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Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam Museum has once of the great collections of art and antiquities. There are painting masterpieces from the 14th century to the present day, sculpture, furniture, armour, pottery and manuscripts – from Egypt, the Ancient Near East, Greece, Rome and Cyprus – as well as an ever-changing series of exhibitions. The museum hit the headlines in January 2006 when a visitor reportedly tripped on his shoelaces and completely demolished three 17th century Qing Dynasty vases, which has stood undisturbed in the museum for 60 years. Amazingly, the museums restoration team managed to completely repair the three vases and, less than two years later, they were back on display – in a specially designed safety case!

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