A Brief History of the Museum
A Museum was first established in Royston in 1856, when it was housed in
the Institute Building, but in 1901 a decision was taken to close it and the
collection was unfortunately sent for auction and dispersed. Many of the finest
items were bought by collectors, though some were later returned for the
current collection through the generosity of individual purchasers.
In the 1960s and 70s a group from the local history society worked on
bringing a collection about Royston and the area back together. A room in the
town hall was acquired to show these objects and arouse people’s interest in
In 1984 the museum moved into its current building, the old
Congregational Church Schoolroom. The building had been empty for some time but
during the Second World War it was used as a social club for the members of the
American Air Force 91st Bomb Group which was based at Bassingbourn.
The Americans installed shower facilities and a kitchen which were later
removed at the request of the authorities when the war was over.
Since 1984 the collection has been continually added to. The museum
achieved it Accreditation status in 2012 and this highlights the standards of
professional practice that the museum strives to maintain and improve on.
Today, the museum hosts events and workshops throughout the year to
bring new visitors in who then spend much time looking around at the amazing
The museum collection is rich and diverse. On a visit to the museum you will explore the
history of the area from the Ice Age through to the 1950s. You will see everything from Stone Age axe
heads to Victorian farming equipment and from Second World War helmets to a
A Museum for Everyone
The Museum aims to cater for all ages.
We run a fortnightly Toddler music and Dance workshops and for kids aged
roughly 4-10years we run regular craft workshops particularly during the school
holidays and on selected Saturday mornings.
For older kids, the Youth Members is a great opportunity to get hands on
with the collection as the group plan their own exhibitions and events.
We run regular craft workshops for adults ranging from willow weaving to
rag rugging. We also offer the chance to use our 1855 Colombian Printing Press,
which was once used to print the local newspaper, the Royston Crow. For adults, we also hold a monthly
reminiscence group where visitors meet to chat about the history of the
Our wonderful upstairs art gallery showcases local artists. With a varied programmed of art exhibitions
throughout the year it is a great reason to keep coming back to see the talent
We welcome visitors with pushchairs.
Wheelchair access to the ground floor is via a side entrance. Please press the bell on the outside wall to
let us know you need assistance. Link to Access Statement
For more information about the museum, visit www.roystonmuseum.org.uk.