Please do not touch?

Working in Collections Care at the Fitzwilliam Museum, the thought of people handling the collections can sometimes seem counter-intuitive. Nevertheless, I attended a workshop on tactile access to collections ran by Touring Exhibitions Company (TEG) at thinktank in Birmingham. I found it invaluable for the information and tools it provided. Why do some museums ask visitors not to touch the… Read full article

RA250 at the Fitz: Nigel Hall

Nigel Hall is one of seven Royal Academicians, who have connections with Cambridge, taking part in RA250 at the Fitz.  We asked each to pick a work in our collection that has inspired them and tell us why. Nigel chose a fritware dish, made by an unknown potter from Iran, circa 1260 — circa 1350, on display in Gallery 33…. Read full article

Her Story: Charlotte Brontë’s Letters

The Her Story project’s latest venture takes us to the Fitzwilliam Museum’s Founder’s Library. This beautiful high-ceilinged room is full of treasures – including a set of personal letters from author Charlotte Brontë to her friend and former headmistress Margaret Wooler. Brontë, the author of Jane Eyre, is one of the giants of nineteenth-century literature. The Fitzwilliam’s letters unlock a… Read full article