Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery
Curious about local history? Visit Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery and discover fascinating histories from the past that will have your whole family captivated. See over 200,000 items on display in the Museum and check out the latest exhibition in the Art Gallery. Many of the displays are interactive, ideal for the younger family members.
From Jurassic fossils, to Roman artefacts, to bone art made by French Napoleonic War prisoners – there will be plenty of exciting things to see and learn about during your visit.
Into spooky stories? Join in on one of the museum’s organised family-friendly ghost walks and and discover a more mysterious side of history.
Imperial War Museum, Duxford
Welcome to Europe’s largest air museum! IWM Duxford’s historic site (an exhibit itself) includes a vast range of enormous hangars, gigantic aircraft, a live airfield and a wide collection of personal stories of those who have lived, fought and died in conflict from the First World War to present day.
The airfield played a central role in some of the most dramatic days in 20th century history – serving as a base for many of the Spitfire and Hurricane pilots during the Second World War.
Inside every hangar and exhibition – and outside them too – there are hundreds of large aircraft, vehicles, boats and more. Explore in and around them and discover stories about the people whose lives they have affected.
With seven large exhibitions, Duxford is full of must-see highlights. Follow one of the many trails to help get the most out of your visit. Maybe you would like to follow the Battle of Britain Trail?
The Stained Glass Museum, Ely Cathedral
The Stained Glass Museum, located in Ely Cathedral, Cambridgeshire, has an inspirational collection of stained glass, spanning more than 800 years, from medieval to present day; from across Britain and Europe. See beautiful examples in the gothic, renaissance, pictorial, Pre-Raphaelite, Arts and Crafts, modern and contemporary styles.
Come an discover the illuminating art of stained glass – a tradition which has been practised for over 1,000 years. Learn about the making of stained glass and the materials and techniques developed by artists and craftsmen through the ages.
Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences
The Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences is the oldest of the University of Cambridge museums, having been established in 1728 as the Woodwardian Museum.
Since then the collection has grown from about 10,000 fossils, minerals and rocks, to at least 2 million. A walk through the museum will take you on a 4.5 billion year journey through time, from the meteoritic building blocks of planets, to the thousands of fossils of animals and plants that illustrate the evolution of life in the oceans, on land and in the air.
Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House, Wisbech
Octavia Hill, born in Wisbech (1838-1912) was a woman ahead of her time and one of the most influential of all Victorians. An artist and a radical, she was a pioneer of affordable housing and can be seen as the founder of modern social work and occupational therapy.
Octavia’s determination, personality and skill transformed poverty-stricken houses in three London streets: Paradise Place, Freshwater Place and Barrett’s Court, into tolerably harmonious communities. Communal facilities such as meeting halls, savings clubs and dramatic productions were established, enhancing the lives of tenants. She is seen as the founder of modern social casework.
In 1889 Octavia formed the first independent Cadet Battalion in London, the concept spread rapidly and became known as the army cadets. Today the Army Cadet Force (ACF) has over 40,000 members.
She was the first to use the term “Green Belt” for London. Three Kentish Hills (Mariners Hill, Toys Hill and Ide Hill) that Octavia saved from developers before her death, became part of that belt.
In 1885 collaborated with Robert Hunter and Hardwicke Rawnsley to raise public awareness of the railway developments threatening the Lake District. This collaboration led to the formation of the National Trust. The purchase of Alfriston Clergy House in 1895 marked the beginning of the National Trust’s building conservation work.
Today the National Trust has over 3.4 million members. It protects over 166 fine houses, 19 castles, 47 industrial monuments and mills, 49 churches and chapels and 35 public houses and inns.
The Trust also cares for forests, woods, fens, beaches (including 700 miles of coastline), farmland, downs, moorland, islands, archaeological remains, castles, nature reserves and villages.
The Royal Anglian Regiment Museum, Duxford
The Royal Anglian Regiment is the British Army’s regiment of infantry which covers the ten counties of Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Essex, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland.
Each of these counties had its own regiment at one time or another, some tracing their history back to 1685. With the size of the Army reducing in the mid 20th Century various amalgamations took place to form the 1st East Anglian Regiment (1959), the 2nd East Anglian Regiment (1960), and the 3rd East Anglian Regiment (1958).
These three regiments, together with the Royal Leicestershire Regiment, were in turn amalgamated to form the Royal Anglian Regiment on 1 September 1964.
The Museum, which is located within the Imperial War Museum Duxford, covers the history of the three East Anglian Regiments from 1958/59/60 and the Royal Anglian Regiment from 1964.