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Open Day at Madingley Hall

Find out about the variety of adult education courses on offer, hear leading University experts speak on subjects ranging from ancient Egypt to astrophysics, or take a tour of Madingley Hall and Gardens and discover the secrets of this 16th-century mansion!

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Today 8:00AM - 5:00PM

All about the child Live! Learn! Grow!

Partners for Change is one of the charities supported by Great St Mary's. They were founded 30 years ago to respond to the crisis of children orphaned by war and famine in Ethiopia.

9:00AM - 6:00PM

Highlight Private lives of print: The use and abuse of books 1450-1550

An exhibition of over 50 of Cambridge University Library's wonderful early printed books, selected for the stories they tell about the use of books in the first hundred years after the invention of printing.

9:00AM - 7:00PM

Embodied memories – another perspective on research in Africa

Photographic exhibition by Ashley Ouvrier.

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

Modern heroism: printmaking and the legacy of Napoleon Bonaparte

An exhibition to mark the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s defeat at the Battle of Waterloo. Highlights of the exhibition include prints by Charlet and Raffet, who contributed to Napoleon’s heroic legacy through glorifying war and military personnel; works by Delacroix and Gericault that respond to the drama and tragedy of the period; and satirical prints by Daumier.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Moonstrips: Eduardo Paolozzi and the printed collage 1965-72

Eduardo Paolozzi’s use of found images and words cut from popular magazines and scientific journals played a formative role in the development of British art in the 1950s and 60s. He adapted the technique of collage to printed media in spectacular sets – often seen as highlights of Pop Art.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Sensing Space: Streets, Green Houses and Sofas: The Enchantment of Everyday Encounters

An exhibition of pastel paintings by artist Lynne Brown.

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 - 6:00PM

Highlight Rowena Comrie

Rowena Comrie’s art is concerned with confronting the contemporary sublime using specific metaphors to express this concept. Previously she has taken flight as her subject, creating a major body of work.

11:30AM - 5:00PM

New Rhythms: Henri Gaudier-Brzeska Art, Dance and movement 1911–15

2015 marks 100 years since Henri Gaudier-Brzeska died aged 23 in the First World War. His sculpture and drawings reveal an artist constantly experimenting as he sought to capture through art the energy he saw in life.

12:00PM - 5:00PM

Circuit curates: Gaudier-Brzeska

The Circuit group are curating a display in Helen’s bedroom in Kettle’s Yard that explores the artist’s fascination with birds. The display includes sculptures, ink drawings and sketchbooks.

12:00PM - 5:00PM

Contemporary Drawings

To complement New Rhythms, drawings by ten contemporary artists can be found in the house. They range from dynamic sketches to drawings from life, reflecting some of the subjects and approaches to be found in Henri Gaudier-Brzeska’s celebrated drawings. Artists include Aleana Egan, Antony Gormley, Thomas Houseago and Rachel Howard.