Major boost for Cromwell Museum

Huntingdon’s Cromwell Museum is to get a £160,000 revamp.

The museum will close in October for four months in order to create new displays for its Oliver Cromwell collection.

The Cromwell Museum Trust, which owns the museum was granted £85,000 from the Association of Independent Museums’ History Makers programme. This programme funds museums to create new exhibitions that will inspire the public through the lives and achievements of extraordinary historical figures.

The Cromwell Museum holds the best collection of objects relating to the life and times of Oliver Cromwell on public display in the world. The collection comprises almost 700 items, including portraits, clothing, miniatures, arms and armour, historical documents written by or about Cromwell, and one of his death masks.

The Museum is located in the former Huntingdon Grammar School building, which was where Oliver Cromwell went to school.

History Makers is backed by the Biffa Award; a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK, as part of the Landfill Communities Fund.

The Cromwell Museum was also awarded a £71,000 grant from the Wolfson Foundation and £10,000 from the local charity, the Huntingdon Freemen's Trust.

Stuart Orme, curator of the museum, added: "The museum's refurbishment will provide better conditions and displays to highlight our remarkable collections, with as many if not more on display as at present; but also creating a space that is more welcoming to visitors, highlights our beautiful and historic building, and provide more interactive displays that will engage a wider audience.”

 

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