New director for the Fitzwilliam

January 20 2013

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Congratulations to Tim Knox, who has become the new Director of the Fitzwilliam museum in Cambridge - a most covetable role. Tim was formerly at the Soane Museum, which he has transformed through an ambitious, multi-million pound restoration project. I'm not really one for predictions, but I suspect Tim will do similar wonders for the Fitzwilliam, and with ease.

At the top of his list should be the museum's website. Regular readers may remember that I occasionally whinge about the Fitzwilliam's introspection, and particualrly it's inability to keep its site up to date. It comes as no surprise, for example, to find that there is no mention of Tim's appointment. More of a surprise, however, is the fact that The Lamentation by Marcantonio Bassetti, which the museum bought for £225,000 in October 2011, is still not listed in their online database. Happily, at least the Fitzwilliam's bold acquisition of Poussin's Extreme Unction is given appropriate coverage.

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