Opening Reception

The Fitzwilliam Museum : After Hours

The 2012 Alumni Weekend
Opening Reception

Alumni are welcome to attend
  • Reception and tour(s)
  • Reception only (no tours)
  • Tour(s) only
You will need to book for each element that you wish to attend.

Event Description

Join five hundred fellow thinkers at the exclusive opening party at the Fitzwilliam Museum to network, visit the galleries and to help get the 2012 Alumni Weekend off to a flying start.

This year, when the wine has finished flowing the Museum will remain open, giving you the chance to view the Museum's extraordinary collections - including the stunning Han China exhibition - without the crowds. In addition, guest will have the option of guided tours of the galleries, giving exclusive insight into the Museum's rare and exquisite treasures.

Taking place in the imposing Founder's Building under an array of Impressionist paintings, this event brings together the best of what Alumni Weekend has to offer: academic expertise, a collegiate sociability and a peerless opportunity to meet new contacts.

Give the Vice-Chancellor's inside track on his vision for the future of the University and share your views on how alumni should take part in that future. Chat to fellow alumni and academics - and enjoy the buzz of being back in Cambridge.

6.00pm - 8.30pm 
Event Opening Times
6.00pm - 7.00pm
Drinks reception with canapés and access to six of the Museum's Galleries 
7.00pm - 8.30pm
All first floor Galleries open for independent viewing 
Entrance to the Fitzwilliam Museum is via the main entrance in the Founder's building (street level access via Courtyard entrance on request)

Museum Galleries

As well as the permanent collection, the first floor Galleries incorporate the following exhibitions:

The Search for Immortality:
Tomb Treasures of Han China - the most remarkable collection of ancient royal treasures ever to travel outside China.

Designed to Impress:
Highlights from the print collection, including prints by Rembrandt, Durer, Degas and Picasso

Prints by George Shaw and Michael Landy, examining the overlooked areas that exist between city and countryside

Guided Tours

Blue Badge Tours Antiquities Collection
7.00pm - 7.45pm
7.45pm - 8.30pm
7.00pm - 7.45pm
7.45pm - 8.30pm
Enjoy the benefit of a guided tour of a selection of the Museum's art collections which date from the 13th century to the present day. 
Highlights include works by Italian Renaissance artists, a distinguished group of portraits and portrait miniatures by British artists and a remarkable range of works by French Impressionist painters
Lucilla Burn, Keeper of Antiquities will lead an exclusive tour of the Collection which will offer vivid glimpses into aspects of ancient life and death in Cyprus, Greece, Rome and Egypt. Highlights will include the recently purchased Roman marble 'Lansdowne Relief', and an exhibition of Medieval Cypriot ceramics, currently on loan from the Leventis Municipal Museum in Nicosia.

Additional Information: This is an exclusive tour as the Antiquities Collection will not otherwise be open during the reception.