Cromwell Association Study Day
Oxford, Saturday 16th October 2021
A major research project to re-examine all of the known writings and speeches of Oliver Cromwell is now in its final stages, with publication due in 2022. Led by Professor John Morrill, of the University of Cambridge, a team of academics has examined every document in close detail, including some that have never been previously published. It has been an enormous task and will provide a new basis for Cromwell scholarship for years to come, and the new edition will become the standard reference work for future generations.
This year’s Study Day, to be held in central Oxford on Saturday 16th October, will focus on the forthcoming publication, and the lessons and challenges it has created. The concluding session will be a debate, when Professor Morrill will discuss with Professor Ronald Hutton, author of a new biography of Cromwell, the intriguing question,
Can we take Cromwell at his word?
For more information and details of how to book your place follow this link. The event is open to both members and non-members. In the event of the event being cancelled, due to the pandemic, all bookings will be refunded.
Historians debating key issues
For several years the Cromwell Association has run an annual Schools’ Conference. In 2020, due to the Pandemic it had to be cancelled, and circumstances meant that it could not take place in person in 2021, but in May, Jon Fitzgibbons (University of Lincoln), Peter Gaunt (University of Chester), Clive Holmes (University of Oxford) and David Smith (University of Cambridge) got together to record this year’s event via Zoom. The debates are aimed at a Sixth Form audience and centre around typical A Level and equivalent type questions. However, they can be enjoyed by anyone interested in this period and therefore we would like to offer all our members the chance to watch and enjoy the debates this year. The Association would like to thank Stuart Orme of the Cromwell Museum for co-ordinating and recording these debates.Schools’ History Conference 2021 video lectures
Welcome to the home page of the Cromwell Association. We aim to encourage interest in the life and times of Oliver Cromwell, the Lord Protector, who was born in Huntingdon in 1599 and died at Whitehall in 1658. Cromwell is an intensely controversial figure equally reviled and revered both during his lifetime and after. This site contains a wide range of information and resources to investigate. Explore the site to find out more about his life, times and significance.
If you are interested to see if a particular place has a connection to Cromwell, look at The Cromwellian Gazetteer, a comprehensive guide to places connected to Cromwell. It also has a very useful guide to where Cromwell was on any particular date.
Perhaps you are interested in your family history and want to look at a genealogy of Cromwell. This site has a full family tree for Cromwell and his descendants, down to about 1900. If you are looking for an ancestor who you believe may have been an officer in the parliamentary army, browse the Directory of Parliamentary Officers.
Our annual journal, Cromwelliana, is a rich resource of articles on Cromwell and other aspects of 17th century history. The whole archive of the journal, other than the most recent, is available free for you to look at.
The Association was established in 1937 and has a wide range of members all fascinated, for many different reasons, by the complexity of both Cromwell as an individual and the age in which he lived. We welcome new members and invite you to consider joining us. Click for more membership benefits.