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 our Staff

Volunteers

We are supported by a dedicated team of volunteers, who help us with all aspects of the operation of our Museum, including front-of-house and welcoming services, project activities and work on our collections.

Project Staff

Maddie Cox, Museum Operations and Facilities Manager

Maddie is a museum professional with a background in museum operations and visitor services. Previously working at Historic Houses in Sydney, Australia, Maddie has a passion for history, heritage, and sharing the stories of the past with visitors. In her current role, she provides visitors with a safe and enjoyable experience at the museum, supports our dedicated volunteer team, and is responsible for the financial and operational management of the Museum of Cambridge.
contact: maddie.cox@museumofcambridge.org.uk

Annie Davis, Development Manager

Annie started as a Teacher of History in secondary schools in Bristol and Cambridge before moving to the National Archives in Kew, developing the schools and family engagement programmes. Annie started work at the Museum of Cambridge as the NLHF-funded Transitional Project Officer, delivering the ‘Securing Our Future’ project and is now the Development Manager, leading on the ‘Museum Making’ project. She works with staff, trustees and volunteers to deliver financial sustainability, quality community engagement and outstanding care of its collections. contact: annie.davis@museumofcambridge.org.uk

Aimee Flack, Collections Officer

Aimee is a museum professional, with a background in collections management, research and interpretation. Passionate about social history collections and the stories they can tell, Aimee will be working closely with our dedicated volunteer team to strengthen the collection’s relevancy, and supporting new community interpretation. This role is part of the National Lottery Heritage Funded project Museum Making, which aims to increase and improve our engagement with local communities and visitors to Cambridge alike.
contact: aimee.flack@museumofcambridge.org.uk

Florencia Nannetti, Community and Visitor Engagement Officer

Florencia is an Arts Educator, Art Historian, and creativity advocate, with a strong background in facilitation, development, and engagement in the cultural and educational sector. She will be delivering an exciting programme of activities and exhibitions, as part of the Cambridge City Council funded project “Museum of You”. She is eager to bring the Museum and residents and visitors of Cambridge closer together, and will be developing an engaging cultural offer to facilitate this, with and for the community.
contact: florencia.nannetti@museumofcambridge.org.uk

The Board of Trustees

Lucy Walker (Chair)

Lucy is an archaeologist and historian, with an interest in Heritage and Identity, and experience in adult education and special interest tourism. She is chair of the Mill Road History Society, Associate of the Pacitti Company Think Tank, and a former primary school governor. She joined the Board to help develop the museum as a social history hub for Cambridge and the surrounding area, and to reach out to more residents, students and visitors.

Dr Chris Jagger (Treasurer)

Chris is a former mathematics academic, chartered accountant and learning consultant, with wide training experience of adults. He plays bridge competitively, is passionate about music, and is a seasoned traveller who would like to write more about travel and develop his tour guide skills. He joined the Board to help the museum in its time of need and would love to transform it into the world class history museum the city so badly needs.

Lucy Astill (Trustee)

Lucy is currently Investment Manager for National Heritage Lottery Fund. She was previously the Resilience Project Officer and Heritage Engagement Officer for the Nottingham Industrial Museum, and Collections and Exhibitions Officer, and Operations Officer at Creswell Crags. Lucy has a special interest in collections management, policies and procedures, and governance.

Dr Matt Hann (Trustee)

Matt is Associate Director for trusts and foundations fundraising at the University of Cambridge. Prior to this, he worked with academics in the arts, humanities and social sciences at the University supporting research grant applications, with the University’s clinical medical fundraising team and was Alumni Relations Officer at Homerton College. He holds a PhD in political theory from the University of Durham, where he was president of the students’ union (and chair of trustees) at Ustinov College.

Claire Hardy (Trustee)

Claire is Education Development Manager at Vivacity in Peterborough and joined the Board of the Museum of Cambridge in 2018. She brings many years’ experience leading programme development in museums and galleries, covering education, events, festivals, exhibitions and commercial development, across locations in the UK including Cambridgeshire, Hampshire, Wiltshire and Cornwall. Claire studied Art and Design History and taught at secondary and HE level. She is also director of Peterborough’s Cultural Education Partnership and The Guildhall Trust in Portsmouth.

Jonathan Latchford (Trustee)

Jonathan currently manages all grant applications on behalf of Vivacity, which operates the major cultural and sporting venues across Peterborough including libraries, the Key Theatre and Peterborough Museum. After post-graduate studies he spent several years working for NGOs around the world as a researcher, outreach worker, project manager and fundraiser, returning to the UK to the Heritage Lottery Fund in the East of England and then as Cultural Project Manager at Peterborough Museum. He has close links with academia and national museums.

Roger Lilley (Trustee)

Roger has contributed to the Capturing Cambridge project and worked on other WWI related local history projects in Cambridge for several years. Currently a governor of Homerton Children’s Centre and treasurer of St John the Evangelist Hills Road, he was previously a teacher at Milton Road Primary School, a national campaigner for Friends of the Earth and an underwriter at Lloyd’s of London. Among his hobbies are early choral music, piano accompanying, travel and birdwatching.

Matthew Lowe (Trustee, representing the University of Cambridge Museums)

Matt is the Collections Manager for the University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge and, since Sept 2019, the representative Museum of Cambridge trustee member for University of Cambridge. He is a trained geologist who has worked across natural history collections in Cambridge and Manchester and is a Fellow of the Linnean Society.

Liz Morgan (Trustee)

Liz has worked in the heritage sector for twenty years, undertaking a variety of roles at the British Museum and the V&A, and most recently, the National Trust. She is an experienced project manager, and has particular expertise in exhibitions organisation, operational management and visitor experience development. She joined the Board in November 2020, to support the Museum’s development and to help safeguard its future.

Sally Page (Trustee)

Sally is the Volunteer Coordinator for a local NHS fundraising charity. She has been working and volunteering in the heritage sector for over ten years, predominantly working for the Imperial War Museums and the National Lottery Heritage Fund. She joined the Board of Trustees in April 2020, bringing volunteer management skills and an enthusiasm to develop the audiences of her local museum, to help secure its future.

Jack Pishhorn (Trustee)

Jack is the Manager of The Chester House Estate Project and trustee of Forncett Industrial Steam Museum. Graduate from the University of Manchester. Previously Visitor Operations Manager at The William Scott Abbott Trust at Sacrewell Farm and Visitor Services Manager at Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park. Jack brings experience in organisational leadership, fundraising, marketing, events management, facilities and site operations, retail and catering management and museum development.

Louisa Trivett (Trustee)

Louisa is Head of Business Development at the Institute of Continuing Education at the University of Cambridge.  Prior to this she was Managing Director of Acoustiguide who specialise in audio guides and interpretation for the museums and heritage sector.  She brings the Board business skills with a focus on culture and heritage.

Advisors to the Board of Trustees

James Bowers

James is a management consultant with six years of experience specialising in digital strategy and transformation. He has recently completed an MBA at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, and has previously worked with both Kenwood House and the Barbican Centre.

Dr Jane Eade, FSA

Jane is Lead Curator for the London and South East region of the National Trust. She has broad research interests in early modern history and visual culture, specialising in British portraiture. Jane brings to the museum her experience with Collections, curation protocols and managing historic buildings.

Carolyn Ferguson

Carolyn is a textile historian and independent scholar whose main interests are looking at nineteenth-century textiles from a social history perspective. Following a period as Museum Trustee she remains as an Adviser to the Board and is active in research and day-to-day management of the Museum’s Collection.

Elizabeth Froy

Elizabeth has a background in book publishing, editing books about wine before moving to Botswana where she worked for Longman as an editor for two years. Elizabeth has 10 years of experience fundraising for small local charities and developed her interest in the relationship between heritage and community while working on heritage projects with a local disability charity.

Shahida Rahman

Shahida is an award-winning author, writer and publisher, born and raised in Cambridge. She currently works at Cambridge Assessment and is a trustee of Cambridge Central Mosque and the Karim Foundation. With her son Ibrahim she recently launched the Cambridge Muslim Heritage Project, to explore the untold stories of Muslims who lived in Cambridge before the 1960s. You can read some of her work on Capturing Cambridge.