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Cromwell Museum – Must Do Activities before the Reopening.

The Cromwell Museum

In the run up to the Museum reopening on Sunday 1st March after its refurbishment the Museum is running three (3) events. The first on 12 February, a sneak peek behind the scenes of the refurbishment work. The second, on the evening of the 19th February an atmospheric guided tour of the old court rooms by candle light. Finally, on Saturday 29th February the second chance to see the re-enactment of the Trial of Charles 1st, this event when first staged was sold out within a few days.

For further details, see below


Cromwell Museum Sneak Peek

Wednesday 12 February at 7pm, £15 per person (includes drink)

Join our curator for an exclusive tour and chance to see the newly refurbished Museum in advance of its public opening at the beginning of March 2020. You’ll be able to see the works in progress, view some of the Museum’s treasures up close and find out more about what has gone on behind the scenes during the refurbishment. Ticket price includes a celebratory glass of Prosecco or fruit juice; tour lasts about an hour. All proceeds from the evening go towards the Museum Trust, to help fund the refurbishment. Tickets are available at:


Courtrooms by Candlelight at Huntingdon Town Hall

Tours at 4.30pm, 5pm, 5.30pm, 6pm, 6.30pm, and 7pm on Wednesday 19 February 2020. FREE

A rare chance to explore the historic 18th century courtrooms across the road from the Cromwell Museum by candlelight, with an atmospheric guided tour. with the museum’s curator. Hear about some of the trials that have taken place on this site over the last 400 years including those of alleged witches and gruesome murders – and the punishments that awaited them. Tours last 30 minutes. Due to the dark spaces and content, parental discretion is advised and the tour is not recommended for those aged 8 and under. Please do let us know if you need to cancel so we can reallocate spaces. Due to the nature of the historic space, there is restricted access on the tour for wheelchair users. Toilets and the Museum shop will be available. Tickets are available at:

This event is part of Cambridgeshire’s ‘Twilight at the Museums’ Programme for 2020.


The Trial of Charles I

Saturday 29 February, performances at 10.30am, 12noon, 2.30pm and 4pm. Tickets: £10 per person

The Cromwell Museum is staging dramatised performances recreating the tumultuous events of the trial of King Charles I in January 1649, to be held in the atmospheric surroundings of one of the historic courtrooms in Huntingdon Town Hall.

Working with members of the Sealed Knot historical re-enactment society, and using original trial records from the Parliamentary Archives, the Museum has produced a dramatised version of the trial, which will be recreated with all the key figures including King Charles I and Oliver Cromwell being played by amateur actors. The trial is an immersive experience – so whilst there is a narrator who will introduce and interject into the performance, there will be members of the cast interspersed with the audience, who will heckle the trial and cause some disturbance, as the audience at the real trial did, so be warned!

When this was held in 2019, the performances all sold out – book early to avoid disappointment! The performances last just over an hour each. Tickets are available at:

Magdalene College Old Library – Public Opening, including Ferrar Papers Exhibition

The Library rooms will be open to the public for viewing on the First Thursday of each month in Spring 2020, 11am to 1pm. 

As well as enjoying the historic, book lined rooms, visitors will be able to see displays of items from the College in First Court since the 15th Century, in what was the medieval Prior’s residence. You can view more information about the Old Library online at [].

The small displays referred to in the poster on the left to Huntingdonshire LHS members, particularly the April one to those who read the article on Virginia Ferrar by David Ransome in the last issue of Records or earlier papers by David on the Ferrar family published online in [Local History Articles] page

In addition to the Old Library, the College also houses the Pepys Library which is a separate library. 

Christmas Social 2017 – New Date Thursday 7th December

This year the Christmas Social will be on the evening of Thursday 7th December in the Assembly Room of the Town Hall. We will be catering as last year but if anyone would like to contribute by providing snacks, cakes or mince pies please bring them along on the night but please let Rosemary Smith know. 

May Weekend 2017 – Exploring the Cotswolds

The Society weekend away for 2017 has been announced, we will be ‘Exploring the Cotswolds’ from  Friday 12th May to Monday 15th May 2017.

Day 1 we will visit Waddesdon Manor, a magnificent house in the style of a French chateau, and Compton Verney a Capability Brown landscaped park and an independent art gallery.

Day 2 in the morning we visit Burford village, a beautiful Cotswold town with an interesting connection to our own Oliver Cromwell and his treatment of his disgruntled soldiers and a group of Levellers. In the afternoon we visit Snowshill Manor, a unique house full of the extraordinary treasures collected by its owner Charles Wade

Day 3 we go back in time to the Romans at Chedworth Roman Villa, one of the grandest villas in the country. The afternoon we will be free to explore Cirencester.

Day 4 we start with a visit to Hidcote Gardens, one of our finest country gardens. In the afternoon we visit Broughton Castle, a fortified moated manor near to Banbury. Broughton was one of only 20 houses to be awarded five stars by Simon Jenkins in his book ‘England’s Best 1000 Houses.

For full details of the weekend please click on the following Exploring the Cotswolds 2017

A booking form can be downloaded by pressing [FORM] and printing the form.