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 the fun!
Visit our Facebook page to have fun with eel-themed crafts and make your own eel, grig and gleeve – remember to share pictures with us if you make these crafts too!
Eels are unique fish and you can learn more about them – did you know eels can live to be up to 85 years old and grow to be over 5ft long?
Eels were plentiful in the waters surrounding the Isle of Ely and they were caught by special fisherman to be eaten and sold. Learn more about the different ways they were caught here.
Listen to this special song about eel fishers which was written and preformed by Ely Museum volunteer, John Crowe and learn more about the lives of the eel fishermen.
Have a go at these fun eel themed questions to learn more about eels, how they were used to cure illnesses, turned into pies and can be seen symbolised throughout our city
When you next take a walk through Ely, why not give the eel trail a go? Taking approximately an hour & a half, this walking trail weaves through our beautiful city and can be enjoyed on foot, by bike or by scooter!