In the late 1930s, with the threat of War once again looming, the Royal Air Force was looking for more sites to build new airfields. In 1936, as it was quite central to many of the planned airfields, Ely was selected as the site of one of two new RAF Hospitals! The Ely RAF Hospital […]

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The name ‘Viking’ comes from a language called ‘Old Norse’ and means ‘a pirate raid’. Vikings traveled all over the world in their big ships and discovered lots of new things on their travels! Some Vikings were bloodthirsty warriors and voyaged to new lands to fight but others came peacefully, to settle. They were skilled […]

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If you visited Ely around 950 years ago, you would find a castle built to defend the Isle of Ely. The castle was probably built by King William I, otherwise known as William the Conqueror! Find out more about the castle and have fun with castle-themed crafts with this weeks #MuseumFromHome with Ely Museum. Over […]

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Like the Romans 1600 years before him, King Charles I believed that draining the Fens could increase the value of the land, and therefore the taxes he could expect to collect from the farmers. Many local people, known as ‘Fen Tigers’ opposed the drainage of the fens which took away the common land they relied […]

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