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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  • Good museum packed with interesting info and artefacts. Free admission but donations needed to keep this wonderful place open.  more »
  • I did not know that Cromwell was born in Huntingdon until we accidentally found this museum and decided to visit it. It's a small museum, but is located in the building where Cromwell's school was, th...  more »
  • We had always walked by, but one lunchtime popped in to find many old pieces historians would love. I thought the models were good too. Give it a look, you might be supprised.  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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