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Mark your new calendars - The Romans are coming to Ely Museum this January!On Saturday 27th January, Roman re-enactors f...
04/01/2024

Mark your new calendars - The Romans are coming to Ely Museum this January!

On Saturday 27th January, Roman re-enactors from Britannia will share displays of science, craft and medicine and you can hear what life may have been like in the Roman army. Will you make it into the Praetorian Guards (The Emperor’s personal bodyguard)?

https://www.elymuseum.org.uk/whats-on/the-romans-are-coming/

Come and chat to the Roman soldiers, speak to the Roman women and Iron Age people of 1st century AD Britain.

27th January, 11am – 4pm

Normal admission charges apply. Free for Annual Pass holders.

Happy New Year from everyone at Ely Museum! We are open today from 10.30am until 5pm and would love to welcome you back ...
02/01/2024

Happy New Year from everyone at Ely Museum! We are open today from 10.30am until 5pm and would love to welcome you back in 2024.

If you are looking for a new challenge for 2024, then why not join our team?There is only one week left to apply for the...
27/12/2023

If you are looking for a new challenge for 2024, then why not join our team?
There is only one week left to apply for the three roles available at Ely Museum.
Find out more and apply at https://www.elymuseum.org.uk/job-vacancies/

It's Christmas Eve and the Christmas T-Rex and everyone at Ely Museum wishes you a very Merry Christmas.
24/12/2023

It's Christmas Eve and the Christmas T-Rex and everyone at Ely Museum wishes you a very Merry Christmas.

It's 23rd December and the Christmas T-Rex is enjoying the wintery weather.
23/12/2023

It's 23rd December and the Christmas T-Rex is enjoying the wintery weather.

It's 22nd December and the Christmas T-Rex has made friends with the Chris-mouse and the Christmas Crow!
22/12/2023

It's 22nd December and the Christmas T-Rex has made friends with the Chris-mouse and the Christmas Crow!

Ely Museum is now closed for the festive season. We look forward to seeing you all again from 2nd of January! Merry Chri...
22/12/2023

Ely Museum is now closed for the festive season. We look forward to seeing you all again from 2nd of January! Merry Christmas.

The Christmas T-Rex would like to let you know that today is your last chance to visit Ely Museum until the new year. We...
21/12/2023

The Christmas T-Rex would like to let you know that today is your last chance to visit Ely Museum until the new year. We are closed from 5pm today until 2nd January.

Ely Museum is recruiting two new members of staff as part of our ‘Resilience Through Our Collections’ NLHF-funded projec...
20/12/2023

Ely Museum is recruiting two new members of staff as part of our ‘Resilience Through Our Collections’ NLHF-funded project. A Marketing and Events Project Officer and a Collections Project Officer.

Resilience Through Our Collections is a two year project, funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, that will focus on improving organisational sustainability and resilience, whilst ensuring that collections are at the centre of everything the museum does.

For more details of the project and to apply for the roles, please see https://www.elymuseum.org.uk/job-vacancies/

The Christmas T-Rex is learning all about Roman coins today. Did you know a hoard of Roman coins was found on the north ...
20/12/2023

The Christmas T-Rex is learning all about Roman coins today. Did you know a hoard of Roman coins was found on the north side of Ely and is now on display at Ely Museum?

It's 19th December and the Christmas T-Rex is admiring the Napoleonic trophy armour and learning all about the Littlepor...
19/12/2023

It's 19th December and the Christmas T-Rex is admiring the Napoleonic trophy armour and learning all about the Littleport Riots.

Ely Museum is recruiting a Senior Project Officer (Maternity leave cover).If you have a passion for museum collections a...
18/12/2023

Ely Museum is recruiting a Senior Project Officer (Maternity leave cover).

If you have a passion for museum collections and the skills to share them with others, through exhibitions, events and marketing then this could be the role for you.

The Role
We are looking for a creative and organised individual, with strong leadership skills, to join our small and dedicated team. You will lead the delivery of the new NLHF funded project, ‘Resilience through our collections’ focusing on temporary exhibitions, collections, marketing, events and audience development.

This role is a great chance to join the team at a thriving museum and will suit a person who enjoys working with collections and driving more visitors to the museum. There is great scope for the right candidate to learn and develop within this role, depending on their own interests and skills.

Ely Museum is an independent museum that tells the story of the landscape of the local area and the lives of people who have lived there. We have full Arts Council Accreditation and have recently undergone a redevelopment, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

About You
With a strong interest in heritage and museums, you’ll be an excellent communicator who enjoys working with collections and creating exhibitions. Self-motivated and reliable, with experience of marketing and the ability to lead a small project team.

We are passionate about Ely Museum and the local area and hope that this inspires you too.

Hours:
22.5 hours per week (days negotiable) to include occasional weekend and evening working.

Contract:
Fixed term for 9 months, with possibility of extension.

Salary:
£27,000k pa pro rata (Actual pay £12,150 for 9 months).

Further Information and to Apply:
Please visit https://www.elymuseum.org.uk/job-vacancies/

It's the 18th December and the Christmas T-Rex is planning his festive feasting. What vegetable do you think he is harve...
18/12/2023

It's the 18th December and the Christmas T-Rex is planning his festive feasting. What vegetable do you think he is harvesting?

Oooh shiny. The Christmas T-Rex is admiring the East Cambridgeshire Gold Torc today. It really wouldn't fit a dinosaur a...
17/12/2023

Oooh shiny. The Christmas T-Rex is admiring the East Cambridgeshire Gold Torc today. It really wouldn't fit a dinosaur as small as him!

The Christmas T-Rex is spending 16th December learning about the landscape of the fens using our 3D map. Look at how the...
16/12/2023

The Christmas T-Rex is spending 16th December learning about the landscape of the fens using our 3D map. Look at how the towns and villages used to be on islands.

It's 15th December and the Christmas T-Rex is dressing up in our Anglo-Saxon costumes. Did you know we have both adult a...
15/12/2023

It's 15th December and the Christmas T-Rex is dressing up in our Anglo-Saxon costumes. Did you know we have both adult and child dressing up in the museum gallery? We love seeing pictures of you wearing them so please tag us on social media if you share photos.

It's December 14th and the Christmas T-Rex is making friends with the Gaol mouse!
14/12/2023

It's December 14th and the Christmas T-Rex is making friends with the Gaol mouse!

The Christmas T-Rex is spending December 13th locked up in The Old Gaol!
13/12/2023

The Christmas T-Rex is spending December 13th locked up in The Old Gaol!

This afternoon 3.30-5pm is Quiet Hours at Ely Museum. For a trial period we are moving our Quiet Hours to the afternoon ...
13/12/2023

This afternoon 3.30-5pm is Quiet Hours at Ely Museum.

For a trial period we are moving our Quiet Hours to the afternoon of the second Wednesday of the month. We're keen to hear from visitors about when is a good time to offer Quiet Hours. If this is something that is helpful to you or your family please speak to us when you visit as we are keen to review our provision and keep it useful.

It's 12th of December and the Christmas T-Rex is marvelling at the size of a mammoth tooth.
12/12/2023

It's 12th of December and the Christmas T-Rex is marvelling at the size of a mammoth tooth.

It's December 11th and the Christmas T-Rex is having a quiet day after his busy weekend. He's having a rest and watching...
11/12/2023

It's December 11th and the Christmas T-Rex is having a quiet day after his busy weekend. He's having a rest and watching the Tales from the Fens stories in our gallery.

It's 10th December and the Christmas T-Rex is ready to welcome you to the museum to visit Father Christmas! Father Chris...
10/12/2023

It's 10th December and the Christmas T-Rex is ready to welcome you to the museum to visit Father Christmas!

Father Christmas will be at Ely Museum TODAY from 10.30am - 1pm and 1.30pm - 4pm. No booking necessary, you can buy a ticket on the door, £5 per child.

It's 9th of December at Father Christmas is visiting Ely Museum! He will be here until 4pm today and then 10.30am - 1pm ...
09/12/2023

It's 9th of December at Father Christmas is visiting Ely Museum! He will be here until 4pm today and then 10.30am - 1pm and 1.30pm - 4pm tomorrow.

The Christmas T-Rex is having a go on our tombola. Do you think he will win a prize?

It is nearly time! Father Christmas is loading up his sleigh and coming to Ely Museum tomorrow, Saturday 9th and Sunday ...
08/12/2023

It is nearly time! Father Christmas is loading up his sleigh and coming to Ely Museum tomorrow, Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th of December.

You don't need to book, tickets are £5 per child and sold on the door and accompanying adults are free. 10.30am-1pm and 1.30pm-4.pm.

With a fun trail around the museum and a tombola, its a great festive day out.

https://www.elymuseum.org.uk/whats-on/father-christmas-at-ely-museum/

Its the 8th of December and our Christmas T-Rex is eagerly waiting for Santa to arrive. He is hoping to see you all at t...
08/12/2023

Its the 8th of December and our Christmas T-Rex is eagerly waiting for Santa to arrive. He is hoping to see you all at the museum tomorrow and Sunday, 10.30am-1pm and 1.30-4pm.

Today, on 7th December, our Christmas T-Rex went on a visit to     City Cycle Centre, Toy Dept. We are delighted that Ci...
07/12/2023

Today, on 7th December, our Christmas T-Rex went on a visit to City Cycle Centre, Toy Dept.

We are delighted that City Cycle Centre are once again sponsoring our Christmas Grotto on 9th and 10th December. Come along this weekend between 10.30am and 4pm to meet Father Christmas: https://www.elymuseum.org.uk/whats-on/father-christmas-at-ely-museum/

Its 6th December and the Christmas T-Rex is filling in his annual pass to visit Ely Museum. Every ticket to Ely Museum i...
06/12/2023

Its 6th December and the Christmas T-Rex is filling in his annual pass to visit Ely Museum. Every ticket to Ely Museum is valid for a whole year so you can visit again and again - what a bargain!

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The Old Gaol, Market Street
Ely
CB74LS

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:30am - 5pm
Wednesday 10:30am - 5pm
Thursday 10:30am - 5pm
Friday 10:30am - 5pm
Saturday 10:30am - 5pm

Telephone

01353 666655

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Ely Museum opened to the public in the historic Bishops Gaol on the 26th April 1997 You could originally find Ely Museum in the former Choir School of Ely Cathedral at the Sacrist Gate, where we opened in 1975!

In what is now the Octagon Studios Performing Arts Centre, the original Ely Museum was opened with a small team of dedicated volunteers led by local man, Dennis Adams. It seemed particularly relevant today on our ‘second’ 22nd birthday to share some images from the grand opening of that museum!

Following our big move, the museum moved into the Old Gaol, reopening to the public in April 1997 by local archivist and historian, Mike Petty MBE

The earliest documentary reference to our Old Gaol building is from 1417 when a survey was carried out to settle a dispute over property ownership between a Bishop and Prior, though archaeological evidence suggests our building was originally built in the 13th Century. The tenant of our building in 1417 was listed as Thomas Hakwrong, though unfortunately we don’t know more about him.


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