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.

[mk_blockquote font_family=”none” align=”left”]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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3 months ago

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Don't forget to share your Easter Bonnets on our social media this Bank Holiday weekend. Check out our page for videos about how to put it all together and and idea on how to decorate your bonnet. ...

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3 months ago

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𝐀 𝐦𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐚𝐠𝐞 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐃𝐢𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐫, 𝐒𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐡:

Hello everyone,

We are all having to get used to a new, if temporary, way of life. One thing that has really struck me, however we are individually affected, it is likely that none of us have experienced anything quite like this before. As a historian and a museum bod my thoughts go straight to how we will be talking about this in the future? How will the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 be remembered, reported and looked back on? Seeing as we are still very much in the thick of it, we don't necessarily know. My question for you is could you think about this now, especially in light of the fact that we are all having to experience it in isolation? We don't have our normal ways of sharing. We aren't catching up over coffee and talking about the news or what has happened at home. So how else could you be documenting your experiences, thoughts and reflections?

Could you and your family keep an 'in the moment' record of what your lives are like and how you are affected? How you feel being at home, the challenges you face, the unexpected delights you have discovered, the things you have finally got done! Are you an NHS worker? What are your experiences? Are you trying to work from home and be a full time parent at the same time? Are you home from school? Do you miss your friends? How are you keeping yourselves busy?

There are all sorts of ways you could think about doing this. You could write a diary, you could paint a picture that represents your mood or how you feel, you could video your family enjoying a new isolation activity, you could make a scrapbook of things that are significant to you and your family at this time.

If we all did this, we could create a very special record of our community in this most unique of times. When the museum eventually reopens we are going to dedicate the exhibition gallery to hosting a snapshot of this pandemic. It will be a space for you to share your experiences, what you have written or recorded, the things you have made - keep all those rainbow pictures in your windows please! - and for you to see the experiences of others.

SO! Get writing, get creating, get filming, get capturing! Be honest, be real and be ready to share. Tell us what you are doing via our social media or send something to [email protected] We will be sharing ours.

Thank you,
Sarah
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3 months ago

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It's nearly time to enter our Easter Bonnet competition!

Here is a video of Hannah, our Learning and Outreach Officer, decorating her's with a sunny Easter scene.

We are looking forward to seeing what you create! 😃

The competition is open to all children up to 16 years of age.

The winning children will receive a voucher (after we reopen) that will allow them 6 months of free entry into our family event days.

If you would like to enter, please follow the steps below...

* Download our template (see our Facebook post from 2nd Thursday April)
* Print it onto A4 paper or card
* Cut it out and assemble (please read the instructions, but disregard the bit at the end about attending our event)
* Decorate it however you like (as long as it is Easter-themed!)
* Take a photo of you or your teddy wearing your wonderful creation and share with us over social media (please include your first name and age) from Friday 10th to Monday 13th April
* The winners will be announced after Easter weekend
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3 months ago

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A TEAPOT FOR MR AND MRS SKEELES

In the 1870s the Measham Pottery at Church Gresley in Derbyshire started to make souvenir teapots for weddings and anniversaries and sent them all over the country. We can find no W A Skeeles in St Ives directories or censuses, but there is a William R Skeeles (50 years old in Ramsey Road in 1891) and an Agnes Skeeles aged 48 in 1901, so perhaps this marked their wedding- he was a St Ives builder and brickmaker.
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3 months ago

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Looking for some fun Easter Crafting? Why not enter our Easter Bonnet Competition?

Download the template, cut out, assemble and decorate however you like! Share with us through social media over Easter weekend (Friday 10th to Monday 13th April) along with your first name and age.

The winning children will receive a voucher for 6 months of free entry to our family event days (from when we reopen).

Here's a video of how to assemble your bonnet - this one has just been coloured in, but you could also stick things to it, it can be as 3D as you like - the more creative the better!
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3 months ago

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We may be temporarily closed but we are still hard at work. Our latest newsletter contains a request from Sarah, our Director, to help us document these strange times, an Easter bonnet competition, a community update, some history of the bridge chapel and an object of the month.

If you have already signed up for the newsletter you should have received a copy straight to your inbox. If you would like to sign up, head over to our Facebook page and click the 'Sign Up' button. Alternatively, you can have a read here: mailchi.mp/1b1263425f45/norris-news-april2020.
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