During the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Ely Museum will be sharing a weekly #MuseumFromHome post including fun crafts & educational activities inspired by our amazing local history collections!

Each week will have its own post, but you might find this handy as all the links to each weeks activities will be posted here too. We hope you have fun as you #MuseumFromHome & remember to send us some pictures of your crafts if you make them too!

Romans Learn about Roman pottery and how to identify the different types and then have fun making your Roman helmet, coin and catapult crafts using materials you can find at home!

MuseumFromHome: Romans

Whilst we at Ely Museum were sad to have to cancel our planned Roman event at Ely Library & Ely Markets due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, we are please to bring the fun to you online!Join Ely Museum as we #MuseumFromHome: Roman edition!As people across the country are now learning & working from home, do head over to our blog at http://www.elymuseum.org.uk/uncategorised/museumfromhome-romans/ to find downloadable Roman resources & activies to enjoyFollow along with some fun Roman crafts in our video here too & if you enjoy making these crafts – please do share a picture with us!This is the first time Ely Museum has made content like this, so please do let us know what other topics you'd like us to cover, or changes we could make! Thank you

Posted by Ely Museum on Monday, 23 March 2020
Roman Crafts

Anglo Saxons Make your own fearsome Anglo Saxon helmet and beautiful jewelled brooch as you learn about Anglo Saxon jewellery and see beautiful examples from the collection at Ely Museum

MuseumFromHome: Anglo Saxons

As we continue to learn, work & play from home during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, join us at Ely Museum as we #MuseumFromHome!Although, due to our National Lottery Heritage Fund redevelopment of the Old Gaol, our doors closed to the public last September, we were busy meeting you all at events & activities across Ely & East Cambridgeshire. Whilst this cannot continue at this time, we're taking our activities online so that lots you can still join in as we learn new things & try fun crafts and activities!Last week, we learnt all about the Romans & this week, its the turn of the Anglo Saxons. Do let us know if there are other topics you'd like to learn about too!Visit our blog here http://www.elymuseum.org.uk/uncategorised/museumfromhome-anglo-saxons/ to find Anglo-Saxon activities inspired by our collection at Ely Museum, have fun learning a new Anglo-Saxon game and then watch the video below to join in with making your own Anglo-Saxon helmet & brooch too#MuseumFromHome

Posted by Ely Museum on Friday, 27 March 2020
Anglo Saxon Crafts

Easter Learn some new Easter facts and try our fun Easter themed quiz as you make your own Easter bonnet, wreath and design a chick using your hand prints

Easter Crafts

Spring Learn about flowers and insects with objects and pictures from the Ely Museum collection & make lots of fun bug & flower themed crafts!

MuseumFromHome: Spring

As we continue to enjoy the school Easter holidays, this week's #MuseumFromHome is Spring themed!Join us at Ely Museum as we have fun making some spring themed crafts, making ladybird hats, caterpillar puppets, bumblebees and a special pop-up card you can send to someone you miss as we continue to self isolate!Although, due to our National Lottery Heritage Fund redevelopment of the Old Gaol, our doors closed to the public last September, we'd hoped to be able to bring you fun activities to enjoy this Easter holiday. Whilst we continue to isolate, please join in from home if you can!Also remember to head over to our blog [http://www.elymuseum.org.uk/uncategorised/museumfromhome-spring/ to download a fun spring themed activities to enjoy!If you take part in our Garden Explorers trail, in the garden or whilst out on your walk! If you enjoy the Spring trail outside, please remember to maintain social distancing & make sure you wash your hands too!If you make any of these crafts – please take a picture & share it with us!You can also enjoy our previous crafts hereMuseumFromHome: Romans https://www.facebook.com/ElyMuseum/videos/2603039826619531/MuseumFromHome: Anglo Saxons https://www.facebook.com/ElyMuseum/videos/302068907442408/MuseumFromHome: Easterhttps://www.facebook.com/ElyMuseum/videos/544505126202841

Posted by Ely Museum on Monday, 13 April 2020
Spring Crafts

Fens Be inspired by our beautiful Fenland landscape and make your own farming themed crafts. Learn about traditional farming tools and learn about Fen folklore as you visit the Wise Woman!

MuseumFromHome: The Fens

This week's #MuseumFromHome installment is all about the beautiful landscape that surrounds us here in Ely, the Fens!Now many of you are returning to school work following the Easter holidays, you'll find some fun activities to try too!On Facebook, we're having fun with Fenland inspired crafts as we make our own fields, tractors and wind pump!Then head over to our blog, www.elymuseum.org.uk/blog to find out more about farming in the fens and many of the traditional farming tools we display at Ely Museum – remember to download the pictures and descriptons of the tools to see if you can work out which tool does which jobWe've also linked to our favourite Fen inspired chocolate-beetroot cake on the Love Beetroot website that many of you will have enjoyed on our Feast of Fenland school visits to Ely Museum – will you be making your own version at home?You can also find more exciting videos and activities to try inspired by modern farming on the Eatfarmnow Lock Down Learning page here: https://eatfarmnow.com/category/lockdown-learning/On our blog [http://www.elymuseum.org.uk/uncategorised/museumfromhome-the-fens/], you can also learn about the Fenland tradition of the Wise Woman who handed out cures to everything from Fen ague, a type of malaria, to baldness! Find out more about her cures and then download a template to fill in yourself – you can draw or write your answers! If you make up a cure, do share it with us in the comments below!Finally we're learning about Fenland 'safe-keeps' too – as people in the Fens, like in places across Britain, had their own stories, folklore and mythsBefore the Fens were drained, the expanses of misty swamps and meres were dangerous, especially at night and when there was no moon. It was said that evil creatures lived in the marshes and bogs waiting to lure the unwary to their deaths: boggarts, bogles, willo-the-wisps with their dancing lights and the dead hand which would emerge from the water and pull a man to his death. Many were lost in the dark fen and never seen again. Many Fenlanders were extremely superstitious and would carry a charm or ‘safe keep’ to protect them from drowning or from other evils of marsh and fen. Safe keeps were often small hessian bags with items thought to protect against these creatures. Safe keeps included lots of different things including cures from the Wise Woman and other precious mementos, though the best thing was thought to be the nail clippings of a dead woman! Visit the blog to download and make your own safe-keep to carry! What will you include in it?

Posted by Ely Museum on Sunday, 19 April 2020
Fen Crafts

Eels are an important part of Ely’s culture, bringing food, farming, myths and of course, our name! Make your own eel-inspired crafts, listen to ‘The Eel Fishers‘ song and learn lots of new facts about eels too! There are some fun activities to download that can be adapted to different key stages & abilities

MuseumFromHome: Eels

We are continuing to #MuseumFromHome this week & as you all enjoyed last weeks Fens theme so much, this week we're coving another important part of Ely's history – eels!Join in as we make three eel crafts this week, making our own eel, eel grig or trap and an eel gleeve or spear! Whilst we're sad that, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the annual Visit Ely Eel Fesitval has had to be cancelled, we hope you can still enjoy some of the eel themed fun!You can also listen to a special song, 'The Eel Fisher', which was written and performed by Ely Museum volunteer, the late John Crowe. Listen to it on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0F9ZlHsHOqg&t=46sVisit our blog at http://www.elymuseum.org.uk/uncategorised/museumfromhome-eels/ to learn more about Ely's namesake, the unique fish that is the eel. Find out more about its unique life cycle which involves a swim across the Atlantic!You can also find out more about the different ways eels were fished in this region and find videos showing an eel fisherman at work.Finally, download an eel-themed activity pack to find questions to answer, eel based cures for a variety of ailments including sore throats and baldness and to create your own eel pie and eel coat of arms!

Posted by Ely Museum on Monday, 27 April 2020
Eel Crafts

VE Day took place on the 8th May 1945, so this year is the 75th anniversary of the day Winston Churchill was able to announce allied victory in Europe and the end of the Second World War. In our post this week, learn about rationing and evacuees and have fun making some WW2 inspired crafts!

#MuseumFromHome: VE Day

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 Allied 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 craft ideas & activities to enjoy as you celebrate this anniversary from home.This weeks craft video will teach you how to make your own WW2 Field Service Cap, a spitfire from a clothes peg, replica WW2 medals and even a special noise-maker to shake at your victory party!Remember to our blog at www.elymuseum.org.uk/uncategorised/museumfromhome-ve-day/ to find lots of fun activities to try!Learn about rationing during the war and come up with recipes to try at your own VE day party as well as learning more about the evacuees that came to Ely too.Fill your own evacuee suitcase and learn about Doris who was evcauated to Ely as a young girl – will you try writing your own letter home, inspired by hers?Remember you can join Visit Ely this Friday as we celebrate a virtual VE Day! Find more activities on their website here https://elyeelfestival.co.uk/eelday/virtual-ve-day-celebrations/ too.Next week, Ely Museum is heading even further back in time to the Bronze Age to #MuseumFromHome! If you have a period of history you'd like us to cover, do let us know!

Posted by Ely Museum on Monday, 4 May 2020
VE Day Crafts

People in the Bronze Age were the first to make and use metal to make swords and axes. They also lived in roundhouses and left behind beautiful examples of their craftsmanship, including the East Cambridgeshire gold torc. Learn more about these in our blog post and have fun with crafts too

MuseumFromHome: Bronze Age

Today's #MuseumFromHome edition takes us back over 4000 years to the Bronze Age!Learn about roundhouses, casting axes & of course, the beautiful East Cambridgeshire gold torc!Have fun trying out these crafts & then head over to our blog at http://www.elymuseum.org.uk/uncategorised/museumfromhome-bronze-age/ to find out more & try some fun homeschooling activities!Today is also the second day of #MuseumWeek and todays theme is #CultureInQuarentine so have fun enjoying these activities, and all our previous #MuseumFromHome posts as you enjoy learning more about our history, heritage & culture during this ongoing quarentine!

Posted by Ely Museum on Monday, 11 May 2020
Bronze Age Crafts

Prehistoric Creatures roamed the warm Jurassic seas that covered Ely and our region over 200 million years ago! Join us as we make plesiosaur puppets, toilet roll belemnites, ammonite fossils and a massive megalodons! Learn all about fossils on our blog and enjoy a prehistoric creature themed scavenger hunt & lots of fun activities too!

MuseumFromHome: Prehistoric Creatures

Today's #MuseumFromHome takes us back over 200 million years to the warm Jurassic seas that once covered our region!Join us as we make plesiosaur puppets, toilet roll belemnites, ammonite fossils and a massive megalodons!Then head over to our blog at http://www.elymuseum.org.uk/uncategorised/museumfromhome-prehistoric-creatures/ to learn more about how fossils are made! Join in with our prehistoric scavenger hunt and design your own prehistoric creature!We've also recreated the classic snakes & ladders game so that you can play "plesiosaurs and belemnites" too! Download the game on our blog and have fun climbing up plesiosaur necks and sliding down belemnite guards!Next week, our #MuseumFromHome during half-term will focus on a day of fun and silliness that took place in Ely in 1893!If you have other themes you'd like us to turn into #MuseumFromHome posts then please do let us know & if you make any of our fun crafts – please share a picture with us as we love seeing them!

Posted by Ely Museum on Monday, 18 May 2020
Prehistoric Creature Crafts

Did you know that between 1893 – 1964, the City of Ely hosted an annual Sports Day? With races including a hundred yard dash and a pillow fight – there were lots of normal, and silly races which were enjoyed by all!

Our challenge to you this half-term is to create your own City of Ely Sports Day themed race! Find out more in our blog post HERE

You can also join us on Facebook to learn more about the Sports Day and create your own winners trophy and medals too!

MuseumFromHome: Sports Day

In today's #MuseumFromHome Ely Museum is setting you a challenge! Each year the City of Ely Sports Day took place over the August bank holiday weekend on the Paradise Fields. The sports day included a variety of events from athletics to cycling & attracted several high profile names. Each year, they also included lots of fun, and some silly, events too!Our #MuseumFromHome challenge to you this half-term holiday is to create your own fun, silly race to enjoy with your family!Watch the video below to learn more about the sports day then head over to our blog at www.elymuseum.org.uk/uncategorised/museumfromhome-sports-day/ to download the instructions on how to create your race!In the video we're also making a special winners trophy to hand out & medals for the participants too!For those still keen to squeeze in some learning this half-term too, there are also activities on blog where you can write, or draw, your own newspaper report of the day & help the race adjuacators who are struggling to add up each teams score!

Posted by Ely Museum on Monday, 25 May 2020
Sports Day Crafts

The Old Gaol, where you can normally find Ely Museum is the subject of this week’s #MuseumFromHome

Learn more about the history of the gaol and the prisoners kept there! Join in as we make a model of the gaol cell as well as the gaoler’s handcuffs and keys! Then head over to the blog post to learn even more about the Felons and Debtors kept in the cells!

MuseumFromHome: The Old Gaol

Today's #MuseumFromHome at Ely Museum is all about our building – the Old Gaol!Did you know that over 300 years ago the Bishop of Ely was responsible for law & order? It was Bishop Peter Gunning who bought a house on the corner of what we now know as Lynn Road & Market Street in about 1679. With remodeling and extensions, including the addition of a walled exercise yard, this building became the Bishops Gaol.Sadly, the building was poorly maintained which meant terrible conditions for the prisoners and some barbaric methods were introduced to stop the prisoners escaping! You can learn more about those in the video below.By the year 1836 the gaol was closed and prisoners moved on to Cambridge County Prison.The now ‘Old Gaol’ then had many other uses including as a private home, a Mechanics Institute and the administrative headquarters of East Cambridgeshire District Council. Then in April 1997, Ely Museum opened in the gaol and welcomed thousands of visitors until we closed last September for our exciting National Lottery Heritage Fund redevelopment!Join in as we make some fun gaol themed crafts in the video below, then head over to our blog [http://www.elymuseum.org.uk/uncategorised/museumfromhome-the-old-gaol/] to learn more about the gaol, download some fun activities on the prisoners debts and see if you can match the crime to the punishment!#MuseumFromHome

Posted by Ely Museum on Sunday, 31 May 2020
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Learn all about how and why the fens were drained and who opposed the plans in our Drainage in the Fens post . Find out who the key characters were and the machinery and tools they designed to help keep the fens dry.

MuseumFromHome: Draining the Fens

This weeks #MuseumFromHome at Ely Museum is all about the draining of the fens!Like the Romans 1600 years before him, King Charles I believed that draining the fens could increase the value of the land, and therefore the taxes he could expect to collect from the farmers.Many local people, known as 'Fen Tigers' opposed the drainage of the fens which took away the common land they relied on to hunt and fish.Draining the fens took hundreds of years to complete and is an ongoing challenge for the Environment Agency today.In today's #MuseumFromHome post we'll learn all about how and why the fens were drained, the people that did the work and also have fun having a go at crafts and activities inspired by the drainage!Visit our blog at http://www.elymuseum.org.uk/uncategorised/museumfromhome-drainage-in-the-fens/ to learn more about the people involved in the drainage scheme, learn more about the special tools and machinery created to drain and maintain the fens and help Vermuyden recruit more people to help him!We'll also be learning all about the special wind pumps which helped to drain the fens and are still in use today. Once museums are able to reopen, you can see an example of a wind powered pump at Wicken Fen, a steam powered pump at Stretham Old Engine and a diesel powered pump and much more at Prickwillow Drainage Engine MuseumWe also asked our stormtrooper friends to help us recreate a drainage dyke from chocolate cake – see what they did on our blog & have a go at making your own too!You can also learn more about the fens in two of our previous #MuseumFromHome posts here;The Fens: http://www.elymuseum.org.uk/uncategorised/museumfromhome-the-fens/Eels: http://www.elymuseum.org.uk/uncategorised/museumfromhome-eels/

Posted by Ely Museum on Monday, 8 June 2020
Find out blog post, filled with activities here

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 Ely Castle and have fun with castle-themed crafts as we make our own castle alongside a knight and a bow & arrow to defend it too!

MuseumFromHome Ely Castle

It is thought that, if you visited Ely around 950 years ago, you would find a large wooden castle which was 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!Visit our blog at http://www.elymuseum.org.uk/uncategorised/museumfromhome-ely-castle/ to learn about two important figures in the history of the castle, William the Conqueror and local rebel Hereward the Wake too.Hereward the Wake was a local man and warrior. He and his group of rebels helped to defend the Isle of Ely against Norman invaiders – he needs your help recruiting more rebels so help him by designing your own persusaive poster – find the template on our blog too!Find out about the art of heraldry too and have a go at designing your own coat of arms – what will you choose to represent you?

Posted by Ely Museum on Monday, 15 June 2020
Ely Castle blog post

Learn all about the Vikings, including how they made their beautiful jewellery such as the amazing Aedwen’s brooch as well as learning about Viking runes and nicknames! Join us as we make a Viking longship, shield and replica brooch

MuseumFromHome: Vikings

This week's #MuseumFromHome at Ely Museum is all about the Vikings! Join us as we make some fun, Viking themed crafts in the video below and then head over to our blog at http://www.elymuseum.org.uk/uncategorised/museumfromhome-vikings/ to learn more about the Vikings in East Anglia and the things they did and made.You'll learn more about the beautifu Aedwen's brooch that was made in the early 11th century but found in Sutton, just outside Ely in 1694. The brooch is normally on display at the British Museum but back in 2015, came to Ely Museum for a special exhibtion!In our blogpost you'll also learn all about runes – a special Viking alphabet and learn how to write your name in runes too!We're also learning about Viking bynames or nicknames and finding out who had boneless legs or hairy trousers! Have a go at creating your own Viking byname and don't forget to come up with one for everyone at home too! #MuseumFromHome

Posted by Ely Museum on Monday, 22 June 2020

In July 1940, the new RAF Hospital in Ely opened! In this weeks #MuseumFromHome we’ll learn all about the history of the hospital and have fun with some themed crafts too

MuseumFromHome: RAF Hospital

Join Ely Museum as we learn all about the RAF Hospital in Ely with this week's #MuseumFromHome!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 was finally ready and officially opened in July 1940 – learn all about the hospital in today's blog post here: http://www.elymuseum.org.uk/uncategorised/museumfromhome-raf-hospital/Today we will be creating an X-Ray picture of our arm, a paper chain of doctors and nurses and a replica airfield too! If you want to make a spitfire plane for your airfield, you can find our craft video here: https://www.facebook.com/ElyMuseum/videos/549388649105290/Learn more about the history of the hospital and some of its Royal visitors in the past too!This week we're also imagining we are a doctor or nurse at the RAF hospital and writing a special diary entry describing our day – will you be writing as a doctor or nurse in the 1940s when the hospital first opened, from today or from the future?We're also helping the doctors and nurses as we learn about the human body too! If you take any pictures of your crafts, please do share them with us – we love seeing them!If you've enjoyed todays crafts, or any of our previous #MuseumFromHome activities – our short feedback form can be done online here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/XQR9H68We really appreciate your feedback & it helps us to continue creating content for you to enjoy!

Posted by Ely Museum on Monday, 29 June 2020
RAF Hospital blog post

The history of money can be traced back over 4,000 years. During this time, currency has taken many different forms, including things we use as money today like coins or banknotes, to objects we might not consider to be money like shells, animals, or other natural resources. This weeks #MuseumFromHome is all about coins. Join us on Facebook as we make some fun coin-themed crafts and then have a go at the activities on our blog post

MuseumFromHome: Coins

This weeks #MuseumFromHome at Ely Museum is all about coins! The history of money can be traced back o ver 4,000 years. During this time, currency has taken many different forms! Learn all about different types of coins on our blog today at http://www.elymuseum.org.uk/uncategorised/museumfromhome-coins/Today we'll be making our own money box from a toilet roll tube, a purse from a paper plate to keep our money safe and a 3D coin too – join in with the craft video & send us any pictures of the pieces you create – we love seeing them!Head over to our blog to learn all about Roman coins and have a go at some Roman maths to see if you could be a Roman merchant! You can also have a go at designing your own Ely tokens too – learn all about the different tokens made here in Ely and decide what you'd include on your own token. Finally, we're learning all about coins from around the world in different shapes and sizes – see all the different types and have a go at designing your own strangly shaped coins – what will yours look like?If you've enjoyed todays crafts, or any of our previous #MuseumFromHome activities – our short feedback form can be done online here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/XQR9H68We really appreciate your feedback & it helps us to continue creating content for you to enjoy!

Posted by Ely Museum on Saturday, 4 July 2020

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