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 The items on display include portraits, clothing, miniatures, arms and armour, historical documents written by or about Oliver Cromwell, Cromwell's hat and one of his death masks.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.

Four trustees have been appointed to form the Board of the new trust, who will apply to register the new CIO with the Charity Commission later in the year.

Trustees are currently advertising for a Curator. The advert can be viewed at


The Museum will be staffed by volunteers from April 2016, and opportunities exist for involvement in 'Front of House', publicity, fundraising and outreach. If you would like to be involved please contact the Museum for further details or register your interest by e-mail to or telephone 01480 375830.

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