Events


What's on

The Cromwell Museum has a wide variety of temporary exhibitions, events, talks and tours throughout the year to appeal to a range of interests. The entries below are our current programme for the next few months.

‘Cruel Necessity?’

02-02-19 - 07-04-19
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
An exhibit looking at the trial and execution of Charles I in January 1649
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The Trial of Charles I

08-02-19 - 11-04-19
8:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Join us for dramatized performances recreating the tumultuous events
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Cromwell’s School in LEGO!

13-04-19 - 02-06-19
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Come and see local LEGO mastermind Mike Addis’s latest creation, a scale model of the Museum building as it would have been in Cromwell’s time
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Portraits Past and Present!

18-02-19 - 18-02-19
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
February Half term art workshops with artist Tony Nero
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Approaching Portrait Painting

19-02-19 - 19-02-19
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
An opportunity for younger students to look in depth at the Museum’s portraits
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Approaching Portrait Painting

19-02-19 - 19-02-19
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
An opportunity for younger students to look in depth at the Museum’s portraits
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Cromwell by Candlelight

20-02-19 - 20-02-19
4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Take the chance to visit the Cromwell Museum by the form of illumination Cromwell would have known – candlelight!
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Spinning a Yarn for Huntingdon Arts Festival

06-04-19 - 06-04-19
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Visitors will be able to discover different fibres, finished yarns and have a go at winding a skein!
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Spinning a Yarn for Huntingdon Arts Festival

07-04-19 - 07-04-19
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Visitors will be able to discover different fibres, finished yarns and have a go at winding a skein!
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Inspired by Cromwell

13-04-19 - 19-05-19
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
An exhibition of local young people’s artworks, inspired by the items in the Cromwell Museum’s collections.
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Naseby: Cromwell’s Flagship

25-05-19 - 02-06-19
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Come and see a huge 1/32 scale model of the flagship of Cromwell’s navy, the ‘Naseby’
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Inspired by Cromwell

13-04-19 - 19-04-19
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
An exhibition of local young people’s artworks, inspired by the items in the Cromwell Museum’s collections
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Dressed to Kill: Arms & Armour of the Civil Wars

11-07-19 - 29-09-19
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Find out more about the fearsome arms and armour used by soldiers during the period of the 17th Century Civil Wars
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Up Close with the Cromwell Collection

09-07-19 - 09-07-19
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Join us for a tour of the Cromwell Museum and its collections with the museum’s curator Stuart Orme.
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Up Close with the Cromwell Collection

23-07-19 - 23-07-19
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Join us for a tour of the Cromwell Museum and its collections with the museum’s curator Stuart Orme.
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Meet a Civil War Soldier

26-07-19 - 26-07-19
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
A Huntingdonshire History Festival Event. To tie in with our new ‘Dressed to Kill’ display, pop in to the Museum and meet a Civil War Soldier.
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Workshop Wednesday - 1600s Clothing and fashion

07-08-19 - 07-08-19
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Drop into the Museum and take part in a different craft activity each week to take away with a 17th century theme to it.
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Workshop Wednesday - Civil War Soldiers

14-08-19 - 14-08-19
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Drop into the Museum and take part in a different craft activity each week to take away with a 17th century theme to it.
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Workshop Wednesday - 1600s Food & Schooling

21-08-19 - 21-08-19
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Drop into the Museum and take part in a different craft activity each week to take away with a 17th century theme to it.
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17th Century Science and Medicine

27-07-19 - 27-07-19
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Huntingdonshire History Festival Event. Find out more about the development of science and medicine around the time of Cromwell.
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Workshop Wednesday - 1600s Medicine and Surgery

28-08-19 - 28-08-19
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Drop into the Museum and take part in a different craft activity each week to take away with a 17th century theme to it.
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Cromwell’s Huntingdon Guided Walks

28-08-19 - 28-08-19
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Join the Museum’s curator Stuart Orme for an entertaining and informative guided walk around the centre of Huntingdon.
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Levellers! Living History and Drama Event

28-09-19 - 28-09-19
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
A dramatised presentation on the 1649 mutiny
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‘The Leveller Revolution’: A talk by writer and journalist John Rees

06-11-19 - 06-11-19
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
As part of the 2019 Cromwell Lecture Series, writer and journalist John Rees will talk about the Levellers, based upon his bestselling book 'The Leveller Revolution'.
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'Cromwell and Ireland': a talk by Professor John Morrill

13-11-19 - 13-11-19
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
As part of the 2019 Cromwell Lecture Series, the Cromwell Museum is delighted to welcome back internationally renowned expert on Cromwell, Professor John Morrill.
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'Wounded, Widows & Orphans:Civil War Petitions': a talk by Dr Ismini Pells

20-11-19 - 20-11-19
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
As part of the 2019 Cromwell Lecture Series, the Cromwell Museum is delighted to welcome part of the team working on the remarkable 'Civil War Petitions' project, Dr Ismini Pells.
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'Churchill and Cromwell': a Talk by Allen Packwood

27-11-19 - 27-11-19
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
For the final lecture of the 2019 Cromwell Lecture Series, the Cromwell Museum is delighted to welcome the Director of the Churchill Archive and former Cromwell Museum Trustee Allen Packwood.
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The Cromwell Lecture Series 2019

06-11-19 - 06-11-19
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
A programme of lectures on the life and times of Oliver Cromwell
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Cromwellian Christmas Activities

22-11-19 - 24-11-19
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Come and join us for some fun family activities at our temporary display at Huntingdon Town Hall, during the town's annual Christmas Fayre.
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Cromwell Museum Sneak Peek

28-01-20 - 12-02-20
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Join us for an exclusive advanced sneak peek at the Cromwell Museum's Refurbishment!
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Courtrooms by Candlelight

27-10-21 - 27-10-21
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
A rare chance to explore Huntingdon's historic 18th century courtrooms by candlelight, with tales of foul deeds and gruesome punishments!
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The Trial of Charles I

29-02-20 - 29-02-20
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
By popular demand - A dramatised recreation of the trial of King Charles I by his Parliament, in the historic surroundings of Huntingdon's old courtroom.
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Museum Reopening

01-03-20 - 01-03-20
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
After a major refurbishment, the Museum reopens to the public, with a march through the town by the Sealed Knot, and a ribbon cutting with our patron, Sir John Major.
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Cromwell Museum Exclusive Access

14-07-20 - 25-08-20
11:00 AM -
Exclusive tours of the Cromwell Museum with our Curator for households/families/bubbles
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'Battle' of Huntingdon Exhibition

29-08-20 - 15-11-20
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
375 years on, the story of how the Civil War hit Huntingdon...
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Meet a Civil War Soldier

27-10-20 - 27-10-20
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Discover more about life in the 1640s as one of Parliament's soldiers
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Meet a Civil War Soldier

29-10-20 - 29-10-20
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Discover more about life in the 1640s as one of Parliament's soldiers
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Cromwell Museum Winter Lecture Programme 2020/21

13-01-21 - 03-02-21
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
A four part lecture series on aspects of the mid-17th century by some of the top experts in their field - this year held online.
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'Providence Lost: Cromwell's Western Design': a talk by Paul Lay

13-01-21 - 13-01-21
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
The story of Oliver Cromwell's failed imperial policy...
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'Sex and Sexuality in Stuart Britain': a talk by Andrea Zuvich

20-01-21 - 20-01-21
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Discover the wide-ranging impact of sex and sexuality in Stuart Britain!
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'Imagining the Cromwells': a talk by Miranda Malins

27-01-21 - 27-01-21
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
'Imagining the Cromwells: conjuring Oliver Cromwell and his family in fiction'
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'London: Cromwell's 'Mary Rose': talk by Steve Ellis & Mark Beattie-Edwards

03-02-21 - 03-02-21
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
A remarkable time capsule which has preserved evidence of the Cromwellian Navy.
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'Becoming a Soldier: Cromwell's First Campaign' - a talk by Stuart Orme

09-06-21 - 09-06-21
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
How did Oliver Cromwell, at the age of 43 and with no military experience, become one of the most successful soldiers of his time?
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'Rediscovering London's Lost Civil War Defences' - a talk by David Flintham

16-06-21 - 16-06-21
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
What were the substantial Civil War defences, built by Parliament to defend the capital, really like and where were they?
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'With Swords by their Side: Arms & Armour of the Civil Wars' - a talk by Keith Dowen

23-06-21 - 23-06-21
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
How were the weapons and armour of the Civil Wars produced, used and how effective were they in reality?
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'History vs Heritage: the Mythology of Marston Moor' a talk by Prof. Steve Murdoch

30-06-21 - 30-06-21
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
How has the role of Alexander Leslie, Earl of Leven, been downplayed at Marston Moor and two Thirty Years War battle sites?
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Cromwell Museum Civil War Lecture Programme 2021

09-06-21 - 30-06-21
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
A four part lecture series on aspects of the Civil Wars of the mid 1600s held online.
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Trial of the Huntingdon 9: the Witchfinder General in Huntingdon

19-05-21 - 25-09-21
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
375 years ago the Witchfinders came to Huntingdonshire...
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Town Centre Art Trail

29-05-21 - 25-09-21
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Displaying replicas of our art around Huntingdon!
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Workshop Wednesdays

04-08-21 - 25-08-21
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Join us at the Museum to discover something new each week through hands on and creative activities.
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Huntingdon Art Trail Tour

11-08-21 - 11-08-21
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
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Cromwell's Huntingdon Guided Walk

29-09-21 - 29-09-21
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Explore Huntingdon's 17th century story!
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Cromwell Museum Autumn Lecture Series

03-11-21 - 24-11-21
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
A four part lecture series on aspects of the life and times of Oliver Cromwell by top experts in their field.
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‘Intelligence, Espionage & Cromwell’s Protectorate’ a talk by Alan Marshall

03-11-21 - 03-11-21
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
How did the Protectorate defend itself from covert enemies, plots and conspiracies, and how did it gain intelligence on foreign powers?
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'God’s Architect: Cromwell and the Godly Church’: a talk by Rebecca Warren

10-11-21 - 10-11-21
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
What do we know about Oliver Cromwell’s personal faith? How did this manifest in his struggle to create a church for a ‘New Jerusalem’?
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‘Tenderest Sight: Cromwell & Charles I’s children’: a talk by Linda Porter

17-11-21 - 17-11-21
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
‘The tenderest sight that ever his eyes beheld’: Oliver Cromwell and the children of Charles I
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‘Oliver Cromwell: Saint or Serpent?’: a talk by Ronald Hutton

24-11-21 - 24-11-21
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
The author of the latest biography of Cromwell provides an assessment of the man...
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Fake News! 17th Century Printing

18-09-21 - 19-09-21
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
How were the newspapers of the Civil War produced?
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The Examination of the Huntingdon Witches

06-11-21 - 07-11-21
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
A recreation of the interviews held with 9 people accused of witchcraft in Huntingdon in 1646...
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October Half Term: Mask Making

26-10-21 - 28-10-21
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Join us this half-term for some creative and spooky craft activities!
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