Our Museum

Visit us and you will find a warm welcome, a quirky and unusual building and fascinating objects in our collections, some that might bring back memories.

 

Known as The Cambridge and County Folk Museum for over 70 years, our building is a Grade II listed 17th century former coaching inn. It’s an increasingly rare and important example of an historic timber-framed building of its type that is open to the public. Used by the townspeople of Cambridge, it was a domestic dwelling which has changed over time so it has an eccentric layout, winding staircases, uneven floors and a charming character that make your visit memorable.

 

Our collections represent Cambridge and Cambridgeshire history and heritage over 300 years, including objects related to everyday life, customs and traditions of local people, places and events.

 

We love the ways that objects tell stories, of their history, their makers, their owners and users. They tell stories that still have meaning now and we want to make connections between the past and the present by collecting peoples’ stories today.

 

Folklorist Enid Porter was the longest serving Museum curator (1947-1976) and her work characterises our collection. She strove to collect and preserve local heritage for future generations, recording stories and memories giving a unique insight and also shaping modern English folklore studies. We are reviving her ethos and ideas through projects exploring more recent, diverse heritage, reflecting and recording stories of development and change.

 

Meet the Team

Lorna O’Brien, Museum Manager. Contact: lorna.obrien@museumofcambridge.org.uk

Hilary Cox Condron, Capturing Cambridge Community Engagement Manager. Contact: hilary.coxcondron@museumofcambridge.org.uk

Charlotte Woodley, Tracing Traditions Project Manager. Contact: collections@museumofcambridge.org.uk

Sarah Dore, Tracing Traditions Project Assistant. Contact: sarah.dore@museumofcambridge.org.uk

Rachel Nielsen, Education Officer. Contact: rachel.nielsen@museumofcambridge.org.uk

We also rely on a dedicated team of volunteers to support Front of House, project and collections work.

 

Trustees:

Allan Brigham

Carolyn Ferguson

John Flood

James Greatorex

Sarah Ingram (Chair)

Joe McIntyre (co-Chair)

Josh Nall (University of Cambridge Museums Representative)

Lucy Walker

Tony Wicken