Norman Cross straw work portrait donated by the Friends

Museum Friends

‘Friends of Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery’ organise events and activities including lunchtime lectures and a newsletter, ‘Musings’.

These events and activities help promote the work of the Museum, and help raise funds to buy new items for the collections. The most recent acquisitions to the collections include a Norman Cross portrait and a manuscript written by John Clare. The money was raised with proceeds from the Martin Howe Lecture, an annual event organised by the Museum Friends.

The Friends monthly lunchtime lectures (including buffet lunch) are open to all, and cover subjects of historical, local or general interest. They take place on the third Thursday of each month, beginning at 12:30pm in the Howe Room of Peterborough Musuem (Priestgate, Peterborough, PE1 1LF).

Entrance is £4 for members, £5 for non-members.

Lecture Programme, 2015-16

All lectures are held in the Howe Room at Peterborough Museum, with a buffet lunch included in the ticket price. Lunch is served from 12.15pm, with the lecture starting at 1pm. The dates, subjects and speakers are:

17 September 2015 – The Romans in the Fens by Chris Carr
15 October 2015 – What They Didn’t Teach You In History At School by Stuart Orme
19 November 2015 – Magna Carta by Gerry Cannings
17 December 2015 – A Medieval Christmas by Stuart Orme (also Celebrating Our 21st Anniversary)
21 January 2016 – The History of Theatre in Peterborough by Dr E A Warman
18 February 2016 – The Fenland Ark by Alan Bottell
17 March 2016 – Buckden Palace by Peter Ibbett
21 April 2016 – AGM at 11.30 am followed by Raymond Mays of Bourne by Dr M McGregor
19 May 2016 – The Artists of Dieppe by Diana Hindley
16 June 2016 – Traditional Musical Instruments by Terry Warrington
21 July 2016 – Mexico, Olmecs to Aztecs and Mayans by Gary and Sheila Frisby