Museum appeals for 20th Century items relating to Huntingdonshire

Norris Museum, St Ives, with some 20th century items for their appeal, (l-r) Volunteer Shelley Walte

Norris Museum, St Ives, with some 20th century items for their appeal, (l-r) Volunteer Shelley Walters, and Museum Assistant Richard Carter, - Credit: Archant

The Norris Museum in St Ives is appealing to people to dig out objects or photographs that could be used to tell the story of 20th Century Huntingdonshire.

Its team is looking for items relating specifically to Huntingdonshire to support its new displays.

The dawn of the 20th Century heralded a century of huge change, from the first manned aeroplane taking to the skies and women and working men being given the right to vote, to computer technology revolutionising the way we do things and the internet bringing information to our finger tips.

In Huntingdonshire Windovers, the long-established carriage works in Huntingdon, started designing and building motor car bodies. Murkett’s, the bicycle firm, moved into motorbikes.

James Radley and Will Rhodes Moorhouse were pioneers in aviation and built a factory in Huntingdon.

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New entertainments arrived, including Huntingdonshire’s first cinemas.

Edison Bell had a factory in Huntingdon making gramophones and records. The factory burned down in 1928 and closed two years later.

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The 1952 Town Development Act aimed to ease congestion and overpopulation of the larger cities, mainly London, and infuse new life into county towns. Huntingdon, St Ives and St Neots were all considered for development.

The museum wants your help to tell the story of what life was like in 20th Century Huntingdonshire.

If you have an object or photo that could be added to the display, send an email to or call 01480 497314.

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