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: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cromwell-museum-sneak-peek-tickets-82202127777
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: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/courtrooms-by-candlelight-19-february-2020-tickets-82213726469
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: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-trial-of-charles-i-tickets-89569281131