Cromwell’s per­fumed soap gift

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

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.

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