and planted the gardens around the College in an informal style. The herbaceous border at the end of the Library was her particular favourite and this area is now known as the  Rosemary Murray Garden.

With over 450 modern and contemporary artworks by women artists, the New Hall Art Collection is regarded as the most significant of its kind in Europe. In the gardens, you can see works by Barbara Hepworth, Naomi Press and Nicola Hicks.

Places: 120 • Guests welcome
Cost: £25 to include wine, canapés and a talk by the curator of the New Hall Art Collection
Venue: Murray Edwards College, Huntingdon Road, CB3 QDF
Parking available at rear of college off Storey’s Way (Car Park 1)
Organiser: Cazzy Walshe


Visit to Elton Hall House and Gardens

Tuesday 4 July • 9.30 – 16.30

Standing proud in its unspoilt landscaped parkland where a house has stood since the 12th century, Elton Hall has been the home of the Proby family since 1660, although previous generations held land at Elton from the time of Elizabeth I. Its Gothic south elevation is set at a right angle to the classical,

French inspired, entrance wing, giving Elton Hall an enchanting and magical feel. The garden, originally laid out in the 1670s, has developed over the centuries, and has been completely revitalised in the last 35 years.

Lady Proby has very kindly offered to welcome Friends before a private mid-morning tour of the house with experienced guides (1¼ hours) followed by a buffet lunch at The Walled Garden. After lunch, the Head Gardener will guide us through the formal and private gardens (45 mins) and then there will be time to enjoy the surroundings at your leisure.

Places: 50 • Guests welcome • Cost: £47.50 includes morning coffee and buffet lunch
Venue: Elton Hall, near Peterborough

09.30 Cambridge Trumpington P&R – coach collection
10.00 Arrival (approx.) for refreshments in the Old Billiard Room and an introduction to the house and gardens by Lady Proby
11.00 Private tours of the house
12.45 Knife and fork buffet lunch at The Walled Garden
14.15 Guided visit to the formal and private gardens followed by leisure time
16.00 Departure – coach to Trumpington P&R

Please note: The house is not wheelchair accessible. The gardens feature gravel and paved paths. There will be a fair degree of walking required throughout the day, involving large spaces, slopes, steps and uneven surfaces.