Oliver Cromwell’s House in Ely set for £30,000 make-over after receiving money from Cambridgeshire grant programme
PUBLISHED: 10:50 15 August 2018 | UPDATED: 10:51 15 August 2018
Popular Ely tourist attraction Oliver Cromwell’s House is set to have a make-over after receiving £30,000 from a Cambridgeshire grant scheme.
The work, said to be completed by January 2019, comes after a funding boost from the Cambridgeshire Fens LEADER Grants Programme by Cambridgeshire Acre.
The money will be used to re-design one of the eight rooms which make up the tour of the historical building which was once home to the Cromwell family.
Tracey Harding, manager of the house, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive this news.
“This means that our Civil War exhibition, which is one of the key themes on our tour, can now be redesigned to make it more interactive and engaging for visitors.”
The house is one of four paid attractions in Ely and has had a varied history following the departure of the Cromwell family in 1645.
It became a pub in the mid 1800s and then a vicarage before East Cambridgeshire District Council purchased it and opened it as a visitor attraction and tourist information centre in 1991.
Earlier this year the house was passed into the care of the City of Ely Council who now has the remit for the Visit Ely team who are responsible for tourism in the city.
Ms Harding added: “This is the first time that we have received external funding to specifically focus on improving the attraction.
“We are extremely grateful for all the support that we have received from Cambridgeshire Acre in assisting us with securing this grant.”