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James Faure Walker - painting and digital works

Painting and digital media exhibition by London based artist James Faure Walker

9:00AM - 6:00PM

Highlight A damned serious business: Waterloo 1815, the battle and its books

The 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo is being marked in our current exhibition, featuring a selection of the Library’s books, maps and manuscripts to commemorate the most famous battle in modern European history.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

A Young Man’s Progress

An impressive display of five modern photographic recreations - printed to large scale - telling the fictional story of Matthew Smith, a young man from North London, who is obsessed with clothes. The modern photographs are based upon images commissioned between 1520 and 1560 by Matthäus Schwarz, one of the most committed fashion innovators of his time.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Close-up and personal: Eighteenth-century gold boxes from the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection

Fashionable among both men and women, these exquisite and elegant containers were one of the most popular accessories in 18th century Europe. They were often used to hold snuff (a scented preparation of powdered tobacco) or sweetmeats. The most lavish and precious boxes were the choice present of royalty and exemplify court culture and fashion en miniature.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Designed to Impress: Highlights from the print collection

This exhibition features a selection of some of the Fitzwilliam's most spectacular prints from the fifteenth to the twenty-first centuries, giving visitors an insight into the extraordinary breadth of the collection.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Highlight Ruskin’s Turners

The Fitzwilliam Museums’ collection of watercolours by J.M.W. Turner was founded in 1861 by the generous gift of twenty-five watercolours from John Ruskin, Turner’s most fervent champion and critic.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

The Labours of Herakles

Worlds collide as an ancient hero takes his labours to colonial New Zealand in this exhibition, "The Labours of Herakles", a series of lithographs by artist Marian Maguire.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Treasured Possessions from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment

A dazzling journey through the decorative arts: from the hand-crafted luxuries of the Renaissance to the first stirrings of mass commerce in the Enlightenment.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Highlight Watercolour- Elements of nature

Stunning landscapes, exquisite portrait miniatures and delicate flower drawings by masters including Samuel Palmer and Paul Cézanne - the collection of watercolours in the Fitzwilliam Museum is one of the finest in the world.

10:30AM - 2:30PM

Summer at the museums - a sailor's life

Family craft activities

10:30AM - 4:30PM

Highlight River Stars Reindeer: Imaging Evenki and Orochen communities of Inner Mongolia and Siberia

River Stars Reindeer at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology shows previously unseen photographs made by Ethel Lindgren and Sergei Shirokogoroff in the early part of the twentieth century. The exhibition came about through a digital sharing project to reunite present-day Evenki and Orochen communities with these images of their family histories and cultural heritage.

10:30AM - 4:30PM

Highlight The Power of Paper: 50 Years of Printmaking from Australia, Canada and South Africa

From the mid-twentieth century onwards, colonized peoples and indigenous communities began to represent themselves through art in modern media. In Australia, Canada and South Africa, they depicted culture, history and struggle through printmaking. This exhibition at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is a revelation of eloquent art made by black and indigenous artists since the 1960s.

11:00AM - 1:30PM

Summer at the museums - electronics lab: build a Pong console

Children's electronics workshop

11:00AM - 8:00PM

Highlight Sculpture in the close - free exhibition of contemporary sculptors

Jesus College is showcasing contemporary British and Irish sculptors in a free outside exhibition this summer.

12:00PM - 4:00PM

Summer at the museums - let's go fly a kite

Family kite-making activity

6:30PM - 8:00PM

Life clubs - Self improvement workshops

Life clubs was created in 2004 by Nina Grunfeld, best-selling author of The Life Book. Sessions are every Wednesday.