Welcome to History at Home with Ely Museum!

During this second lockdown, we hope these activities will be useful to all of those teaching and learning from home. ‘History at Home’ brings real objects from the museum, craft activities and fun worksheets to bring history straight to your home!

You might find this list of all the activities available for this History at Home useful when planning your lesson!

Today’s History at Home is all about the people who lived in Ely thousands of years ago!

People in the Stone Age did not live in houses like we do today. Have a go at some Stone Age painting to begin!

The Stone Age is the name given to the earliest period of human culture and when stone tools were first used. In Britain, the Stone Age was around 12,000 years ago! What do you think living in the Stone Age would have been like? Do you think you would have enjoyed it?

Begin by watching these videos about some of the amazing Stone Age artifacts we have at Ely Museum

After the Stone Age, when people began smelting metal around 4500 years ago, the Bronze Age began in Britain.

Houses in the Stone Age were very different to houses in the Bronze Age when people were more settled and lived in the same place for longer. It was also a time when large areas of woodland started to be cut down to make more land available for farming. Bronze Age roundhouses were circular houses, usually with a thatched roof and walls made of wattle & daub.

Just like in the Stone Age, people in the Bronze Age made axes and used them for many different purposes. Watch the video below to learn more about the special Bronze Age axes on display at Ely Museum

One of the most important Bronze Age finds in Ely is the amazing Bronze Age Gold Torc! You might even have seen this special object on display at Ely Museum before!

The torc is about 3000 years old as is the largest torc every found in Europe, this makes it very exciting for archaeologists & we know it means the person who owned it must have been important.

The torc is also quite a mysterious object. We don’t know who owned it, why it was made or why it was buried in the ground.

Have a go at writing a mysterious story based on the gold torc!

Can you help us solve the mystery of the East Cambridgeshire Gold Torc? Have a go here

Finally, have a go at making some Bronze Age inspired crafts as you make your own roundhouse, axe, your own gold torc and try your hand at some Bronze Age weaving too!