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Sat 20 May 9:00AM - 4:30PM

Highlight Discarded History: The Genizah of Medieval Cairo

This exhibition provides a window on the life of a community a thousand years ago – a Jewish community in the centre of a thriving Islamic empire, international in outlook, multicultural in make up, devout to its core.

10:00AM - 1:00PM

Lost

An exhibition by artist Issam Koubaj commemorating those lost at sea while attempting flight from Syria to the island of Lesbos.

10:00AM - 4:00PM

Highlight The Year That Made Antarctica

Over dinner in the spring of 1950 a party of scientists produced an ambitious proposal for a global year of science: the International Geophysical Year was born. With a heavy emphasis on Antarctica, thousands of people from dozens of countries came together to learn about our planet.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Elephants, Deities and Ashoka’s Pillar: Coins of India from antiquity to the present

As part of the commemoration in 2017 of the 70th anniversary of Indian independence - marked by the UK-India Year of Culture - this exhibition, drawn from the Fitzwilliam’s world-class numismatic collection, will explore the history of India through coins produced from the 4th century BC until recent times.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Festival of Plants

Festival of Plants: a day dedicated to bringing plants into focus when the Garden showcases and shares the fascinating world of plant science at its annual Festival of Plants.

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

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 - 5:00PM

Sampled Lives: Samplers from the Fitzwilliam Museum

Showcasing over 100 samplers from the Museum’s excellent but often unseen collection, this display highlights the importance of samplers as documentary evidence of past lives.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Sea to Shore: Paintings by Alfred Wallis & Christopher Wood Kettle’s Yard at the Fitzwilliam Museum

This third display from the Kettle’s Yard collection brings together paintings by Alfred Wallis and Christopher Wood that are inspired by the sea and shore.

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.

12:00PM - 4:00PM

Letter by Letter: sequencing genomes

‘Letter by Letter: sequencing genomes’, uses objects drawn from the Wellcome Genome Campus collection to chart the development of how DNA has been sequenced.

3:00PM - 5:00PM

Eileen Cooper: A Woman's Skin

An important exhibition of seventeen works by Eileen Cooper OBE RA, the first female Keeper of the Royal Academy Schools since its foundation in 1768.

6:30PM - 7:55PM

Evensong

Bach Cantata Evensong with the Choir of St John's College, Cambridge under the direction of Andrew Nethsingha and St John's Sinfonia under the direction of Margaret Faultless

7:30PM

Cambridge Philharmonic

Adams, Adès & Ives

7:30PM - 9:30PM

Highlight Cambridge Philharmonic concert

America: A Prophecy