Cromwell Museum

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About the Cromwell Museum

Oliver Cromwell is one of the most significant and controversial individuals in history. He was head of state of the first and only British republic, and remains to this day the only commoner ever to have been offered the Crown. He was born in Huntingdon in 1599, lived in the town for over half his life, and became its MP in 1628.

The Cromwell museum in Huntingdon commemorates his life and the impact he had. The Museum is located in the very building in which Oliver Cromwell was himself educated as a schoolboy, and where he first received exposure to Puritan ideas through the teaching of Dr Thomas Beard. The items on display include portraits, clothing, miniatures, arms and armour, historical documents written by or about Oliver Cromwell, Cromwell's hat and one of his death masks.

Charitable Incorporated Organisation

The County Council’s Highways and Community Infrastructure Committee has approved the creation of a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) to take over the running of the Cromwell Museum from April 2016.

County Council officers are now working to establish the trust. We expect to recruit and appoint trustees over the spring of 2015 and to apply to register the new CIO with the Charity Commission later in the year.

We will provide further progress updates on this when necessary.

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