Old Gaol, Market Street, Ely, Cambs. CB7 4LS.
Telephone: 01353 666655 - Fax: 01353 659259
The Ely Museum now has it's own web
Museum is housed in one of the oldest buildings in
Ely, dating from the 13th Century, it has been a private
house, a Tavern, a Registry Office & the Bishop's
Sensitively renovated in 1997 much of the buildings
history can still be seen, including prisoners graffiti,
hidden doorways and original planking on the walls.
Replica of Roman Cavalry Helmet found at Witcham,
courtesy of Cambridgeshire County Council.
Anglo Saxon brooches, probably
from a pagan grave, 6th century. Anglo Saxon hook
tag, for fastening clothes, 9th century.
displays include fossils from marine dinosaurs, prehistoric
tools and weapons, Roman pottery and Anglo Saxon jewellery.
An archive film shows methods of farming in the past,
and the Debtors and Condemned Cells show visitors
what the Bishops' Gaol was really like.
can enjoy the attractive and secluded courtyard before
and after their visit.
The Cambridgeshire Regiment Collection display includes
two of the Singapore Drums, and tells the traumatic
story of the Regiment's imprisonment by the Japanese
during World War Two.
Ely Museum has a level front entrance, an adapted toilet
and a stairlift to the upper floor. There are chairs
throughout the Museum for visitors.
A View from St Mary's Street' c.1858.
By Henry Baines (1823-1894).
Tudor shoes found bricked up in the
Ely Porta, probably as a protection against witches.
sheets are free to children visiting the Museum, there
is a Teacher's Resource Pack, and many more objects
which can be touched. Guided tours are available by
There are toilets and a nappy changing unit for visitors.
The gift shop sells many items from the Robert Opie
range as well as local history publications, and work
by local artists and crafts people.
events and exhibitions are held throughout the year,
including finds and identification afternoons, living
history days and a programme of talks.
becoming a Friend of Ely Museum, and enjoy free admission,
a free newsletter twice a year and discounted entry
to special events.
Ely Museum has a handling collection,
including loan boxes for schools.