This weeks #MuseumFromHome at Ely Museum is all about museums themselves! As museums across the country begin to open their doors again, and of course with our exciting National Lottery Heritage Fund redevelopment of Ely Museum which is due to reopen in early 2021, there are lots of exciting museums you can visit soon! Today’s […]

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The Victorians lived over 150 years ago during the reign of Queen Victoria, who ruled for 64 years from 1837 to 1901. At this time, Britain became the most powerful and richest country, in the world, with the largest empire that had ever existed, ruling a quarter of the world’s population. With these changes and expansions, […]

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The history of money can be traced back over 4,000 years. During this time,currency has taken many different forms, including things we use as money today like coins or banknotes, to objects we might not consider to be money like shells, animals, or other natural resources. The earliest coins were made from electrum, an alloy […]

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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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In today’s #MuseumFromHome post, Ely Museum is setting you a challenge to try over half term! Did you know that each year between 1893 – 1964 Ely hosted an annual sports day on the Paradise Fields? The sports day attracted crowds of up to 10,000 people each year with the cycling & athletic programme attracting […]

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This week we’re travelling back in time over 200 million years to the times when plesiosaurs swam in the warm Jurassic seas that covered this region! We know what prehistoric creatures lived in & around Ely at this time because of the fossils that we find. You can learn all about fossilisation in this great […]

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