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Cromwell Museum, Huntingdon

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The Cromwell Museum in Huntingdon, England, is a museum containing collections exploring the life of Oliver Cromwell and to a lesser extent his son Richard Cromwell. Oliver Cromwell was born in Huntingdon in 1599 and lived there for more than half his life. The museum is located in the former grammar school building in which Cromwell received his early education. Founded in 1962, the museum contains significant artifacts, paintings and printed material relating to The Protectorate. The museum is run by the Cambridgeshire Libraries, Archives and Information Service, part of Cambridgeshire County Council.BuildingThe Cromwell Museum is located in the old grammar school building attended by Cromwell and the diarist Samuel Pepys. The building retains fragments of the medieval infirmary hall of the Hospital of St John the Baptist (circa 1170-90). The hospital was an almshouse for the poor and was founded by David Earl of Huntingdon. Keeping to an Augustinian rule, the masters of the hospital were appointed by the mayor and burgesses of the town until the suppression of chantries and hospitals in 1547. Vested in the corporation of the town, the hospital building became Huntingdon Grammar School which remained in the building until moving to a new location in 1896, eventually moving to Hinchingbrooke House on the outskirts of the town.
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  • This is a great little museum with a good collection of Cromwellian artefacts including portraits of Cromwell and members of the Cromwell family, clothing (including Cromwell's famous hat), miniatures...  more »
  • Heard this is going to close, which would be a huge loss of history to the area. Hope it is just a rumour.  more »
  • So often we forget what shaped our parliamentary system - visit the Cromwell Museum to see it in the making. Cromwell was a significant person who led the this change, and the museum holds many articl...  more »
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  • It's one of those places that you would never know existed unless someone took you there. Maybe there are some people that do not want us to be reminded that Britain was once a republic under a dictator. Cromwell. And that both governments and monarchy can be replaced when the public have had enough of their mendacity. Seriously underfunded. I wonder why?
  • A petite but fascinating museum. Our kids loved it!
  • Free entrance and well laid out.
  • Could be really good local museum but is not marketed and is really struggling to survive There are no local signs or information which is a real shame because this could be a great tourist attraction
  • Very nice.

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