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Fri 8 December 9:00AM - 6:00PM

Artificial Things - Photography Exhibition

Photography exhibition curated in collaboration with Shutter Hub.

9:00AM - 6:00PM

Landscapes Below: Mapping and the New Science of Geology

Landscapes Below celebrates a period of experimental geological map-making in the 19th century, focusing on the use of colour in geological maps and on the development of a visual vocabulary for the new science.

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.

12:00PM - 5:00PM

Highlight DAME ELISABETH FRINK Larger Than Life

Larger Than Life is the first major showing of Dame Elisabeth Frink’s works in East Anglia since her death and includes works from a leading private collection. A daughter of the region, her first representations of warlike figures and the horrors of conflict date from her adolescence spent beside a military airfield in Suffolk during much of the Second World War.

7:00PM - 9:00PM

Christmas Concert

A concert of festive favourites from the Chapel at St John's.