Donations to the Cromwell Museum in Huntingdon have gone up by more than a quarter since a new collection box was installed with special graphics designed by student and museum volunteer Susan Hilton.

The museum, which focuses on the life and times of Oliver Cromwell, is now an independent charity and costs more than £50,000 a year to run, relying on donations to keep it going, rather than admission fees.

Stuart Orme, curator, said: "Having a new, more visible and secure donations box helps us get this message across, and since it's been installed our donations have gone up by 25 per cent. I'm delighted with the design that Susan did for us, as it really makes the box stand out."

Susan Hilton adds "I study graphic communication and illustration, so volunteering with the Cromwell museum has allowed me to work with charity in a creative way. I love history and I am pleased to have been given multiple opportunities to use illustration to help."

Susan Hilton adds "I study graphic communication and illustration, so volunteering with the Cromwell museum has allowed me to work with charity in a creative way. I love history and I am pleased to have been given multiple opportunities to use illustration to help."