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Cromwell’s Head

The story of Oliver Cromwell’s head is perhaps the most bizarre, yet least well known, of all tales from English history. From regal burial, to exhumation and decapitation, this relic of our only non-royal ruler has travelled a most peculiar path. It has been a gruesome warning to traitors, a secret prize for a soldier, an attraction at an 18th century peep show, and an object of veneration and derision, until it was finally laid to rest in a secret ceremony.

The Firewater Partnership has produced CROMWELL’S HEAD, a one-hour documentary, telling the full story of this extraordinary artefact.

CROMWELL’S HEAD unravels a mystery, and brings to light a variety of strange tales. By looking at the passions, public and private, aroused by Cromwell and his head, it illuminates how British attitudes to monarchy, democracy and radicalism were formed – and how they have changed, since our civil war over 350 years ago.

CROMWELL’S HEAD features interviews from authoritative historians and politicians, and forensic experts. It uses photographs and documents, recently unearthed, which have been hidden from the public for the past two centuries.

Among the politicians and academics throwing light on Cromwell’s legacy and historical impact are The Right Hon. Frank Dobson, Douglas Carswell MP, Dr. Patrick Little of the The History of Parliament Trust, Prof. Blair Worden, Dr. Micheál Ó Siochrú of Trinity College Dublin, and Dr. Frances Larson author of “Severed”. The music is written by Emlyn Ellis Addison, the award-winning composer. It is produced by Simon Kennedy and Michael Jones, and directed by Simon Kennedy.

The DVD and Blu-ray are available from

The Cromwell Museum, Huntingdon


Oliver Cromwell’s House in Ely

For sales and broadcast queries please contact Flame Distribution

The story of the head		            Production gallery   Downloadable publicity sheet