Dr Andrew Barclay will talk about Oliver Cromwell as MP for Cambridge. Cromwell was one of the townâ€™s MPs from 1640 onwards, throughout the Civil Wars.
His election in 1640 used to be considered a bit of a mystery. But the latest research has revealed Cromwell's contacts with the town's religious nonconformists, who were able to exploit splits within the Cambridge corporation in order to get Cromwell elected. Those factional divisions then also shaped Cromwell's role as a constituency MP throughout the 1640s.
John Goldsmith, Cambridgeshire County Councilâ€™s Curator of the Cromwell Museum said â€œThe talk promises to be a fascinating insight into the devious ways of local government â€“ in the 17th century. Tickets are available in advance from either Huntingdon Library or the Cromwell Museum, priced Â£3.â€
The Cromwell Collection Lectures celebrate the resources of the Library, Archives and Cromwell Museum, which are all provided by the Council. Tea and coffee will be served before the lecture by the Friends of the Cromwell Museum.