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

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Collection Highlights

Under the extraordinarily dynamic Directorship of Sydney Cockerell (1908-37), The Fitzwilliam Museum acquired a remarkable collection of manuscripts and autographs associated with some of the towering figures of literature and art. These include the original draft of Keats’s Ode to a Nightingale and Thomas Hardy’s autograph manuscript of Jude the Obscure; Virginia Woolf’s hand-written draft of A Room of One’s Own followed soon after. An important and revelatory series of letters by Charlotte Brontë, autograph copies of works by World War I poets Rupert Brooke and Siegfried Sassoon, and extensive literary holdings from the Pre-Raphaelite circle and Arts and Crafts movement all testify to Cockerell’s holistic vision of literature and the arts.