Norris Museum
Norris Museum

The Norris Museum in St Ives tells the story of the no-longer extant county of Huntingdonshire. The museum was founded by St Ives native Herbert Norris, who bequeathed his collection of Huntingdonshire artefacts when he died in 1931.

The museum contains exhibitions of local art, as well as old photographs and memorabilia associated with Huntingdonshire. The museum gift shop offers a guidebook of the town of St Ives.

Anglo-Saxon jewellery
Anglo-Saxon jewellery

The museum library holds a large collection of historic photographs, manuscripts, old newspapers, prints, drawings, and watercolours.

The museum collections range from the prehistoric period to the present day, including archaeological finds,

Museum Highlights

  • 1563 edition of Ovid's Metamorphoses
  • Objects made from pieces of two crashed aircraft
  • Recreation of Herbert Norris's study
  • Anglo-Saxon jewellery
  • Roman carved figures
  • Woolly mammoth tusk

The museum is arranged around three sides of a courtyard, with one wing of the building formed by the Grade II listed York House, an early 19th-century building. In the courtyard are several large stone coffins from the medieval period.

Recreation of Herbert Norris's study
Recreation of Herbert Norris's study

Museum staff offer regular talks on local history and also run town heritage walks. As of this writing, the museum is free to visit.

Don't confuse this St Ives with the larger town of the same name in Cornwall!

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About Norris
Address: 41 The Broadway, St Ives, Cambridgeshire, England, PE27 5BX
Attraction Type: Museum
Location: off the B1040
Website: Norris
Location map
OS: TL312 713
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express


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