What’s On

Find out about upcoming events and what's on at the Cromwell Museum Huntingdon

The Cromwell Museum
The Cromwell Museum

UPCOMING EVENTS

Lego Siege!

Tuesday 1 May – Sunday 3 June; as per normal opening hours, FREE

Come and see a huge Lego model of an English Civil War siege, built by Huntingdon’s own Lego Maestro Mike Addis. This 7’ x 9’ model recreates the siege of Basing House in 1645, where Parliamentary forces commanded by Cromwell took the ‘grandest house in England’. Built using over 150,000 bricks, this is a very impressive model!

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Oliver Cromwell: Why should we care? 

A study day organised by the Cromwell Association and Friends of the Cromwell Museum

Saturday 2 June, 10.30am – 3.30pm Huntingdon Town Hall

A back to basics study day with expert speakers looking at Cromwell’s career and why it is important and worth studying. The morning will have four contributions looking at different aspects of Cromwell, and will be followed by a chaired panel discussion, with the opportunity to ask questions. Whether you are relatively new to Cromwell studies or have a life-long interest, this event will be an interesting and stimulating day. Cost £30 per person (including lunch).For more  information and bookings online at www.olivercromwell.org

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Civil War comes to Huntingdon!

30th June 10am – 4pm

The opening event of the Huntingdonshire History Festival; all day re-enactment by the Sealed Knot with Living History camp, drill displays and displays of a 17th century court in the Town Hall. We’ll also have stalls from local museums including: Ramsey Rural Museum, Norris Museum, Godmanchester Porch Museum and St. Neots Museum, as well as a children’s arts & crafts event and tea and cake in All Saints Church.Details can be seen here 

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Up Close with the Cromwell Collection

Tuesday 3 July and Tuesday 17 July, 7pm, FREE

Join us for a tour of the Cromwell Museum and its collections with the museum’s curator Stuart Orme. Discover some of the stories behind this world class collection of objects, with a rare opportunity to see some of the treasures outside of their cases.

Places are limited and should be pre-booked online at: https://huntshistoryfest.wordpress.com/ 

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Huntingdon and the Civil War

Thursday 5 July at 7pm, FREE

Talk held at the George Hotel

Find out about what happened in Huntingdon during the Civil War, including the battle of Huntingdon in 1645 with local historian and Cromwell Museum volunteer John Davies. The talk will compare Huntingdon against events across the country to examine whether it was typical of most communities, or how different given Cromwell’s associations with the area. The talk will also set some records “straight”, challenging some oft repeated assertions about this fascinating period in our history. More details and bookings at: https://huntshistoryfest.wordpress.com/ 

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Meet a Civil War Soldier

EVERY Friday in July, 1pm – 3pm, FREE

Pop in to the Museum and meet a Civil War Soldier; ask questions about 17th century life and the English Civil War and see the weapons, clothes and food that a soldier in the English Civil War had.

 

Workshop Wednesdays

EVERY Wednesday in August, 11.30am – 1pm, £2 per child

A great summer holiday activity for families! Drop into the Museum and take part in a different craft activity each week to take away with a 17th century theme to it. Make your own replica of Cromwell’s hat, design your own Civil War flag or make a sweet smelling pomander! No need to book, just come on the day.

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Recruits Required!

Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd September, 11.30am – 3pm, £3 per child

Find out what life was like during the Civil War with a great range of activities to complete as part of a family-friendly trail. Explore the museum, try on replica clothing and armour, find out about 17th century food and cures, make your own helmet and learn some pike drill. If you’re successful as a soldier you’ll be rewarded with a coin for your pay to take away! No need to book, just come on the day.