Ely Museum is an independent museum and registered charity (no.1156024) that exists to collect, exhibit, and interpret the unique history of the Isle of Ely and the people who lived here. Please consider supporting us by making a donation. 

If you are a UK taxpayer the Museum can claim Gift aid on your donation which means that the museum receives an extra 25%. Please complete and sign a Gift Aid declaration form and return to us. If you have any questions please contact admin@elymuseum.org.uk

Your support, of any amount, is greatly appreciated as it will help to secure Ely Museum’s future and enable us to continue to offer: inspiring exhibitions, high quality care of our collections, engaging services for schools, and exciting events for all.

Donate today – your support has never been more important. Thank you.


If you would like to help safeguard the future of the museum and its collections, please consider leaving a legacy to Ely Museum. Unrestricted funding will allow the museum to put the legacy donation to best use wherever the need is greatest. If the museum is aware of a future bequest then it can plan in developments to improve the museum. Any amount is very greatfully received and could make a significant difference to the work of the museum.

This kind of bequest may bring with it tax benefits to your estate. Your professional advisor will be able to give you more advice.

A pecuniary bequest is a gift of a specific amount of money. A residuary or residual bequest is a gift of a portion of your estate after all the specific gifts, debts and taxes have been given away.

If you’d like to leave a pecuniary bequest, you might find this wording helpful:

“I bequeath to Ely Museum CIO of the Old Gaol, Market Street, Ely, CB7 4LS, Registered Charity No. 1156024 the sum of £…”

If you’d like to leave a residuary bequest:

“My Executors (these will be defined) shall divide the residue of my estate into equal shares and shall hold such shares as follows: a) as to (specific number) such shares for the Ely Museum CIO of the Old Gaol, Market Street, Ely, CB7 4LS, Registered Charity No. 1156024 absolutely; b) as to (specific number) as such shares for (legatee) of (address) absolutely”

Donating an object to the museum

If you are interested in donating an object to Ely Museum, please read the information below to see if it fits within our Collecting Policy. If it does, then please contact the Curator to discuss. Thank you.

Ely Museum collects items to expand and augment the current collections, following the aims of our Mission Statement and Forward Plan.

Area: The catchment area of Ely Museum is that covered by East Cambridgeshire District Council. Consideration will be given to objects which originate in areas in close proximity to this catchment area, provided it does not conflict with collecting policies of other museums.

Themes: Ely Museum’s collection covers the way of life of people who have lived in this area throughout history.

Periods: Ely Museum’s collection covers the history, archaeology and geology of the area throughout history. Current collecting priorities are the Anglo-Saxon period, the Medieval period and the 20th and 21st centuries.

Duplicate material will not be collected unless the duplicate may fulfil a significant need e.g.: handling collection; more stable condition.

When taking objects into the collection the museum must consider whether it has sufficient space to house the item, any conservation requirements, provenance and copyright.

Items will be accepted into the collections only by agreement of the Trustees, taking into account advice from the Curator, according to the Collections Development Policy. See PDF below.