St Neots Museum Spring Newsletter 2016

 Wising you all a Happy Easter

Welcome to our Spring newsletter, included are all our forthcoming events and information about future plans.

Our two themes for the first half of the year are the Great War, with our Heritage Lottery Funded Project to collect and share information about the war coming to an end in June and the Victorian period in our area with a Victorian theme for our summer festival and our first Murder Mystery event.

Easter Family Drop-in Activities

As usual we are offering drop-in workshops, a free Easter trail with a mini chocolate Easter Egg for every child who completes the trail and a free Family Activity over the holiday period – many thanks to the Friends of the Museum for providing the Easter Eggs.

Funny Bunny

Create your own sock bunny

31st March & 1st April, 11am – 3pm,

£3.50 per child


Cardboard Tube Challenge

Try our monster challenge and see what you can make

7th & 8th April, 11am – 3pm, £3.50 per child


Free Easter Egg Trail

26th March to 9th April

Claim your free mini egg at the end of the trail


Exhibitions at the Museum

Our current exhibition by talented local illustrator Michael Kay ends on the

9th April, Michael Kay has an incredible talent for capturing fine details in his ink and crayon drawings, do call in to see the drawings if you haven’t already done so.  Both the original works and prints are available and if you would like a drawing of your house or a much loved pet Michael also undertakes commissions.


Opening on the 13th April is Life Lines, an exhibition by a talented

group of local artists who make up the Buckden Life Drawing Group.

They present a stunning exhibition of drawings, and paintings

revealing the human body in all its beauty and complexity.

The group members are all people with a strong interest in

the discipline of traditional drawing based on human anatomy

as it was once taught in art schools.


Private View Invitation

The Private View for this exhibition is on

Wednesday 13th April from 7.00 to 9.00pm

The exhibition continues until 14th May.


Forthcoming Events


Joe Elgie Art Work

Joe Elgie Art Work

Special events play an important part in bringing new visitors to the museum and building our audience base and this will be our first poetry event at the Museum.

Ted Bruning’s poems are funny and beautifully written, please do come along and help to make the event a success.


Phantastick Songs from the

World Next Door


Friday 22nd April 

7.00 – 9.00pm


Come along to the local launch of Ted Bruning and Joe Elgie’s fantastic new illustrated poetry book.

Discover the amusing and sometimes dark poetry of local author and journalist Ted Bruning with stunning illustrations by talented artist Joe Elgie. Enjoy a glass of wine with nibbles and listen to some of Ted’s poems, with music by Matt Heiland.


‘But don’t be too frightened: all’s not what it seems.

These flora and fauna are tissues of dreams;

And the monsters we dredge from the depths of our brain

Fall asleep when we wake …or they’d drive us insane.’



Toddler Time

Last Thursday of every month

Drop in event

11.00 – 12.00 noon

£3.50 per child

Next session – Thursday 31st March


As part of our programme of offering more events and activities to increase our audience are our new sessions for toddlers and their carers.

Devised by Lesley Sainsbury, our Learning and Access Officer, the sessions are a fun way to introduce children to museums, history and the pleasure of discovering new things and new environments. If you know any children aged 2 – 5 who might be interested do bring them along, as well as fun activities there are refreshments and a messy art creation to take home.


Thurs 28th April – Granny’s handbag

Thurs 26 May – The Eynesbury Giant

Thurs 30 June – Victorian Wash Day

Thurs 28 July – Woolly Mammoths



St Neots Museum Town Walks


Our Ghost Walks have now finished for the summer, but can still be booked by groups, they will resume in the Autumn.


St Neots and the Great War Walk



Wednesday 6th April

2.30pm & 7.30pm

Wednesday 11th May, 7.30pm


Tickets £5.00 per person



How was St Neots affected by the Great War 1914 – 18?

Discover the stories of the people that lived through the First World War and the local places they knew and loved.

Almost every building in St Neots town centre has a story to tell, join the Curator

for a walk through the town centre revealing the stories of the Great War.

Advance booking preferred, call the museum on 01480 214163 or email us at or come along to the Museum for 7.30pm





A walk through History

– The Story of St Neots

Wednesday 20th April

£5.00 per person

Step back in time to meet the people and places that shaped the town. Discover how the town got its name, why a local man assassinated the country’s Prime Minister, where the first people lived in our area

and how the town became world famous in the 1930s.

The walk starts at the Museum at 7.30pm and lasts about 80 minutes.




‘X’ Marks the Spot

St Neots Museum & ‘Mystery in History’   present

A Shocking

Murder Mystery!


On Saturday 2nd July, 6.30 – 10.00pm

Tickets £30.00 per person, including three course meal and complimentary glass of fizz on arrival (or alternative) Tickets available from St Neots Museum


Come and enjoy a brand new Murder Mystery written for St Neots Museum.

The evening starts at the United Reformed Church and includes a delicious three course meal, made for us by the Friends of St Neots Museum, then continues around town, as you follow the clues and attempt to find the dastardly murderer!


Based around the dramatic St Neots Urban District Council elections of 1896 – but using fictional characters – the story unfolds –  it is Saturday 28th March 1896, the night of the final hustings before the vote…and feelings are running so high that people may be tempted to resort to desperate measures to win the vote …even murder!



Tickets available from

St Neots Museum

Call in  to the museum

or email us at

 or 01480 214163

More details from the Museum and on our website