Ely Museum is delighted to have been awarded a National Lottery grant of £1.66 million for the Unlocking the Potential of the Old Gaol: Ely Museum Redevelopment Project. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, the project will rejuvenate Ely Museum and make it a fantastic destination for local people and visitors to the area.

In September 2019 the museum will close its doors for a year. But the school service will carry on!

See below for information about how we will continue to offer our school workshops
-We can bring some of our workshops to your school as outreach.
-Some workshops will take place in Ely as usual.

Any queries or to book a visit contact the education officer.


While the Museum is closed we can bring some of our school sessions to your school.See below for the sessions we can bring to your school. To book or for more information contact the education officer.


Some of our sessions are to large to take out to schools so will be taking place in various site across ELy. See Below for more information on these sessions. To book or for more information contact the education officer.



Combined Visits: We offer partner visits with Ely Cathedral,Prickwillow Museum and the Stained Glass Museum. These workshops will continue as normal during the closure period.


Wind, Steam and Dr Diesel!
History and science workshop about the drainage of the Fens, with re-enactors in costume and exciting science challenges.
-River Study on the R. Lark.
-Visit Clarke’s Farm next door.


Etheldreda and Hereward.
Drama and role-play with hands-on objects and activities

A selection of loans boxes are available for schools and groups to use within their classroom or meeting room.

Topics include
-Pre-history
-Romans
-Saxons
-Victorians
-World war 2
-1950s homes
For further information please contact the Museum.