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To commemorate the centenary of the armistice that ended World War One, join us for three free open days at Ely Museum including a free family history day.


A Newly Re-displayed Gallery

To mark the 100 the anniversary of the Armistice that brought the fighting on the Western Front to an end, Ely Museum are pleased to announce that the recently conserved King’s Colour of the First World War ‘Cambs Suffolks’ -the 11th (Service) Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, is now on display and it is supported by a new display relating to the Battalion.
There is also a new temporary exhibition of wartime items and information at the Museum, including medals and details of some of the local Ely men who served during the War. The King’s Colour, which was presented to the Battalion in January 1919, has been in Ely since it was placed in Ely Cathedral in May 1922. In 2016, due to the rapidly deteriorating condition of the delicate silk, it was removed and it was agreed that this unique item, which represents all those who served in the Battalion, should be conserved and saved. With so many of the men who served in the Battalion coming from this area and with the Colour’s long connection with the city, Ely Museum provides a fitting home for this important item from our county’s past.

Free Family History Day

Saturday 3rd November 2018, from 11am to 4pm.

We are pleased to announce that we will be holding another of our popular First World War Family History Days at Ely Museum on Saturday 3rd November 2018, from 11am to 4pm. As usual this event and supporting exhibition are free for anyone to visit. In addition, this year entry to the rest of the Museum on this day (and on the 10 th and 11 th November) will also be completely free so as visitors can view a new display featuring the recently conserved King’ Colour of the 11 th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment – ‘The Cambs

Our team of researchers, including experts on local regiments such as the Cambridgeshire Regiment, Hunts Cyclists and the Suffolk Regiment, will be on hand all day on November 3 rd to help any visitors that would like to find out more about the wartime service of their relatives. People are also welcome to bring along any wartime photographs, postcards, medals, badges or items that they would like to find out more about. The event will also include our pop-up exhibition, which details the 1/1 st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment’s part in the fighting of 1918 – a year that saw the heaviest losses for the Battalion for any year of the War. Alongside this there will be a display of medals and biographies of some of the Cambs men involved in the 1918 fighting. With this year marking the 100 th anniversary of the Armistice this event is an excellent opportunity for people to talk directly (and for free!) to researchers with decades of experience in research First World War soldiers and sailors. Many people have wartime photographs or medals sat in draws at home, so why not bring them along and see what you will discover about your relatives!

We look forward to seeing you there.

Free Entry to the Museum

Visit the museum, see our new exhibition about the end of war & see the conserved Regimental Colour For Free

-Saturday 3rd November includes the family history day (10:30am-4:00pm)
-Saturday 10th November (10:30am-4:00pm)
-Sunday 11th November (1:00pm-4:00pm)