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Thu 16 November 9:00AM - 6:00PM

Artificial Things - Photography Exhibition

Photography exhibition curated in collaboration with Shutter Hub.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Codebreakers and Groundbreakers

This innovative, interdisciplinary exhibition tells the stories of codebreakers such as Alan Turing and Michael Ventris, and unravels the history of language decipherment and codebreaking through many objects that haven’t before been on public display.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Degas, Caricature and Modernity: Daumier, Gavarni, Keene

Edgas Degas (1834-1917) possessed what his friend Walter Sickert (1860-1942) described as ‘a rollicking and somewhat bear-like sense of fun’. This exhibition looks at three caricaturists and satirists whose work Degas admired and collected in large numbers: Honoré Daumier (1808-79), Paul Gavarni (1804-66) and Charles Keene (1823-91).

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Highlight Degas: a passion for perfection

The Fitzwilliam Museum will mark the centenary of Degas’s death with an exhibition that will exhibit its holdings of works by the artist – the most extensive and representative in the UK.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Degas’s Drinker: portraits by Marcellin Desboutin

Edgar Degas’s famous painting In a Café (L’Absinthe, 1875-6), features a dissolute bearded man whom Degas modeled on his characterful friend and fellow artist Marcellin Desboutin (1832-1902). Both men shared a passion for printmaking and this exhibition explores the Museum’s rare collection of Desboutin’s sensitively executed prints in drypoint

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.

6:30PM - 8:30PM

Highlight Helen Margetts - How social media can work for greater equality in 2027

Professor Helen Margetts, director of the prestigious Oxford Internet Institute, presents her personal, positive vision - and then leads discussion - on how the UK's social media can be a force for greater equality in the year 2027.

6:45PM - 8:30PM

Mediterranean vegetation

Harriet Allen will talk about aspects of the vegetation of the Mediterranean, including its origins and development, relationship to biodiversity and conservation.