Museums Beyond Cambridge
There is much to see and explore in the museums in the surrounding market towns and villages. Many depict a rural life of yesteryear with fascinating exhibits and exhibitions.
A local rural history museum depicting life through the centuries on the edge of the Cambridgeshire fens. The site includes an early 19th century windmill.
A small museum with artefacts, ephemera and photographs relating to the history of the town of Chatteris, its people and its environs.
These historic buildings tell the story of rural Cambridgeshire through the centuries. Denny Abbey’s many rooms have housed Benedictine monks, Franciscan nuns, Knights, Templars and Cambridgeshire farmers. Farmyard buildings house fascinating displays on farming, traditional crafts and trades. The cottage takes you back to the 1940s, with outdoor privy and cottage garden. Enjoy the natural setting, rich with archaeological remains and space to run free.
Ely Museum is a bright and friendly local history museum, located in the Bishop’s Gaol in the centre of the historical city of Ely. The Museum is the history centre for the Isle of Ely and the Fens and it takes you on a journey through time from prehistory to the 19th Century.
Within the parameters of the Huntingdon Antiques and Collectibles, which started as a brewery and later became the Drill Hall, is a comprehensive collection of artefacts covering the last 200 years.
Its collection includes extensive material about the local railway history of Whitemoor, and material includes all parish records from the mid 16thC. There are also representative funds from major archaeological digs in the area including a loan of coins from the British Museum. The Associated Museum society organises a programme of lectures throughout the year and educational workshops are arranged with local schools. Out Reach work includes a range of loan-boxes.
The oldest items on show are fossils and reconstructed models of animals that lived here in the time of the dinosaurs. More recent specimens include remains of the Woolly Mammoth and archaeological remains from the Stone Age onwards. There are special displays on the Civil War, on French prisoner-of-war work from the prison camp at Norman Cross and the local sport of ice-skating on the flooded Fens.
Attractive displays cover the story of St Neots, local crafts and trades, home and community life. There is also a regular programme of changing exhibitions by local artists and on other local themes. Come and see the prisoner in the cells, and have a go at new 'hands-on' displays in other galleries. Children's, family activities are organised in all school holidays - details available from the museum and on website.
On this three-acre site will be found a host of fascinating exhibits and displays illustrating rural life, in homes, school, shops, farm and industry. There is also an 1892 Savage Steam engine, glass-cased but motorised, so you can see it working. There are many separate displays relating to the war years - when Ramsey was bombed, as well as many items relating to ‘the war effort’, defence of the realm and how Ramsey dealt with the effects of World War 11. Other historical exhibits tell stories about the early fire service and the time when oil was discovered in the town - and much more besides. The Museum has a comprehensive Archive Centre, available to the members of the public for research.
Dating from 1831, it is one of 90 steam pumping engines installed throughout the Fens to replace 800 windmills. It is the last to survive, having worked until 1925. During the great floods of 1919 it really earned its keep by working non-stop for 47 days and nights. This unique insight into Fenland history and industrial archaeology is open on summer weekends and on certain dates.
Museum of archaeology, agriculture, hand tools, brick making, local photographs, a Sir Harry Smith exhibition, costume display & temporary exhibitions depicting local and social history.
Purpose built Victorian Museum retaining the charm & character of the time. Exhibits include Fenland history, archaeology & geology, Thomas Clarkson and the abolition of slavery.