The mission of Whittlesey Museum is to collect, care for and interpret the natural and cultural heritage of Whittlesey and the surrounding area – Coates, Eastrea, Pondersbridge and Turves – for the benefit and enjoyment of students, local people and visitors.
Whittlesey Museum was founded in 1976 as part of the Whittlesey Society and is now an independent charitable trust.
The museum is located on the ground floor of the early 19th century Town Hall in Whittlesey.
Gallery displays are mounted in the former caretaker’s cottage and in the area previously used to house the town’s horse drawn fire engine. The collections largely cover social history and the development of the local area. Outside in the museum courtyard a forge, wheelwright’s bench and agricultural equipment recall occupations which supported the local economy.
Whittlesey Museum is a volunteer led organisation and is financially self-supporting. It is a Registered Museum and gained Accreditation in 2007.
Whittlesey Museum is one of the Fenland Five museums and it is a partner in the Greater Fens Partnership. The other founding Fenland Five museums are Wisbech and Fenland Museum, March and District Museum, Chatteris Museum and Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House. Other heritage attractions local to Whittlesey include the Ramsey Rural Museum, Thorney Heritage Museum, Peterborough Museum and Flag Fen Bronze Age site. Whittlesey Museum is also closely associated with the Whittlesey Mud Walls Group, who work to protect the traditional and unique mud walls found in Whittlesey and Eastrea.