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!

This History at Home is all about the Second World War. Today we’ll be learning about how the war affected people from Ely both at home and abroad.

The Second World War lasted for six years, from 1939-1945. It involved many countries across the world, including the United Kingdom.

Firstly we’ll learn about two very special objects at Ely Museum that were hidden during the Second World War. They were very important to people in the Cambridgeshire Regiment, lots of people from Ely & the surrounding villages fought in this regiment.

During the Second World War, two RAF airbases were built near Ely in Mepal and in Witchford.

We know that sometimes aeroplanes from England, like the ones at Witchford, unfortunately crashed. Watch the video below to find out more about the amazing silk escape map carried

Now we know about the airfields in Ely, which sent planes across Europe, what happened when aeroplanes from other countries came to attack England?

Meet Mr Goff, Ely’s air raid warden, who will explain to you what you must do in the event of an attack!

Alongside practicing putting on your gas mask, many children in big cities were evacuated to the countryside, including places like Ely! It must have been a scary time & for some children, it was the first time they had seen farm animals and fields in real life! Can you imagine how different Ely would feel to them? It must have been scary to leave their families, but perhaps they were excited for a new adventure too?

Read this account from Doris, who was evacuated to Ely from London. See if you can answer the questions!

Life in Ely during the war would have been very different. Food was rationed so that everybody had their fair share, especially of foods that have to be bought in from other countries far away. It was difficult and dangerous for some food to be bought in by ship, so rationing made things fair.

Watch the video and then have a go at the worksheets below

Finally, lets have some fun making some Second World War inspired crafts! Try making your own spitfire plane, medal, field service cap, and even your own RAF base!