We will be having an Autumn Fund Rasing Party on the 8th November

 "The Romans Over Here, Over Sexed and Overpaid"
From Godmanchester's favourite archaeologist Professor Stephen Upex a talk on Roman Army life in the barracks at St Ann's Lane from AD 43, the great villa complex at Rectory Farm and why Godmanchester is the pre-eminent Roman town in the province.

Godmanchester's Roman Treasures.

We will be also be seeing some of Roman Godmanchester's treasures, about which Professor Stephen Upex will talk, telling us where they came from (in some cases imported from abroad), how they got here and the kind of person who would have owned them.

During the interval between the talk and the treasures, delicious food and wine will be served. Michael Jacobsen well known Godmanchester musician will treat us to vintage popular music.

Doors Open 7.45pm for 8.00pm.

Tickets are £10 each from Kate 01480 454154 or Mick 01480 390599 or Shirley 01480 454196.


There will be a "TREASURES CLINIC" at The Porch Museum on Sunday 26th August 2012 3-5pm, where archaeologist, author and broadcaster Professor Stephen Upex will try to identify those mystery things you've got at home - Roman, Medieval, Iron Age, Neolithic, Anglo Saxon, Elizabethan and much later – so bring them along. We will give away 15 Roman coins to 15 lucky children on a first come basis.

The Museum is housed in the Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, a Grade II listed building situated in the heart of the historic town of Godmanchester in Cambridgeshire. We are an independent museum and a part of the Friends of the Queen Elizabeth School a registered charity. The museum is run by a small team of enthusiastic volunteers who work together to record the town’s history and its people. We receive no government funding and rely on funds from various organisations, donations and the generosity of our visitors to fund our projects.

One of the Porch Museum aims is to produce and show short films devoted to the history of the town.  We want to capture, through the memories of some of the oldest members of our community, as clear a perception as we can get of the way life was in this lovely town during the first half of the 20th century.

Godmanchester is an unusual town because many of the old families who have lived here for hundreds of years and whose ancestors are buried in the churchyard of St. Mary the Virgin, are still here. Markham, Arnold, Thompson and Mortlock are just a few of the many old names still represented here.  In many cases we are recording not only memories of old Godmanchester from the vibrant and amusing senior members of these families, but through them the memories and experiences of their grandparents and great grandparents.

This way there’s every hope that we can bring to the community through snatches of remembered anecdote, at least an echo of how it was to live in Victorian Godmanchester.