Thinking outside the box

What links a sarcophagus, a Millais painting, an exquisite Anglo-Norman manuscript, and a large tureen in the shape of a carp? Seemingly nothing, but that is the joy of the Fitzwilliam Museum’s collections: something for everyone. But what would it be like for the collection to truly reach everyone? I am entirely thrilled to be one of four postdoctoral researchers… Read full article

An Eighteenth-Century Love Triangle?

A poet, his wife, and “the ugliest of all possible kept mistresses”. In the second instalment of a series on the Fitzwilliam Museum’s Hayley Papers, Lisa Gee introduces an eighteenth-century love triangle. William Hayley married his first wife, Eliza, on the rebound. When it turned out that she couldn’t bear to be touched, they brought another woman into their marriage…. Read full article

Dancing Together at the Museum

What happens if we bring our bodies to the museum … along with our heads and hearts? An experiment at the Fitzwilliam Museum, as part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas 2018,  looked at this disconnect by inviting older people,  young children and their parents to come together and to do just this through an invitation to dance – with art…. Read full article