Ely Museum at the Old Gaol

The Ely Museum is a another local museum which opened in 1997. It tells about the local history dating back to prehistoric times up to the 20th century. It covers the Romans, Saxons, Victorian and Edwardian eras as well as the effect of World War 2 on the area.

The museum itself is in one of the oldest buildings, dating back to the 13th century, in Ely was once the Bishop's Gaol (jail) from 1679-1839. This building was used as a private house, a tavern, a registry office and the jail.

Also highlights the Ely and Littleport Riots which were caused by high unemployment and rising grain costs an the general unrest following the Napoleonic Wars. You can see the graffiti left behind by the prisoners. You can also see what it was like being in the Bishop's Gaol.

I also liked the display to the last Eel catcher, it is an interesting occupation people used to have.

They have some things that little ones are able to touch and trails to make their visit a bit more interesting. Bug loved the eel she could carry around with her. There are also events especially during half terms and summer holidays to attend so keep an eye out on my newsletters for them or follow their Facebook page.

If you live in Ely, you should really visit to get to know the local history of the place you call home.

If you are looking for somewhere to volunteer, contact the museum, they are always looking for help.

All the Best!

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