Oliver Cromwell’s House, Ely
Visitor attraction within Cromwell’s historic family home.
“We are extremely grateful to the Maltings for the creative and inspiring design concept they have developed with us”
(Manager, Oliver Cromwell’s House)
Oliver Cromwell’s House is the historic family home of the Cromwell family, where he last enjoyed a normal life before his infamous rise to be Lord Protector. His journey from relatively humble beginnings to being “King in all but name” is inexorably linked with the English Civil War and the march of the New Model Army. Presently owned and maintained by the local council, the house has become a much used Tourist Information Centre and visitor attraction. Despite such a rich and remarkable history, the visitor attraction was somewhat low key – displays were dated and it did not offer an immersive and powerful interpretation of events. Our brief was a challenging one – to totally refurbish and reinvent the Civil War room interpretation whilst ensuring it remained in keeping with the wider existing visitor experience. Lost revenue during closure was an issue, so the entire installation also had to take place within a 5 day timeframe across a school half term break.