The Cromwell Museum are happy to announce that their doors have re-opened, from 11am – 4pm!
Right now, they’re still only opening from Wednesday – Saturday. Social distancing measures will remain in place, and they’ll be limiting the numbers who can visit the museum at any one time. However, the museum is open on Tuesdays for guided tours designed for groups/bubbles and families who wish to keep their distance from others and these slots can be booked via the website at: www.cromwellmuseum.org/
Throughout the museum there are safety measures in place to keep the public, as well as museum staff and volunteers, as safe as possible while the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
The museum shop is of course still open, staff will be delighted to show you the newly refurbished space which is very different if you have visited before. It was only in March, just a few weeks before lockdown, that the museum was able to re-open its doors after a 9 month long refurbishment process.
The Cromwell Museum is home to the best collection of items relating to the life and times of Oliver Cromwell on public display anywhere in the world. The collection comprises over 800 items, including portraits, clothing, miniatures, arms and armour, historical documents written by or about Cromwell, and displays one of his death masks.
The Museum is located in the former Huntingdon Grammar School building, standing the centre of Huntingdon’s Market Square, which was where Oliver Cromwell was educated as a schoolboy. The building itself is all that remains of a medieval hospital, built to provide hospitality for travellers and pilgrims in the 12th century.
The Museum tells the story of Cromwell’s life, from his time at the school and his early years in Huntingdon and St Ives, before he became involved in national politics. On display you can see the vestry book of the parish of St Ives, which includes his signature, and some of his possessions, including his hat. By contrast, the Museum’s exhibits include luxurious items given to Cromwell later in life, including a magnificent Florentine perfume cabinet, which was a gift from the Grand Duke of Tuscany; and a 17th century medicine chest still with its surgical instruments and tools, which Cromwell is said to have taken on campaign with him.
The museum is planning to have children’s summer activities on line very soon, which will be available from their website.
I hope that this article has given you a flavour of the museum and fostered a desire to see for yourself. So please do come by for a visit!
For more information, please visit our website! https://www.cromwellmuseum.org/