The Museum’s History

History of Museum

The museum is a result of local history objects and a wonderful Royston building being brought together.

The Collection

In 1856, the Institute Building (now the Town Hall) became the site of Royston’s first museum.  In 1901, this museum closed and the objects were sold at auction. Many of the objects were bought by collectors but some were later returned and are now in our current collection.

Royston and District Local History Society worked in the 1960s and 70s to start a new collection. They set up as a museum in one room of the Town Hall and aimed to get more people interested in their local history.

The Building

The museum building began life in the 1880s as a Sunday School for the nearby Congregational Church.  Before the Second World War the building was empty but soon the American Air Force 91st Bomb Group started using it.  They were based at Bassingbourn, a village just down the road and they used the building as their social club. Shower rooms and a kitchen were built but these were removed at the end of the war.

History of Museum

After the Second World War, the Sunday School started running again along with other classes. Some of our visitors remember having dance lessons here.

In 1984, the museum we have today was created when the collection and the building came together.

The collection has been added to since 1984 with many objects telling the story of Royston and local villages.