Museums and Groups in Cambridgeshire

There are plenty of ways to get involved with the history and archaeology of Cambridgeshire. Why not visit a museum or join an archaeological society?

Many Portable Antiquities Scheme finds can be seen on display at museums around the county (see the links that accompany the descriptions below).



Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

The Museum holds archaeological finds from every part of the inhabited world. They range from some of the very oldest – early hominid tools discovered by Louis Leakey in Olduvai Gorge, east Africa – to medieval and post-medieval finds from sites within Cambridge.

Ely Museum

Ely Museum is a bright and friendly local history museum, located in the Bishop’s Gaol in the centre of the historical city of Ely. The Museum is the history centre for the Isle of Ely & the Fens and it takes you on a journey through time from prehistory to the twentieth century. Several PAS finds are on display here including a Bronze age gold bracelet (CAM-08B4E0) and a medieval sword mount (CAMHER-9583E3).

Fitzwilliam Museum

The museum was founded in 1816 with the legacy of the library and art collection of the 7th Viscount FitzWilliam. The museum holds a rich collection of finds, in particular British coins and medals.

Peterborough City Museum & Art Gallery

Located in one of the city’s most historic buildings, Peterborough Museum has a wealth of stories to fascinate and enthrall the whole family. With amazing objects and interactive displays for all ages, the collections comprise over 200,000 items of great national and international importance.

St. Neots Museum

St. Neots museum tells the story of this busy market town from prehistoric times to the present day. The West Cambridgeshire Iron Age coin hoard is on display here (NARC-8375F7).


Societies & Organisations

Abington History Group

Cambridge Antiquarian Society

Cambridge Archaeology Field Group

Cherry Hinton Local History Society

Chesterton Community Archive

Cottenham Village Society

Eltisley History Society

Ely & District Archaeological Society

Fen Edge Archaeology Group

Fenland Archaeological Society

Fulbourn Village History Society

Gamlingay and District Heritage Society

Giddings History Group

Great Chesterford Local History and Archaeology Society

Histon and Impington Archaeology Group

Hemingfords’ Local History Society

Houghton and Wyton Local History Society

The Hundred Parishes Society

The Isleham Society

Kimbolton Local History Society

The Landbeach Society

Linton & District Historical Society

The Littleport Society

Longstanton and District Heritage Society

Melbourn History Group

Meldreth Local History Group

Orwell Local History Society

Peterborough Archaeology

Peterborough Museum Society

Sawston Village History Society

Sawtry History Society

St Ives Archaeology Group

St Neots Local History Society

Stapleford History Society

Swavesey & District History Society

The Thorney Society