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Ancient Egypt Project

On 4 October 2004 the Egyptian Galleries at the Fitzwilliam Museum closed to allow a major project of renovation and redisplay to be carried out

Conserving Ancient Egypt

A conservation and technical investigation project accompanied the refurbishment of the Egyptian Galleries. It continued with additional objects for rotation into the displays and preparation for publication of the research.

Working with Older People

The Fitzwilliam Museum works with community and social care partners to develop projects and programmes for older people, including people living with dementia at home.

 

Working with Teachers and Trainees

Since 2006 the Learning team have been working with Initial Teacher Training institutions across the region to encourage future teachers to use museums as a learning resource. This work positions museums as long-term partners for the education sector

 

Working with Young People

SOURCE supports GCSE, BTEC and AS/A Level Art and Design students as they prepare for their exams in the Spring Term.

 

Working with Schools

The Fitzwilliam Museum offers an extensive school programme across all Key Stages and a variety of curriculum areas. 

 

Working with Families

The Fitzwilliam Museum offers a variety of activities and resources for families visiting the museum. Many of these activities are free.

 

MINIARE: Manuscript Illumination: Non-Invasive Analysis, Research and Expertise

This project is transforming our understanding of medieval painting by using non-invasive analytical methods to identify the materials and techniques in illuminated manuscripts. 

Working with the Children in the Early Years

The museum runs an innovative programme of sessions for children aged 0-5 years. We believe that children are curious, capable, and confident learners from birth. Our gallery educators devise activities that enable very young children to learn from and within the museum collections.

 

Learning research

The Learning Department run a number of exciting projects and programmes with different audiences which you can find our more about by following the links on the right hand side of the page.

Cambridge Illuminations Research Project

Researching the nearly 4000 illuminated manuscripts and incunabula preserved at the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Cambridge Colleges, this project is internationally recognised for unearthing new evidence about manuscript production, patronage and use.

Rediscovering Greece and Rome

Between 2008 and 2010 the Fitzwilliam Museum's principal display of Greek and Roman art and archaeology was dismantled and completely re-installed.

Medieval European Coinage

Medieval European Coinage is a major international work of reference for medieval numismatists, archaeologists and historians. The series of some 20 volumes, published by Cambridge University Press, will cover the coinage of Europe c. 450 to c. 1500, region by region. The MEC Project is producing the first comprehensive survey of European medieval coinages since the Traité de numismatique du moyen âge of Engel and Serrure (3 vols, 1891-1905). Each volume of MEC provides an authoritative, up-to-date account of the coinage of an area, written by experts in the field. The text is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue of the coins in the unrivalled collection of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, largely formed by Professor Philip Grierson. 

Checklist of Coin Hoards from the British Isles, c.450-1180

The Checklist of Coin Hoards from the British Isles, c. 450-1180, maintains a comprehensive list of hoards from the Anglo-Saxon period, Norman and early Plantagenet periods.

Sylloge of Coins of the British Isles

The British Sylloge project was first promoted in the early 1950s by Christopher Blunt and other members of the British and Royal Numismatic Societies. An informal committee was formed under the chairmanship of Sir Frank Stenton, who in 1956 secured its admission as a Committee of the British Academy. The first volume, on Anglo-Saxon coins in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, was published by the British Academy in 1958; almost 70 further volumes have since been published, covering more than two hundred national, university and provincial museums, as well as select private collections, in Britain and Ireland and of museums in Scandinavia, Germany, Poland, Latvia, Estonia, Russia and the United States of America.

Medieval Islamic Lustre Ware Pottery

Medieval lustre wares form a significant part of the Museum's Islamic pottery collection, currently being researched and recorded. A new technique called polynomial texture mapping is being used with selected objects. This enables viewing of an item on screen under varying light conditions in a way that previously was only possible by handling the object.

Outreach Greece and Rome

We believe that your visit to the collections of Greece and Rome should be an engaging and interactive experience.

Kangxi Chinese vases conservation

An incident in the Museum on Wednesday 25 January 2006 involving a member of the public resulted in damage to three huge oriental porcelain vases which had been on display for many decades.

The Greek and Roman Gallery Online

Welcome to the online version of the Fitzwilliam Museum’s gallery of Greece and Rome (Gallery 21), which features Greek and Roman art and archaeology between about 3,000 BC and AD 350. 

Flower paintings and drawings

The Fitzwilliam Museum has one of the most significant collections of flower paintings and botanical drawings and watercolours in the world. 

The Lansdowne Relief

The Lansdowne Relief is the Department of Antiquity’s newest acquisition, although it has been on loan to the Museum since 2004 and on display in the Greek and Roman Gallery since 2010.

The Fitzwilliam 'Sheldon' Tapestries: Content, context and controversy

Dr Louis Clarke presented four small late sixteenth-century tapestry items to the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge where he was formerly director. Three are furnishing items probably once part of a set of six cushions showing a narrative story.

African Combs

This project is multi-disciplinary and will combine new archaeological, anthropological and sociological research with community engagement.

The Search for Immortality: Tomb Treasures of Han China

Featuring over 350 treasures in jade, gold, silver, bronze and ceramics, discover the secrets of ancient China’s 2000 year old royal tombs.

Watson Medals Catalogue Home

British and other Campaign and Gallantry Medals from the Collection of Lester Watson (1889-1959)

Material Cultures in Public Engagement

Supported by the TOPOI Excellence Cluster.

Re-approaching Ancient Cyprus

A re-contextualisation and redisplay of the Fitzwilliam Museum’s collections of Ancient Cypriot artefacts to reflect the close affinities of the island of Cyprus with its neighbours, particularly the Aegean, Near Eastern and North African cultures, across time.  The project will also bring to light the fundamental role the island has played in trade across the Mediterranean region, as well as the way its insularity has shaped a unique cultural identity, allowing indigenous cultural forms to be preserved and transmitted whilst new ideas and external influences   are simultaneously assimilated.  Supported by the A. G. Leventis Foundation.

Clocks and Watches Documentation Project

A multiphase project to document, repair, research and display the Fitzwilliam’s outstanding collection of clocks and watches.

‘To be Treasured for a Thousand Years’: Chinese Bronzes at the Fitzwilliam Museum

This project is cataloguing and researching the Fitzwilliam Museum’s collection of Chinese bronzes, examining how the objects were cast and used, as well as their cultural influences.

Degas: A Passion for Perfection

Degas’s pursuit of the mastery of his creative means is evident in his relentless experimentation with technical procedures throughout his long career. This exhibition draws on the extensive but still little-known collections of the Fitzwilliam Museum to examine Degas’s practice and processes in the wide range of media in which he worked. 

Οutreach Egypt

These resources have been developed as part of a two-year project entitled ‘working with prisons’ and aim to provide access for those currently unable to visit the museum, or wishing to obtain further information about Egyptian and Nubian cultures.

Early Medieval Corpus Single Finds of Coins in the British Isles, 410-1180

A project to gather together into a single database all of the single finds of coins minted 410-1180 found in the British Isles.

Michelangelo – A Discovery

Unsigned and undocumented, yet evidently by a great Renaissance master, the Rothschild bronzes were loaned to the Fitzwilliam Museum from summer 2014 until autumn 2015 and became the centre of a major international, interdisciplinary research project led by Dr Victoria Avery (Keeper, Applied Arts) and Professor Paul Joannides (Emeritus Professor of Art History, University of Cambridge). Visual analysis and circumstantial evidence have permitted the Principal Investigators to propose that they are early works by Michelangelo, datable to c. 1506-08.  A multi-authored volume on the Rothschild bronzes is currently being prepared for publication (spring 2017). 

Cambridge Theban Tombs Project

This project, underway since 1994, documents tomb contexts and burial practice at Thebes (ancient Luxor). Recent work has focussed on ritual and burial practice within the landscape of ancient Thebes; robbery and recycling of stolen funerary goods; publication of fieldwork.

Designers and Jewellery 1850-1940: Jewellery and Metalwork from the Fitzwilliam Museum

This project will result in a beautifully-illustrated publication that will explore the Museum’s rarely-seen and exceptional collection of jewellery and metalwork, dating from 1850 to 1950. Focusing on individual designers, and often reproducing the original designs for the Museum’s objects, this book will act as a guide to the variety of styles that evolved during this dynamic period.

The Glynn Collection of Parian Ware

The Fitzwilliam Museum has recently been allocated the David Glynn collection of English parian ware statuary, totalling 360 pieces. Parian, a type of bisque porcelain imitating pure white marble from Paros in Greece, was invented in around 1845, and had the advantage over marble in being cheaper and easier to mass reproduce.  In collaboration with the Department of Art History at Birmingham University, the Fitzwilliam will be seeking funding to document and research this collection of national significance. Planned outcomes include a conference and a publication examining the manufacturing processes and social context of 19th-century parian ware, as well as the creation of a teaching collection.

A History of the Fitzwilliam Museum

To mark the Fitzwilliam Museum’s bicentenary, the Museum commissioned research into its own history, hitherto no more than cursorily treated in the prefaces to general Museum books or catalogues. The research involved in-depth investigation and assimilation of the contents of the Museum’s own archive, besides documents preserved in the archives of the University and national and regional archives. 

The principal output of this project has been Lucilla Burn’s publication, The Fitzwilliam Museum: a History

Ancient Egyptian Coffins

This project takes an integrated look at both the iconography and structure of Ancient Egyptian coffins, drawing together curatorial, conservation and scientific research, and experimental archaeology. This approach will result in a more complete history of each object. 

Conserv'd

Supported by grants from the Charlotte Bonham-Carter Charitable Trust and the Marlay Group, the CONSERV’D project plans to transform documentation procedures and practices within the Conservation Department at the Fitzwilliam Museum. This will significantly improve the efficiency and sustainability of our work and, ultimately, the accessibility of the collections for scholars, students and the public.