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Summer Fun at the Cromwell Museum

Whilst Oliver Cromwell may have an undeservedly dour reputation, the Cromwell Museum has a with a series of activities through the rest of August, including ‘Workshop Wednesdays’ craft activities for families, and a guided walk of Cromwell’s Huntingdon,

The Museum is holding regular midweek activity ‘Workshop Wednesdays’, with a different theme each week. These will focus on a different aspect of 17th Century life, have replica items for visitors to handle, and a craft activity for children to enjoy and take away. On Wednesday 18 August there’s a chance to find out more about Cromwellian Smells and Tastes, discovering what types of herbs the Cromwells used to make their food taste yummy, and to make their home and selves smell good. Visitors can make herbal bundles to use in cooking, or to hang around your house, and make your own scent to take home! On Wednesday 25 August the Museum will be exploring Printing and the Press, with a chance to find out how people in the 17th century wrote letters and books.

The Museum is also staging an evening guided walk on Wednesday 23 August at 7pm exploring Cromwell’s Huntingdon. The provides a chance to join the Museum’s curator Stuart Orme for an entertaining and informative guided walk around the centre of Huntingdon, to find out more about what life was like here in Cromwell’s time and his connections to the town.

Stuart Orme, Curator of the Cromwell Museum says “With the school holidays in full swing, we know that lots of families are looking for things to do. As well as exploring some of the remarkable objects we have on display, this is a great chance for families to find out more about life 350 years ago and have a go at some fun activities!”

Situated in the heart of Huntingdon, just off the High Street, the Cromwell Museum holds the best collection of objects relating to the life and times of Oliver Cromwell on public display in the world. The collection comprises nearly 700 items, including portraits, clothing, miniatures, arms and armour, historical documents written by or about Cromwell, and one of his death masks. The Museum is in the former Huntingdon Grammar School building, which was where Oliver Cromwell went to school. In hot weather the Museum has the added advantage of air conditioning kept at 18 degrees centigrade, making it one of the ‘coolest’ buildings in the town!

The ‘Workshop Wednesday’ activities run every Wednesday morning in August, with sessions hourly from 11am. The activities cost £3 per child (to cover material costs); pre-booking is advised via the Museum’s website at www.cromwellmuseum.org. The Cromwell’s Huntingdon Guided walk costs £6 per adult, £4.50 for concessions and again can be pre-booked via the Museum’s website at www.cromwellmuseum.org .