If you are studying history or geography, Ely Museum probably has a workshop for you. Have a go at ancient art in our Prehistory workshop, meet a Roman legionnaire or an Anglo Saxon warrior, play with Victorian toys, listen to traditional fenland tales,  become a World war 2 evacuee – whatever your historical period (almost!),  Ely museum can bring the past to life for your class. Ely and the Fens have a rich heritage. Most of our workshops tell a unique local story which helps children relate to and appreciate the area they live in.

See below for a full list of our workshops.

For more information or If you are interested in booking one of our workshops please contact our Learning Officer: learning@elymusem.org.uk

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Now Introducing Virtual Visits.

These aim to bring everything you loved about our in-person visits to you virtually – livestreamed directly into the classroom!

On the day, via your preferred method, usually Zoom or Microsoft Teams, the museum arrives in your classroom for a totally interactive session! There are lots of ways for the children to participate throughout your Virtual Visit, from asking & answering questions, joining in with activities or handling objects.

Through the magic of technology, we’ll bring everything directly to you, whether that’s a World War II kitchen as we learn about rationing, or straight back to the 17th century as we chat with Cornelius Vermuyden about his drainage plans for the fens.

Workshops

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Rivers
KS1 KS2

Rivers

Learn about a local river first-hand. Be a detective at the River Ouse or the River Lark with river-dipping, sketching and surveying, you can even take your class for a short boat ride on the River Ouse.

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WW1- letters from the trenches.
KS2

WW1- letters from the trenches.

An Ely family’s experience brought to life in your classroom by re-enactors using actual letters written from the trenches. Great for literacy.

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Victorian Washday
KS1

Victorian Washday

Do the washing with a tub and a mangle, try out old-fashioned gadgets and learn about life for rich and poor Victorian children. Come dressed up or dress up in our Victorian costume.

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Littleport Riots
KS2 KS3

Littleport Riots

Drama and re-enactment bring the Littleport and Ely Riots to life at the Old Gaol (Museum) and the Ely Courthouse next door. Children take part in a staged trial and visit a rioter in his cell to understand the impact these nationally important local events had on local people.

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The Fens: Story of a Landscape
KS1 KS2

The Fens: Story of a Landscape

Discover and understand our unique local landscape. How did it change from fenland to farmland? What was it like to live here in the past? How much of the food that we eat every day grows right here in the food basket of Britain? History and geography combine in this hands-on workshop using music and stories, folklore and food!

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Feast of Fenland
KS1

Feast of Fenland

See, taste, smell, ‘buy’ and be amazed at all the healthy, tasty and colourful produce which is grown here in the fens. In this very hands-on workshop all about food, children will taste delicious fenland food, sing their way through the farming year and visit our market stall to take home a bag of locally grown, delicious vegetables.

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Anglo-Saxons – Etheldreda, Aedwen and Hereward
KS1 KS2

Anglo-Saxons – Etheldreda, Aedwen and Hereward

Travel though Anglo Saxon history to the time of the Normans. Explore real and replica objects and weapons, including Aedwen’s mysterious silver brooch and take part in the dramatic story of a famous local figure sometimes known as Hereward the Wake. Why is Hereward called the last Anglo Saxon? And how did Ely hold out against the Normans for so long?.

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Romans!
KS1 KS2

Romans!

Meet a Roman soldier and learn about life in the Roman army. Handle real and replica Roman pottery to find out more about everyday life in Roman times. You might also get to try on a toga or a soldier’s helmet.

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Stone Age to Iron Age
KS1 KS2

Stone Age to Iron Age

Hands-on prehistory. Handle real and replica objects, carve antler and colour it with natural pigments. Discover Bronze Age gold and Iron Age weapons. What does an archaeologist do? Meet the Museum Curator or an archaeology specialist!

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Fossils
KS1 KS2

Fossils

Creatures of the Jurassic Ocean! Handle real fossils from millions of years ago. Watch the creatures come to life in with our 3D projections or explore the Jurassic landscape in VR.

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Toys
KS1

Toys

Open the museum’s toy chest to explore toys our parents and grandparents played with. How are they different from our toys today? What are they made of and how do they work? Play with old toys and join in old-fashioned games. Finish with a magical toy theatre show.

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World War II – An Ely Evacuee Story
KS1 KS2

World War II – An Ely Evacuee Story

Come dressed up and spend a wartime day at the museum. Meet Mr Goff the ARP warden, take part in an air raid, make a WW2 toy and weigh out your sweet ration. Become an evacuee from the Jews’ Free School in London’s East End to join us in recreating a special Ely evacuee story. A whole or a half-day workshop.

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