A Day Out in Cambridge
A Day Out in Cambridge, Saturday October 22nd 2016
We arrived at the Fitzwilliam Museum in good time, after a coach ride which was enhanced by the autumnal colours of the trees along the route.
(Who needs New England when we have the Essex countryside on the doorstep?)
The Fitzwilliam has been called the ‘finest small museum in Europe’ even though it has a very large and impressive frontage - plus a Henry Moore sculpture on the grass inside the railings.
Inside, it is light and modern – collections displayed in spacious rooms over three floors. As part of the Museum’s bicentenary celebrations, there is currently an exhibition of Illuminated Manuscripts on the top floor.
Those of us who remember the famous Chinese vase which was inadvertently broken by a visitor in 2006 , were interested to see that it has now been expertly repaired . Some chose to stay, explore the galleries, enjoy the café and browse the Museum Gift Shop, and some to disperse and visit other museums in the area..
Archaeological and Anthropology Museum
The Archaeological and Anthropology Museum in Downing Street which in contrast to the Fitzwilliam is smaller and more Victorian was well worth a visit . Apart from all the archaeological finds , some with original handwritten labels, and many alas, with no labels , there were displays depicting , clothing , weapons and utensils and information about peoples all over the world.
There was also a current Exhibition about the lives of children throughout history which is being funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The Sedgwick Museum , also in Downing Street houses thousands of fossil animals and plants, rocks from around the world . The showcases in the Whewell Gallery there contain many fine mineral specimens arranged in the chemical groups to which they belong.
There is much to see and visit in Cambridge – some Friends made their way to the Botanic Gardens for tea – it was generally ‘a good day out’.