Cromwell Lecture Series 2019

Tickets are available via the Museum’s website:, Eventbrite: or in person from the Cromwell Museum.

Wednesday 6th November at 7.30pm, ‘The Leveller Revolution’: A talk by writer and journalist John Rees

The Levellers were a 17th century radical movement that emerged from the tumult of the Civil Wars advocating ideas that would be central to the development of democracy. this talk will examine their development, key characters such as John Lilburne and Thomas Rainsborough and their role in creating a political revolution which still has a legacy in the struggle for freedom and democracy across the world. (Book signing after talk)


Wednesday 13th November at 7.30pm, ‘Cromwell and Ireland’: A talk by historian Professor John Morrill

Cromwell’s reputation is considered by many to have been blackened as a consequence of his nine month campaign in Ireland from August 1649 to May 1650. The sieges of Drogheda and Wexford have become bywords for brutality for many people, and Cromwell’s name is widely reviled in Ireland even today. Historians have differed on this subject; this talk will look at these different opinions and try to reveal what really happened on this campaign.


Wednesday 20th November at 7.30pm, ‘Wounded, Widows & Orphans: Civil War Petitions’: A talk by historian Dr Ismini Pells

The English Civil Wars were a time of terrible conflict, with a greater proportion of the population killed than in the First World War. For those who survived, thousands suffered from terrible injuries whilst wives, children and other family members faced daily struggles as a result of bereavement. During and after the Civil Wars, wounded soldiers, war widows and other family members submitted petitions to the state for financial relief. The Civil War Petitions Project has compiled online over 4,000 petitions revealing the human stories of maimed soldiers and war widows; this talk will examine some of those stories and what they reveal about this tumultuous period.


Wednesday 27th November at 7.30pm, ‘Churchill and Cromwell’: A talk by archivist Allen Packwood

Churchill wrote about Cromwell; he named military operations and even a tank after him. There two men served as soldiers, politicians and courted controversy. This talk will look at the parallels between them and examine what the Prime Minister thought about the Lord Protector. (Book signing after talk)


The talks all take place at Huntingdon Town Hall, with the ticket price including refreshments. Tickets cost £10 per talk (£8 for students), with a combined ticket for all four talks at £30 (£25 students). There are discounts for members of the Friends of the Cromwell Museum.

Tickets are available via the Museum’s website:, Eventbrite: or in person from the Cromwell Museum.

Pathfinder Museum visit CANCELLED


It is with deep regret that I have to inform you that the planned visit to the RAF Wyton Pathfinders Museum which was to be held on the afternoon of Tuesday 9th July has been cancelled. 

The Museum is putting on a small display of some of their artefacts on Saturday 13 July in All Saints Church Huntingdon. Whilst this is not a full display of all the Museum’s artefacts, they will be showing a number of the instruments and equipment from some of the Pathfinder aircraft that operated from RAF Wyton and other pathfinder bases in this region.

Answers to Quiz in January 2019 Almanack

Here are the answers to the quiz, ‘How Well Do You Know Huntingdonshire’ that was in the January 2019 Almanack:

Where might you find these? What are they?

Picture 1: You can find this in Ramsey Abbey, its a ceiling boss that is on the floor in the Gate House.


Picture 2: A Station of the Cross in the grounds of LIttle Gidding Church


Picture 3: Milepost at Green End, Great Stukeley




John Ferrar of LIttle Gidding by D. R. Ransome

John Ferrar of LIttle Gidding (by D. R. Ransome)

John Ferrar of Little Gidding

In 2000 Records of Huntingdonshire (Vol.3, No.8, 2000), the Journal of the Huntingdonshire Local History Society, included an article about John Ferrar of Little Gidding by D. R. Ransome.  The article has been updated, notes by the author and also supplementary notes were added to this digital copy. The Society is pleased to be able to republish this article with the kind permission of the author D. R. Ransome.

‘For a century and a quarter Little Gidding was the home of the Ferrar’s. When they came there in 1625 the family consisted of the old Mrs Ferrar, her married daughter Susanna and her family, and two of Mrs Ferrar’s sons. The younger was Nicholas, who is famous, but the elder, John, is undeservedly less well known. This article is an attempt to redress the balance and tell something of John’s life.

His parents were a formidable pair. His father was born in 1544 or 1545 at Hertford, the son of a draper who died when Nicholas was 12 or 13. ………….’

To read the article click on the picture above.

2019 January – Almanack Newsletter

2019 introduces an extra newsletter that our secretary Mike Dudley has produced.  The supplemental Almanack is a personal initiative by Mike to improve communication across the society and also to be an advertisement for our activities beyond. To read or download a copy please click [here]

Please give us feedback on what you think about it.  As usual, printed copies will be available at the meeting, so if printing one is difficult, do remember to pick one up, or to do so for some friend who might be interested in the society’s meetings. 

Remember too, that back issues of the Almanack including that for Autumn giving details of meetings until May can always be found in the Publications tab

2018 Goodliff Awards

The 2018 Goodliff Awards were presented on 15th November 2018 to recipients at a reception in the Assembly Room of Huntingdon Town Hall. For details click on the picture below:

2018 Goodliff Award Recipients