The Cromwell Museum Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of a new Curator to oversee its collections and manage the Museum located on Huntingdon’s High Street. Stuart Orme has now taken on the full time role of Curator/Museum Manager.
Stuart Orme has a History degree and postgraduate qualifications in Education and Museum Studies. For fourteen years Stuart worked for the Heritage service of Vivacity, Peterborough’s cultural trust, leading on the Interpretation and programmes for Peterborough Museum, Flag Fen Bronze Age site and Longthorpe Tower, as well as developing a guided tours programme for the city. He was a key member of the team that refurbished Peterborough Museum in 2012, and for eight years developed and managed Peterborough’s annual Heritage Festival. For the last two years he has been Director of Operations at Peterborough Cathedral, helping develop its programme of events and this year’s programme of celebrations for its 900th anniversary. Stuart has a passion for history and enjoys sharing this with people.
Peter Johnson, Chair of Trustees for the Cromwell Museum Trust said “We’re delighted to welcome Stuart as the new curator of the Museum. He brings a wealth of experience which we are sure will help us realise our ambitions for the Museum and encourage more people to visit”.
Jonathan Djanogly, Huntingdon MP and Museum Trustee said “The Cromwell Museum is one of the jewels in Huntingdon’s crown, which could help bring many more visitors to the town. I’m looking forward to working with Stuart to help realise this potential”. Stuart Orme added “I’m delighted to be appointed to this post, and am really looking forward to working with the trustees and volunteers to look after this incredible collection, and help the Museum and Trust go from strength to strength. Over the coming months we’ll be exploring plans to develop and improve the Museum over the next few years”. 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 The collection comprises nearly 700 items, including portraits, clothing, miniatures, arms and armour, historical documents written by or about Cromwell, and one of his death masks.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 located in the former Huntingdon Grammar School building, which was where Oliver Cromwell went to school.