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Opportunity to get involved with the Cromwell Museum

29th March 2016

The Cromwell Museum is looking for new weekend volunteers to join the front of house team at the museum. (Photo: Parliamentary copyright)

Recently saved from closure, from April the running of the museum will move from Cambridgeshire County Council to an independent charitable trust and will be staffed by volunteers.

Over forty volunteers have already signed up in support in the museum, but the museum is still looking for people to get involved in their ‘front of house’ activities at weekends.

The front of house role includes meeting visitors and helping them get the most out of their visit to the museum, and also working in the shop. Weekend hours are split into mornings and afternoons (11am- 1:15pm and 1:15-3:30pm) and are agreed between volunteers and the museum. People are not expected to volunteer every weekend, just committing to whatever weekends they can.

You don’t need to be an expert on all things Cromwell, your enthusiasm and the ability to communicate with visitors will ensure they have the best possible visit to the museum. Appropriate training and information is given to all volunteers, and there will be other opportunities to get involved with the work of the museum.

Open since 1962, the Cromwell museum in Huntingdon commemorates Oliver Cromwell’s life and the impact he had. The Museum is located in the very building in which Oliver Cromwell was himself educated as a schoolboy, and where he first received exposure to Puritan ideas through the teaching of Dr Thomas Beard.

The items on display include portraits, clothing, miniatures, arms and armour, historical documents written by or about Oliver Cromwell, Cromwell's hat and one of his death masks.

Whatever your experience, there are opportunities for you to get involved with, and support the museum. To volunteer contact the Museum for further details or register your interest by e-mail to volunteercromwell@gmail.com or telephone 01480 375 830.

The Cromwell Trust and Museum are dedicated to preserving and communicating the assets, legacy and times of Oliver Cromwell. Trustees of the museum include Allen Packwood, Huntingdon MP Jonathan Djanogly, Erika Clegg, Camilla Nichol and Peter Johnson, who is chairman. Sir John Major KG CH is the Trust’s patron.

Photo: Oliver Cromwell statue outside the Houses of Parliament

Oliver Cromwell statue outside House of Parliament

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