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Finale to amazing week: Civil War artillery to roll through Huntingdon tomorrow!

This has been an extraordinary week in the campaign to Save the Cromwell Museum: on Monday, the Friends of the Museum handed over the Council petition to the Leader of Cambridgeshire County Council, Martin Curtis and the Cabinet member with responsibility for the relevant area of service, Councillor David Harty.

The petition – with almost 4,000 signatures from people living or working in Cambridgeshire – is the first since the Council established its petitions facility to successfully lead to a debate at full Council.  This is scheduled to take place next Tuesday, 18 February.

You can watch the petition handover, an interview with Bob Pugh, spokesperson for the Friends and footage shot in the Museum itself here:

The first objective of the campaign, to achieve the debate at full Council over the budget proposals, has been met in resounding fashion.  Cambridgeshire County Council is aware of the strength of support for the Museum both within and beyond the County, thanks to the Council petition and the online SurveyMonkey petition which has been signed by people not just from around the UK but from around the world.  Thank you all for your support.

This Saturday, the Museum will be running an event, as part of the programme of activities the Museum organises throughout the year.  The Sealed Knot reenactment charity are sending Lord Robartes’ Regiment of the Army of Parliament, who will bring a cannon to the Museum and pull it through the town, demonstrating how artillery pieces were used during the English Civil Wars.  This event is free and open to all.

The fun will start at 10:30am so if you are in the area, please come and say hello!

Information about this event and the full programme of activities for 2014 are accessible on the County Council’s website here:






Huntingdon townspeople show their support for the Museum

Lindsay Cassedy and Bob Pugh collecting signatures in Huntingdon on Saturday 18 January.

Lindsay Cassedy and Bob Pugh collecting signatures. Photo courtesy of Helen Drake, Hunts Post.

On Saturday (18 January) the Friends of the Cromwell Museum gathered in Huntingdon town centre with hard copies of the Cambridgeshire County Council petition and spoke to people about the threat to the Museum.  The response was fantastic, with over 350 signatures received in two hours.

The Friends will be gathering signatures again on Saturday 25 January.  Currently the ePetition stands at 915 signatures; with the addition of signatures received in hard copy, we are approaching the 1,500 mark.  We need a really big push between now and the closing date of 5 February to get to the 3,000 signatures needed to force a debate of full Council.

If you live/own a business/work/attend a school or college in Cambridgeshire….

…then please sign the CCC ePetition here:
…and the SurveyMonkey petition here:

If you do not live/own a business/work/attend a school or college in Cambridgeshire but do want to express your concern about the proposed closure of the Museum…

…please add your name here:

At the last count, the SurveyMonkey petition stood at over 2,300 signatures which is a fantastic achievement.  It will really demonstrate to the Council that the Museum is valued by people within and beyond the county, and even the country.

Thank you to Helen Drake at the Hunts Post for her permission to reproduce the photograph above.