Ely Museum News

We’re planning a complete redevelopment of Ely Museum but we need your help to make it possible!

The support of local people & business is essential to the success of our project at the museum.  We still need to raise over £100,000 so that we can unlock a grant of £1.67 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund, a national organisation which distributes a share of National Lottery funding to support a variety of heritage projects across the United Kingdom.  Excitingly, we’ve now submitted our final plans & application, and have a long wait ahead of us as we await the outcome!

We want to create a museum that celebrates and explores people’s influence on the Fen landscape, and its impact on them.  We need a museum that is accessible to all, has improved facilities as well as new spaces to engage adults & children with their history.

This project will allow us to create exciting and interactive exhibition galleries for the whole family to enjoy, we’ll be building an education room suitable for a 21st century where we can walk with virtual reality dinosaurs, recreate the Littleport Riots trials & lots, lots more.  We also want to preserve our historic building here at the Old Gaol, using locally made, traditional materials, we’ll be using gault clay tiles of the roof, restoring the historic gaol windows and revealing lots of hidden features of the building

The support of local people & local business is more important than ever to Ely Museum! Your donation will help us unlock this grant and create a new & exciting museum to celebrate the amazing history of our city! Donations can be made in person, by cheque (made payable to Ely Museum please) or online at

Emily Allen

Custodian at Ely Museum


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