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Open Day at the Institute of Continuing Education

Join us for our Open Day on Saturday 1 April 2017 and find out about our part-time and short courses for adults of all ages. Hear University experts speaking on their specialist subjects, and get a flavour of what it’s like to study at historic Madingley Hall.

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Today 10:00AM - 4:00PM

Highlight Dick Laws: Antarctic Scientist and Artist, A retrospective

An exhibition revealing the interplay between the scientific and artistic work of the leading marine mammal scientist of his generation, Dick Laws (1926-2014).

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Being Modern: Kettle’s Yard at the Fitzwilliam Museum

Works by artists who sought to make a new art responding to the modern world are brought together.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Highlight Fairground Model Show

One-off chance to see a fairground in miniature in Cambridge

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Honey from Many Flowers: Carl Wilhelm Kolbe and Salomon Gessner’s Idylls

Carl Wilhelm Kolbe (1759–1835), produced prints after a set of landscape drawings by Salomon Gessner (1730-88), which capture the Romantic period’s preoccupation with the pastoral idyll and delight in the natural world. This exhibition showcases a recently acquired complete set of Kolbe’s twenty-five etchings, issued in five parts from 1805-11.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Houghton’s Emperors: Portraits and power

A Cambridge viewing for two impressive marble busts of Roman Emperors Commodus and Septimius Severus. For a short time this winter enjoy them in the Museum, with an encircling display evoking both their ancient and their 18th century contexts, and the enduring power of portraits.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Highlight Madonnas & Miracles

Peer through the keyhole of the Italian Renaissance home and discover a hidden world of religious devotion. Bringing together a wealth of objects, including jewellery, ceramics, books, sculptures and paintings, the exhibition invites us into a domestic sphere that was charged with spiritual significance.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Making Waves: Discovering seascapes through drawings and watercolours

This exhibition brings together many rarely seen drawings and watercolours from across the collection, especially the bequest of Sir Bruce Ingram, that depict tempestuous seas, naval battles, serene harbours and bustling shores with fishermen selling their catch.

10:00AM - 6:00PM

When the Heavens Meet the Earth: Selected works from Robert Devereux's Sina Jina Collection of Contemporary Art

When the Heavens Meet the Earth brings together selected works from Robert Devereux’s contemporary art collection, highlighting his commitment to emerging artists who challenge Western preconceptions of, and hegemony over, cultural expression and contemporary art.

11:00AM - 5:00PM

Under the knife at St John’s: A medical history of disease and dissection

This exhibition features treasures from the Special Collections at St John’s College that relate to the history of medicine. The manuscripts, incunabula, artefacts and illustrations on display demonstrate medical beliefs and perceptions from as early as the 13th century and feature plenty of potions, plague and pestilence.