September Article from The Elyi Magazine
Ely Museum has closed its doors and our exciting redevelopment works begin in earnest!
In January 2019, we were delighted to announce that we have been awarded a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £1.66 million for the Unlocking the Potential of the Old Gaol: Ely Museum Redevelopment Project. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, this £2.2 million project will rejuvenate Ely Museum and make it a fantastic destination for local people and visitors to the area.
You’ll soon see changes to the façade of Ely Museum as our new education room is built. This space will be a brilliant, 21st century space for us to welcome children to. The biggest changes will be within the historic Old Gaol though, where new and interactive galleries will be created, and the historic features of our 13th century gaol will be revealed.
Staff and a brilliant team of volunteers have spent August safely packing up objects in our collections store, and in the early part of September, once our doors are closed, will do the same in the galleries too. With over 8000 objects ranging from a Roman coffin weighing in at over a tonne to tiny fossils from the warm Jurassic seas that once covered the Isle of Ely, each object has been carefully and safely packed in readiness for its temporary move away from the Old Gaol.
We hope to reopen to the public in the late autumn of 2020, but in the meantime, we’ll be coming out to see you! From taking our school sessions on the road, to visiting village festivals and fetes across East Cambridgeshire, as well as events within Ely too, we’re excited to bring the history of our region to life!
WHERE TO FIND THE FULL MAGAZINE: We deliver door to door in Ely, Queen Adelaide, Chettisham and Prickwillow. Copies are free to pick up at: ELY: COSTA, NEROS, THE ALMONRY, BURROWS BOOK SHOP, LIBRARY, THE LAMB, CUTLACKS, CITY CYCLE CENTRE, THE LAMB VILLAGES: HADDENHAM: GALLERY. FORDHAM CO-OP & SCOTSDALES, SOHAM: CO-OP & VIVA CENTRE, BURWELL: CENTREPEACE & ELK CAFÉ. WILBURTON: POST OFFICE & TWENTYPENCE GARDEN CENTRE, ISLEHAM: POST OFFICE, WITCHFORD: POST OFFICE, LITTLEPORT: CLARE’S CAFÉ, JURASSIC BARK & DELAYNIES (A10) CAMELOT CREATURE COMFORTS. LITTLEDOWNHAM: THE GEORGE PUB. (Total 10,000 copies!)
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Elyi Magazine #45 – September / October 2019
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