The Norris Museum opened in 1933. Its original diverse collection of Huntingdonshire’s history was lovingly acquired over many years by St Ives born amateur historian, Herbert Norris.

The museum and library were opened in 1933, showcasing the many treasures, and continuing to collect and preserve them for future generations. The collections have grown steadily since then and the museum continues to collect from within the old county boundary. There are just over 33,000 items.

The museum buildings, set in an attractive riverside garden, are a major asset to the town and local area in themselves.

It would be hard in this old town, with all its enchanting places, to find a place surpassing in attractiveness the museum on the river bank. We have seen few museums built so neatly in so fair a place as this.

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Another midweek photographic curiosity for you all...

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We all know what Bridge Street looks like today, but here we have two pictures taken 140 years ago in 1878, before the motor car came along!

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The Charter Monkey Art Group, part of the Papworth Trust, has been supported by The Norris Museum and have created this wonderful piece of art work.

The charming chappy is currently on display in the museum gallery for short period of time, before it will be returned to the art group - so why not pop into the museum and see him while you can!

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Come and learn a new craft with us next Tuesday. Just a couple of spots left! And look what you could be creating...

3 days ago

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We have a great display on Fen skating here at The Norris Museum too ❄️Bury lies 7 miles north of Huntingdon, and is named for the "burh" nearby (probably the remains of a Roman fort).

The village is the birthplace of "Bandy", a sport similar to ice hockey, in 1813 it was recorded that the club based in the village (pictured) had been the undefeated champions for 100 years.

The phrase "bandy about" is based on the hitting of the ball around in games of Bandy.


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The Coffee, Cake and Culture Friendship Group have created this 1950s table cloth, to go in the museum reminiscence box for the 1950s. The group meet on the first and third Tuesday of the month at 10.30am.

If you'd like to find out more about this friendly group and how to join us, please contact Susan Bate, our Community Projects Officer on 01480 497314.

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