Museum opening hours: Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm

The Broadway, St Ives,

Cambridgeshire, PE27 5BX



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Arts on Prescription

Every Wednesday from the 26th September 2018 – 12th December 2018

Spaces now available on the new series of Arts on Prescription at The Norris Museum in St Ives, Cambridgeshire.

The workshops are at 1-3pm on Wednesdays, from the 26th September until the 12th December 2018.

For more information about how to book please visit:

Reindeer Trail

17th November 2018


Visit St Ives Methodist Church on Saturday 17th November, for their wonderful Christmas Fair!

The Norris Museum are joining in by taking part in their Reindeer Trail – can you find all the reindeers and earn a prize!


Charles' Dickens The Signalman

22nd November 2018



“Now, sir, mark this, and judge how my mind is troubled. The spectre came back, a week ago. Ever since, it has been there, now and again, by fits and starts.”
The Signalman (1866), Charles Dickens
On a lonely stretch of railway line, a signalman sees forms and hears voices.
Echoes of the past? Or visions of things to come?

Charles Dickens’s short ghost story is acclaimed as one of the eeriest in the English language. Now it is bought vividly to life in this dramatic rehearsed reading from Robert Lloyd Parry.

Tickets are £4 per person.
Booking is essential.
Please telephone 01480 497314 to book your seat.


Pebbles Club Festive Fun

Saturday 24th November 2018, 10am-12pm – FESTIVE FUN

£2.00 per child, please pay on the day.

The Norris Museum launched a NEW UNDER 5s CLUB in March 2018. The Easter Story Time event was a great success, filled with stories, play, creative crafts and more! We have two more events planned for this year: Summer Party (Wednesday 8th August) and Festive Fun (Saturday 24th November). We expect to have many more dates next year, so do check back regularly for updates!








Willow Christmas Decorations Workshop

30th November 2018

2:30-5pm Adult Workshop with Jane Frost

5:30-7:30pm Family Workshop with Jane Frost

Participants will learn a variety of techniques to make Christmas decorations, including angels, wreaths, trees and baubles. In addition you will be able to include materials to suit the style and theme that you prefer. Willow and tools are provided. Additional things you may like to bring: 1. Scissors and string, 2. Sharp knife – Stanley or craft, 3. Cutters or secateurs, 4. Gardening gloves (optional), 5. Notebook, sketchbook, pens and pencils, 6. Ribbons and fabric scraps with Christmas theme.

For any queries about the workshop please email
For bookings and queries related to The Norris Museum please contact

Adult Workshop:

This workshop is suitable for beginners as well as those with some experience. Participants will learn a variety of techniques to make Christmas decorations, including angels, wreaths, trees and baubles. In addition you will be able to include materials to suit the style and theme that you prefer.

Family Workshop:

It’s fun to make Christmas decorations together so this family workshop is designed to be suitable for children from 7 years old with parent or carer.

Christmas Traditions Family Day

8th December 2018


A festive family drop-in event at The Norris Museum.

Take a sleigh ride through time with our special Christmas Traditions family day.

Explore some wonderful crafts, make baubles, crackers, sweets, Christmas cards and decorations.

Write a letter to Father Christmas and enjoy some carols and festive treats too.

No need to book just pop along and enjoy all the activities for just £2 each.

Pop Up Cafe

13th December 2018


The cafe; serving tea, coffee, biscuits and cakes, is being run in partnership with SENSE and the proceeds will be going to help fund community projects with SENSE.

To learn more about the amazing work that SENSE do, please visit:

Previous Pop up Cafe events: 11th October, 8th November

House of Spies

14th March 2019


Whilst famous for ‘Operation Epsilon’, when German Nuclear Scientists spent some months being ‘listened’ in on, Farm Hall in Godmanchester has a fascinating earlier wartime history which is only now becoming known.

Staffed by Squadron Leader Bruce ‘Bonzo’ Bonsey and Squadron Leader Cautley Naysmith Shaw, otherwise known as ‘Pink Gin Percy’ the hall was an SIS (Secret Intelligence Service) establishment which played host to agents of many nationalities who were later dropped into occupied Europe, some came to stay after their mission was completed.

Doodle Bugs, Commando raids, the secret world of espionage and a hero Cocker Spaniel ensure this is an exciting story.

Tickets are £5 (4 for Friends of the Norris).

Early booking is essential as Roget is a popular speaker!

Coffee, Cake & Culture Group

1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month

10:30am – 12pm

Come along for a morning of cake, coffee and culture. A regular, free event for those who enjoy meeting new, like-minded people and a chance to experience some museum-led activities such as talks, object handling, reminiscing and arts and crafts. We always make time for a tea break and a catch up too.

If you’d like to find out more about this friendly group and how to join us please contact Susan Bate on 01480 497314.

We look forward to seeing you.


The Royal British Legion Pop In

24th September, 22nd October & 26th November 2018

2pm – 4pm

Information, advice and guidance for serving members of the Armed Forces, Reservists, veterans and their families will be available!  Pop in to the Norris Museum, working in partnership with the Royal British Legion!  Pop in, call 0808 802 8080 or visit

Past Events

Lino Cutting

Tuesday 25th September 2018

Introduction to Lino Cutting workshop – 1-5pm

with Rebecca Hearle

Please book your space (workshop is £30) by phoning us on 01480 497314.

All materials and tools provided. Booking essential.

Fluttering Through Time Family Day

Saturday 15th September

Join us for Fluttering Through Time: A Butterfly Family Event Day with The Norris Museum, St Ives Methodist Church and Holt Island.

In celebration of Heritage Open Days 2018.

Butterfly crafts, butterfly trails and more!
Find out how butterflies are an important part of our history—and how to help them remain a part of our future!

St Ives Town History Tours

Twice a month from May to September 2018
4 topics to choose from:

A History of St Ives – Sunday 2pm – 20th May, 22nd July & 16th September
Law, Order and Disaster – Thursday 6pm – 10th May, 12th July & 6th September
Bridging the Centuries – Sunday 2pm – 17th June & 19th August
Back Streets – Thursday 6pm – 7th June & 9th August
Booking essential – £5 per person

E:, T: 01480 497314

Herbert Norris’ St Ives – discover the man behind the museum

Saturday 15th September

We are excited to announce that, as part of our Heritage Open Days 2018 events, we are running a new tour of St Ives town, on Saturday 15th September 2018 at 10:30am.

The walk looks at St Ives through the life of Herbert Norris; local man, collector and founding benefactor of the Norris Museum.

This FREE tour starts at the Norris Museum and lasts approximately 2 hours.

Booking essential as only 20 places available. Call us today on 01480 497314 or email to reserve your place.

Lace Making

8th September 2018
Lace Making with the Fenland Lace Makers

The Norris Museum welcomes The Fenland Lacemakers for a Lace Demonstration Day.

This is a free drop in event offering you the chance to see how lace is made and to have a go at making some yourself.

Pop in and have a go on a practice pillow. Learn the basics and how the threads weave together to make lace.

If you have time, you will be able to create your own lace key fob to take away too.

Everyone welcome!

Family Craft Days

10th, 17th & 31st August 2018

10th August – Paint a Pebble
Be inspired by artefacts in the Norris Museum collections and paint a pebble to keep and/or send travelling across the country.

17th August – Faces
Experiment with portraits. Explore different styles and mediums.
Take your creations away or leave them so we can display a selection of our favourites in the museum. Either way, come and have some creative family fun.

31st August – Mix & Match

A chance to take part in a variety of crafts related to our local history.
Bring the gang and come and get creative!

Family Craft Days - Marvellous Mosaics

3rd & 24th August 2018

3rd August – Marvellous Mosaics
24th August – Marvellous Mosaics

Make a mosaic coaster with local artist Zena Brackenbury.

There are 3 time slots available and booking is required. Simply telephone us on 01480 497314.

The cost is just £3.50 per session.

Or £5.00 for one adult and one child.

Or £10 for a family of 4 (4 coasters, 1 each)

This activity requires working with very small pieces of glass. Under 10s must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the activity.

The Witches are coming!

1st August 2018

2pm to 4pm

Hosted by The Norris Museum at St Ives Library. Tickets £1.50 available from the library.

Discover how people in the 17th century protected themselves from those they believed to be witches. Make a dream catcher, brave the witch repellent and discover the truth about witches. Please note: This is a bookable event. Please contact the library to book your space/s. Book early to avoid disappointed. Suitable for children age 4 and above. Must be accompanied by an adult.


The Norris Museum’s Summer Festival

Saturday 28th July

10am to 4pm

Meet people from the past, browse stalls and listen to historical music
Make your own mark on our shared local history

Free to drop in!



Museum on the Move

Wednesday 25th July

10am to 4pm

Enjoy creative crafts and games and explore ancient artefacts!
At the George Hotel, part of the Huntingdonshire History Festival. Free to drop in!


Keep Calm - Learn to be Mindful

11th June 2018
10:30am – 11:30am

A great opportunity to learn how to relax with breathing techniques and visualisations in the delightful surroundings of The Norris Museum.

Cost is just £8 per session. Please contact Dee on 07901774660 to book your space.

Dinomania! At The Norris Museum and Holt Island Nature Reserve

Tuesday 29th May 2018,
11am-3pm – Free to drop in


Archaeological Finds Day

Saturday 26th May 2018,

The Norris Museum invites archaeology enthusiasts of all ages to bring along their own finds and have them identified by Cambridgeshire’s Finds Liaison Officer, Helen Fowler.

So if you have an unusual object or something interesting to share with us, do pop in. There will be activities for the whole family including Dig and Discover, Excavate and Explore and a chance to see a great collection of curious coins with our volunteer, Charlie.


Introduction to Lino Cutting

With artist Rebecca Hearle learn to how to make a single block linocut.

Tuesday 22 May. 1pm – 5pm

Using the museum collections or your own imagination for inspiration, Rebecca will guide you through the whole process of making your linocut. All materials will be provided.

Booking essential.

£30 per person or £24 for Friends of The Norris Museum.

Museum on the Move

Museum on the Move!

The Norris Museum’s Museum on the Move returns to… The Porch Museum! (Queen Elizabeth School, Godmanchester)

Bank Holiday Monday 7th May 2018. 10am to 4pm

Free to drop in!

Join us for a day of fun filled crafts and games for all ages
Toys from the past – digging for Jurassic fossils – discover and play Roman board games – make your own time capsule box – puppet crafts – and more!

Handle real historical artefacts
From Jurassic fossils to Roman pots to the far more recent 1950s

Refreshments will be available

The Signalman by Charles Dickens

A rehearsed reading by Robert Lloyd Parry. Friday 13 April 3:30pm

Robert returns with a new story.

Book a place and pay what you want on the day.


Petticoats and Winkle Pickers

Petticoats and Winkle-Pickers – 1950s Family Event Day at The Norris Museum

10am to 4pm, Thursday 5th April – Free to drop in

Come in 50s fancy dress, listen to live music, get creative with family crafts

Call in advance to book a slot with a vintage hair stylist, only £7.50 per person

Stirling to Essen: The Godmanchester Stirling

7pm Wednesday 25th April – a talk by Roger Leivers at The Norris Museum

Evening includes the opportunity to purchase a copy of Roger’s book Stirling to Essen with the author kindly donation £5 from each sale to The Norris. Signing of the books will take place at the end of the talk.

Booking essential

Tickets £5 or £4 for Friends of The Norris Museum


pottery workshop poster

Prehistoric Pottery Workshop

10am – 1pm Wednesday 21st March or Saturday 31st March 2018


Learn how to craft a Roman oil lamp and a Neolithic Beaker style pot with the guidance of Sara Wilkinson of Bourn Pottery.

Only £30 (£24 for Norris Friends). All materials and refreshments provided



Pebbles Club for Under 5s

10am – 12pm Saturday 24th March 2018

The Norris Museum is proud to present a NEW UNDER 5s CLUB launching in March 2018, filled with stories, play, creative crafts and more!

Saturday 24th March
Pebbles and Friends – Easter Story Time for Under 5s
10am to 12pm

£2.00 per child, please pay on the day.


'The Women of Roman Britain' a talk by Paddy Lambert

7pm Wednesday 14th March 2018


The lives and roles of women in the Roman world are shrouded in salacious myth, false assumptions and bad history. The evidence tends to paint a simple and misleading picture of a wholly male dominated society, a world of armies and tradesmen, of farmers and craftsmen, where women simply provided a background to change. The truth is far more pragmatic. Using a full spectrum of evidence, including archaeology and epigraphy, this talk attempts to present the experiences of women from all levels of Romano-British society – who helped carve the edge of the known world into the province of Britannia we know today.

Tickets £5 or £4 for Friends of the Norris Museum.

Booking essential

Poet and Flying Ace Miles Jeffrey Day

Miles Jeffrey Day: Poet and Flying Ace

7:30pm Saturday 10th March 2018

An evening to celebrate Huntingdonshire’s Poet and Flying Ace, presented by Andrea Porter with readings by Robert Lloyd Parry.

From childhood to  death in skies above Belgium in 1918.

Readings, correspondence, photographs and film

Tickets £15 from the Corn Exchange or at

Produced by the Town Team in association with the Norris Museum and Sponsored by Leeds Day Solicitors

Family Fun Day: Civilisations

Family Fun Day: Inspired by Civilisations

10am – 2pm Saturday 3rd March 2018

Leave YOUR mark to represent OUR civilisation for the future.

Hear stories of great civilisations read by our friends from St Ives Library from 11am.

Make your own Roman catapult and test it in the garden.

Or design and wear an Egyptian necklace!

At The Norris Museum, The Broadway, St Ives PE27 5BX, E:, T: 01480 497314

Poster The stalls of Barchester Cathedral

Reading: The Stalls Of Barchester Cathedral

3:30pm Tuesday 27th February 2018

A Rehearsed Reading by Robert Lloyd Parry of “The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral” by M. R. James

Reserve a place. Pay at the End!

At The Norris Museum, The Broadway, St Ives PE27 5BX, E:, T: 01480 497314

If you think stories are for children, think again!

Twilight at the Museums: The Norris at Night

4:30-7:30pm Tuesday 13th February 2018

Experience The Norris Museum in a whole new light!  Bring your torch to explore the darkened galleries – what will you discover?

Part of the University of Cambridge Museums and Botanic Garden’s Twilight at the Museums

At The Norris Museum, The Broadway, St Ives PE27 5BX

Arts on Prescription

1 – 3 pm Wednesdays from February to May 2018

Free arts workshops at the Norris Museum, St Ives for anyone experiencing depression, stress or anxiety.

(It is not art therapy, although participants find it therapeutic)

At The Norris Museum, The Broadway, St Ives PE27 5BX


Doodle and Draw

Design, Doodle and Draw

10am – 4pm, Friday 27th October 2017

For all ages – no drawing experience required! Celebrate the joy of mark-marking and be inspired by historical artefacts

Pebbles and Friends Story Time

10am – 12pm, Saturday 11th November 2017

Free to drop in, but be here at 10:30am to hear ‘Pebbles and Friends: A Christmas Adventure’ read by the authors, Hannah Vandridge and Robert Clarke. Get creative with festive crafts based on the characters!


10am -4pm, Saturday 2nd December 2017

An ice themed family fun day with crafts, games and sensory play! Warm yourself with a mince pie and hot chocolate.

This event is free to enter, just drop in.

Donations welcome.

Oh Whistle...two ghost stories by M.R. James

7pm, Tuesday 28th November 2017

Think stories are just for children? Think again. Robert Lloyd Parry performs two stories by M R James.

Tickets £10. Refreshments included in ticket price.

Booking essential

Christmas Carols

6:30pm, Monday 11th December 2017

Along with St Ives Methodist Church we invite you to join us to sing carols in the Museum garden. This has become something of a tradition and a lovely way to take a break from the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping.

Free; donations welcome and split between the Museum and the Methodist Church

Sherlock at Christmas

3:30pm, Monday 11th December 2017

The Adventures of the Blue Carbuncle by Arthur Conan Doyle

A rehearsed reading by Roboert Lloyd Parry.

Please reserve your place by contacting us on 01480 497314

Pay what you like on the day.

More events coming soon!