Talk by Lucilla Burn: Celebrating 200 years – Richard Fitzwilliam and the Fitzwilliam Museum, 1816-2016

Date(s) - Monday 3 October 2016
7:30 pm - 8:45 pm

St Mary Magdalene Church

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Dr Lucilla Burn, Keeper of Antiquities and Assistant Director for Collections at Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge, will be talking about one of Richmond’s many famous inhabitants, Richard, 7th Viscount Fitzwilliam of Merrion.

Richard Fitzwilliam was born in Fitzwilliam (later Pembroke) House on Richmond Green in 1745. He grew up to become a talented musician, collector and connoisseur. His family tomb is in Richmond churchyard, but his true memorial is the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, the result of his bequest of his entire collection and funds to build a “good, substantial and convenient museum”.

In her talk, Dr Burn will discuss Fitzwilliam’s life and character and sketch the origins and development of the Fitzwilliam Museum over the past 200 years. This is a fundraising event for the Museum of Richmond. Tickets are £10 (£8 for Museum of Richmond supporters).