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

 

 

Doors open 18.30 with a chance to view Flux exhibition, and some archive BBC film clips
Debate: 19.00 – 20.00

Panel discussion with: Mary Beard (Professor of Classics, Cambridge University and co-presenter of Civilisations), Sadiah Qureshi (Senior Lecturer in Modern History, Birmingham University), Matt Smith (Artist and curator of Flux, Professor of Ceramics and Glass, Konstfack University Stockholm).

Civilsations event panellists

In 1969, Kenneth Clark, in his iconic television series, asked the British people: 'What is civilisation?' Nearly fifty years on, the BBC is returning to Clark's question and responding with a range of 'personal views' from some of our leading historians and curators today. The BBC has called the series and the accompanying season Civilisations because they want to celebrate a wide range of responses.

The Civilisations Festival runs from 2 – 11 March, which coincides with the opening of our Flux exhibition, featuring 100 sculptural busts in Parian – a kind of porcelain. The subjects include well known 19th-century figures, but curator Matt Smith asks why do museums celebrate the lives of some people and ignore others? Who writes history? Whose histories define Britishness, and how does this change over time?

Booking essential, visit: Cambridge Live Tickets website or tel: 01223 357851
Half of the available seats will be reserved free of charge for sixth form students, but they do need to be booked. If you are an interested sixth form teacher or student please email: events@fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

 

 

 

 

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