Adopt an Object


Support the Cromwell Museum by adopting one of our iconic artefacts. Adoption lasts for 12 months. Please see at the end of the page for how to adopt an object and associated benefits!
Adopted

Cromwell’s Hat

Our most iconic object, an original 17th century hat believed to have been worn by Cromwell at the dismissal of the Rump Parliament in 1653
£1000 : Limited to 1 adoption
With thanks to:
Generous benefactor

The ‘Court and Kitchen of Elizabeth Cromwell’, 1664

Mrs Cromwell’s cookery book, published by Royalists as a piece of anti-Cromwell propaganda. The recipes are a window into eating habits in the mid-1600s.
£50 : Limited to 10 adoptions
Adopted

Florentine Chest

A beautiful ‘Florentine Chest’ given to Cromwell as a diplomatic gift by the Grand Duke of Tuscany in 1656; it contains pots that would have had soaps and unguents. One has traces of orange scented soap!
£750 : Limited to 1 adoption
With thanks to:
Generous benefactor

Equestrian portrait of Cromwell

Rare equestrian portrait of Cromwell by an unknown artist, painted c. 1656. In the background is London as it was 10 years before the Great Fire.
£500 : Limited to 2 adoptions

Railway poster c.1950 promoting Huntingdon

An original railway poster c.1950 promoting Huntingdon to visitors, using imagery of Cromwell and the building which is today the Cromwell Museum. Ideal for train lovers or Huntingdon folk!
£100 : Limited to 10 adoptions
Adopted

Painting of the Battle of Marston Moor

Painting by S Ward, a 19th century painting of the Battle of Marston Moor in 1644, showing Cromwell at the heart of the battle.
£250 : Limited to 4 adoptions
With thanks to:
4 generous benefactors

‘Mortuary’ Sword

The astonishing ‘Mortuary’ Sword belonged to Oliver Cromwell, and as well as its gilt hilt still has the original fabric lanyard for looping around the wrist. This sword may be in the Walker full length portrait.
£500 : Limited to 2 adoptions

Portrait of Charles I

Portrait of Charles I, circle of Peter Lely – an opportunity for any Royalists to support the museum’s work perhaps?
£250 : Limited to 4 adoptions

Dunbar Medal

An original Dunbar Medal, struck to commemorate Cromwell’s victory over the Scots Covenanters at the battle of Dunbar in 1650. It is an example of the earliest campaign medal in British military history.
£50 : Limited to 10 adoptions
Adopted

Elizabeth Cromwell as Lady Protector

Elizabeth Cromwell as Lady Protector by Robert Walker, c.1655 – a portrait of Mrs Cromwell in a very fine gown as the ‘first lady’ of the Protectorate.
£750 : Limited to 1 adoption
With thanks to:
Generous benefactor
Adopted

Portrait of Cromwell by Robert Walker, c. 1649

Portrait of Cromwell by Robert Walker, c. 1649 – our largest and most unusual portrait of him, which is life sized and shows him quite the dandy!
£1000 : Limited to 1 adoption
With thanks to:
Generous benefactor

Instrument of Government

Our copy of the Instrument of Government, the constitution for the Protectorate. It was the world’s first written constitution for a nation, and heavily influenced the later American Constitution.
£100 : Limited to 10 adoptions

Elizabeth Cromwell, his favourite daughter

Portrait of Elizabeth Cromwell, his favourite daughter, by the circle of Peter Lely. Elizabeth’s death in the summer of 1658 precipitated her father’s decline.
£250 : Limited to 4 adoptions

Richard Cromwell

Rare portrait of Richard Cromwell, ‘Tumbledown Dick’ by John Hayls c. 1658, one of only two large portraits of him to survive; the other being at Chequers.
£500 : Limited to 2 adoptions

Painted silk funeral banner

Painted silk funeral banner, carrier at Cromwell’s state funeral in November 1658. It is only one of four such banners that survive; one of the others was recently featured on the ‘Antiques Roadshow’ TV programme.
£50 : Limited to 10 adoptions

Gilded bronze stirrups

Pair of gilded bronze stirrups that are believed to have belonged to Oliver Cromwell – an adoption opportunity for a person who loves horses & riding?
£100 : Limited to 10 adoptions

Portrait of John Thurloe

Portrait of John Thurloe, from the circle of William Dobson. Thurlow was Cromwell’s Secretary of State, Postmaster General and Chief Intelligencer – so the man responsible for the nation’s spies!
£100 : Limited to 10 adoptions

Naseby, Cromwell’s Flagship

A huge model of the Naseby, Cromwell’s flagship, later used to bring Charles II back to England. This model was made by a professional modelmaker who made props for Star Wars and used this ship in ‘Muppets Treasure Island’!
£100 : Limited to 10 adoptions

Political Cartoon

An original of a political cartoon from the Independent of 2006 by satirist Dave Brown, showing Gordon Brown as Cromwell looking at the corpse of Charles I, alias Tony Blair.
£100 : Limited to 10 adoptions

Portrait of Sir Thomas Fairfax

Portrait of Sir Thomas Fairfax, Cromwell’s friend and commander for the first and second Civil Wars.
£250 : Limited to 4 adoptions
Adopted

‘Warts and All’ portrait of Cromwell

‘Warts and All’ portrait of Cromwell, after Sir Peter Lely – our copy of the most famous of the portraits of Oliver Cromwell, which is said to have inspired the coining of the famous phrase.
£750 : Limited to 1 adoption
With thanks to:
Generous benefactor

Portrait of Elizabeth Cromwell,

A charming late 17th century portrait of Elizabeth Cromwell, Oliver’s wife, as a younger woman. It is many people’s favourite feminine picture in our collection as it shows her relaxed and approachable.
£100 : Limited to 10 adoptions

Cromwell’s severed and mummified head

The most macabre object – a modern reproduction (made for a TV documentary) of Cromwell’s severed and mummified head! The real one was safely buried at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge in 1960.
£50 : Limited to 10 adoptions

Bronze sculpture

A bronze sculpture of the famous 19th century statue of Cromwell that can be seen on the town square in St Ives, Cambridgeshire.
£100 : Limited to 10 adoptions

Portrait of Sir Oliver Cromwell

Portrait of Sir Oliver Cromwell, Cromwell’s uncle, in 1647 aged 84. At this time Sir Oliver lived at Ramsey Abbey and had been a Royalist during the Civil War!
£100 : Limited to 10 adoptions

Cromwell’s death mask

Early (late 17th century) cast of Cromwell’s death mask. Unlike most later 19th century copies, the forehead wart is missing, as it was on the original wax impression.
£100 : Limited to 10 adoptions

Cannon ball

Cannon ball from a small field gun, found on the battlefield at Marston Moor in Yorkshire. Cromwell played a significant part on the battle there in July 1644.
£50 : Limited to 10 adoptions

‘Mortuary' Sword

Cavalry officer’s ‘Mortuary' Sword believed to have belonged to Oliver Cromwell. The sword has been passed down by his family; the blade is inscribed OC
£100 : Limited to 10 adoptions

Cromwell’s travelling apothecary chest

Cromwell’s travelling apothecary chest, containing silver gilt pots for medicines and tools for making and administering them, as well as for bleeding. The pills and potions may have helped with Cromwell’s ‘ague’ (malaria) and ‘melancholia (depression).
£750 : Limited to 1 adoption

‘Eikon Basilike’

Our copy of ‘Eikon Basilike’, a book which purported to contain the personal writings and prayers of Charles I, and appeared within days of his execution in January 1649. It became a bestseller and went through 35 editions, helping to cement the image of the king as a royal martyr.
£50 : Limited to 10 adoptions

Letter written by Cromwell

Letter written by Cromwell to Captain Underwood on 6 June 1645, giving instructions for improvements to local fortifications. Just days later Cromwell was made second in command of the New Model Army and fought at the Battle of Naseby. It is his last known correspondence from his home town of Huntingdon.
£50 : Limited to 10 adoptions

Gunpowder Flask

This lovely and beautifully decorated gunpowder flask is decorated with Cromwell’s monogram, and is made from mother-of-pearl, ivory, amber and silver. It may have been given to him whilst Lord Protector.
£500 : Limited to 2 adoptions

Portrait of Edward Montagu

Portrait of Edward Montagu of Hinchingbrooke House, 1st Earl of Sandwich. Montagu was General-at-Sea to Cromwell and admiral to Charles II (who he brought back to England) and patron to his kinsman Samuel Pepys.
£100 : Limited to 10 adoptions

17th century cavalry boots

A pair of boots that always get admiring glances! These 17th century cavalry boots are believed to have belonged to Colonel Whalley, who commanded one of Cromwell’s regiments of ‘Ironsides’.
£50 : Limited to 10 adoptions

Adoption Benefits

All funds raised go towards the running of the Museum and helping to care for, conserve and display these internationally important objects.

For £1000 adoption:

VIP invitation to Museum events for 2 people ; credit on the credit panel in the museum; exclusive bi-monthly newsletter giving updates on the museum; special logo for your use; photo print of your object; certificate of adoption

For £750 adoption:

VIP invitation to the Museum events for 2 people; credit on the museum website; exclusive bi-monthly newsletter giving updates on the museum; special logo for your use; photo print of your object; certificate of adoption

For £500 adoption:

Credit on the museum website; exclusive bi-monthly newsletter giving updates on the museum; special logo for your use; photo print of your object; certificate of adoption

For £250 adoption:

Credit on the museum website; exclusive bi-monthly newsletter giving updates on the museum; photo print of your object; certificate of adoption

For £100 adoption:

Credit on the museum website; exclusive bi- monthly newsletter giving updates on the museum; certificate of adoption

For £50 adoption:

Exclusive monthly newsletter giving updates on the refurbishment; certificate of adoption

How to adopt an object?

Online : You may click on this Just Giving link to donate online via the Just Giving website 

By Post : Please complete the form below and return it with your donation to:

The Cromwell Museum Trust, c/o Huntingdon Library, Princes Street, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE29 3PA

Please make cheques payable to ‘The Cromwell Museum Trust’

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