Cromwell’s perfumed soap gift
WHILE perfumed soap is not the most obvious of gifts for Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell a new exhibition will show that this was given to him in 1657.
The new exhibition will open at the Cromwell Museum, in Grammar School Walk, Huntingdon on Saturday, May 12 and centre on a 17th century Italian cabinet which has been loaned to the museum by Cromwell’s descendants.
The family tradition is that it was a gift to Cromwell from the Grand Duke of Tuscany in return for Cromwell’s portrait which still hangs in the Pitti Palace in Florence.
The exhibition shows what had been in more than 50 glass vessels in the cabinet following a recent scientific analysis.
John Goldsmith, the curator of the museum, said: “The cabinet has been on display in the museum for many years but we have only recently been able to explain in more detail its true significance.”
The exhibition will run until early November and admission is free.
It is open daily Tuesday to Sunday from 10.30am to 12.30pm and from 1.30pm to 4pm.