Dates and times: 7 March, 10.00-12.30 and 8 March, 10.00-12.00

This Masterclass will take place in two sessions across 7th and 8th March. On 7th March, an invited group of experts from across the UK will come together with a selection of objects from the Fitzwilliam’s collection of Islamic ceramics. Through close object study session, these experts will discuss and share their expertise on the objects. Students in this masterclass will be teamed with experts, to record this information-sharing (through voice memos and handwritten transcriptions), so that catalogue records can be updated on the Museum’s collections management database.

In a shorter session on the morning of 8th March, you will come together with a smaller group of these invited experts and a smaller selection of objects. Together with a member of the Fitzwilliam Museum’s Documentation and Interpretation teams, you will discuss what kind of information you would put into a collections management database or on a gallery/exhibition label, and why. By the end of the Masterclass, you will have drafted a label for one of the objects on the table, incorporating what you learned in the study session the previous day.

Suggested Reading

– Oliver Watson, Ceramics from Islamic Lands (Thames & Hudson, Kuwait National Museum, Al-Sabah Collection, 2004)
– Oliver Watson, Persian Lustre Ware (Faber & Faber, 1985)


This event is part of the CVC Masterclass series. It is open to University of Cambridge students only.

To register for this class, please send an email to by Wednesday 28 February with a short statement on the benefits of participation in this masterclass to your studies. You will be notified whether you have a place in the masterclass by Friday 1 March.