Youngsters can learn more about Oliver Cromwell during sessions at Huntingdon Museum

The Cromwell Museum is in Huntingdon

The Cromwell Museum is in Huntingdon - Credit: Archant

A host of family activities will be available to entertain youngsters throughout the summer holiday at the Cromwell Museum, in Huntingdon.

The museum, in Grammar School Walk, is holding Workshop Wednesdays which will have a different theme that focuses on aspects of life in the 17th century.

There will be replica items for visitors to handle and craft activities for children to enjoy and then take away with them.

Workshops will run from 11.30am till 1pm and there will be a small charge of £2 per child to cover the cost of materials.

The session on August 8 will focus on clothing and costumes of the 17th century with a chance to try out the items and make a replica of Oliver Cromwell’s hat to take home. August 15 will be about handwriting with a quill pen and the chance to make a document on parchment, complete with a wax seal. Activities for future weeks are being planned and details will be available on the museum’s website.


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Stuart Orme, curator of the museum, said: “With the school holidays in full swing, we know that lots of families are looking for things to do. As well as exploring some of the remarkable objects we have on display, this is a great chance for families to find out more about life 350 years ago, and have a go at some fun activities as well.”

The museum is situated in the heart of Huntingdon, just off the High Street, and holds the most comprehensive collection of objects relating to the life and times of Oliver Cromwell on public display in the world. There are about 700 items, including portraits, clothing, miniature, armour, historical documents and one of Oliver Cromwell’s death masks.

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The museum is located in the former Huntingdon Grammar School building, which is where Oliver Cromwell attended school.

Entry to the museum is free. Check the website at: www.cromwellmuseum.org.

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