About 2,500 years ago, Greece was one of the most important places in the ancient world. Although people have been living in Greece for over 40,000 years, the earliest settlers in this region mostly lived a simple hunter-gatherer or farming lifestyle. Later, the Greeks were great philosophers, warriors, writers, actors, athletes, artists, architects and politicians. They […]

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In the late 1930s, with the threat of War once again looming, the Royal Air Force was looking for more sites to build new airfields. In 1936, as it was quite central to many of the planned airfields, Ely was selected as the site of one of two new RAF Hospitals! The Ely RAF Hospital […]

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If you visited Ely around 950 years ago, you would find a castle built to defend the Isle of Ely. The castle was probably built by King William I, otherwise known as William the Conqueror! Find out more about the castle and have fun with castle-themed crafts with this weeks #MuseumFromHome with Ely Museum. Over […]

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In today’s #MuseumFromHome post, Ely Museum is setting you a challenge to try over half term! Did you know that each year between 1893 – 1964 Ely hosted an annual sports day on the Paradise Fields? The sports day attracted crowds of up to 10,000 people each year with the cycling & athletic programme attracting […]

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This week we’re travelling back in time over 200 million years to the times when plesiosaurs swam in the warm Jurassic seas that covered this region! We know what prehistoric creatures lived in & around Ely at this time because of the fossils that we find. You can learn all about fossilisation in this great […]

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This week we’re heading back about 4000 years to the Bronze Age to learn more about how people lived and the things they did! We know people lived in & around Ely at this time because of the evidence archaeologists find. Archaeologists find a mixture of objects, from pottery to metal. They find everyday objects […]

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This Friday, the 8th May 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day. It was on this day in 1945 that, after 6 long years of war, Winston Churchill declared Victory in Europe! Unfortunately, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, celebrates have been postponed, but we hope this weeks #MuseumFromHome will give you some fun […]

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As so many of you enjoyed last week’s #MuseumFromHome post all about the Fens we’re carrying on the theme this week with something that makes Ely famous – eels! Whilst we are sad that the annual Visit Ely Eel Festival has had to be cancelled this year, we hope today’s post will bring some of […]

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