The Must-See Collections at The Fitzwilliam Museum This Month

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Cambridge is known for being one of the UK’s most historic and culturally significant cities. With so much history to uncover at iconic institutions like the Fitzwilliam Museum, there is always something new to see, no matter how often you visit us.

If you’re looking for rooms in Cambridge as you explore the local area and uncover its rich history, The Tamburlaine Hotel is situated close to the magnificent Fitzwilliam Museum. Here are some of the top exhibits and artefacts you can expect to find as you stroll its halls this month.

Sampled Lives

This extensive collection of samplers spans three centuries and showcases the amazing talent of the country’s most underrated artists. Embroidery and cross stitching has been practised for generations and has provided a unique look into the lives of our ancestors through colourful and intricate designs that paint a beautiful and unique picture of the past. This collection, which is rarely seen by members of the public, will showcase over 100 different samplers and will highlight the lives of British people from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. If you are heading to The Tamburlaine Hotel this month, be sure to make some time to appreciate the beauty of this collection.

Codebreakers and Groundbreakers

Any fans of technology are sure to get a kick out of this enigmatic exhibit that looks into the history of codebreaking. Some may be aware of the immense effort made by scholars during the Second World War to crack the codes used by enemy states in order to provide intelligence for troops on the front line, helping to keep them safe and prepared. As part of this unique exhibition, GCHQ has loaned an antique enigma machine to the Fitzwilliam Museum in order to showcase the type of technology that helped win the war. This is a truly rare opportunity to learn more about a side to British history that is often overlooked.

Frua-Valsecchi Collection

For those familiar with the names Francesca and Massimo Valsecchi, you will be aware of the amazing collection of artwork they have contributed to the community over the years. For anyone that has not come across these names, this exhibit is an amazing opportunity to discover some of the most beautifully crafted pieces of art in the world. From vibrant paintings to intricate sculptures, the Frua-Valsecchi Collection is full of artistic treasures that will make the day of anyone interested in the wonderful world of art.

Currencies of Conflict

Currencies of Conflict
The narrative of currency and conflict into the 20th century are paper currencies of the Second World War. Britain and its American allies issued currency for liberated areas of Italy and France, and for occupied Germany.

The history of war is full of violent conflict and incredible loss but it has also led to some of the most revealing and hard-hitting artistic movements and exhibitions in history. This unique exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum explores the role of currency in conflicts and sieges. As cities have risen and fallen throughout history at the hands of invaders, one thing has remained the same; the need for cash. Browse this wonderful collection of antique coins and historic currency and see how civilisations throughout time have been introduced to new forms of money as a result of invasions and war.

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