Collections

The Museum has a wide ranging collection of almost 10,000 objects and photographs which tell the story of the town of St Neots and the surrounding area. The museum is housed in the Victorian Police Station and Magistrates Court building and you can still visit the Edwardian police cells built in 1907.

The Story of St Neots – On the Ground Floor

Visit our 1907 police cells and discover the Story of St Neots Gallery, including; a giant woolly mammoth leg bone, our Roman pottery sorting activity, the story of St Neot and the skeleton of a medieval monk, information about an English Civil War skirmish on the Market Square in 1648 with costume to try on, and the coming of the railway in 1851.

Also on the ground floor is our Temporary Exhibition Gallery which has a changing programme of art and local history exhibitions throughout the year.

Work and Play – On the First Floor

In our Crafts and Trades Gallery find out about the working lives of ordinary people including the blacksmith, the thatcher and the brewer. The Home Life Gallery contrasts everyday life in the 1930s and the Victorian period, and displays the cot used by one of the famous St Neots Quads: born in 1935 the Quads were the worlds first multiple birth babies to survive.

Photographic and Reserve Collections

Many of our items are preserved in our stores and are used in Temporary Exhibitions, including our large photographic collection. If you are looking for information about a particular place or want to find out more about a local object you own, or if you are looking for family history information, then please contact the curator: curators@stneotsmuseum.org.uk

Handling Collections

The museum is gradually building up a collection of objects from the twentieth century which visitors can touch and feel, as well as a number of specialist loan boxes – see our Learning page.