The gaol dates to the 13th century, and over the centuries the building has been used as a private dwelling, an inn, and a registry office. Much of the original 13th century prison has been restored, and visitors can se graffitti scratched on the walls by medieval prisoners. Other medieval reminders include hidden dorways and original wooden panelling.
The displays are amazingly diverse, reflecting the geography and social history of the Fens. See prehistoric fossils, Roman pottery, and Saxon jewellry, plus weapons crafted in prehistoric times. Learn about traditional Fenland craft like eel catching. Local history exhibits include the story of the Ely Riots.
See a recreated Victorian laundry and living room, and learn about the imprisonment of the Cambridgeshire Regiment in WWII. Follow the life of a land army girl and what life was like for a local policeman.
Special galleries focus on Fossils, Prehistory, Roman Ely, the Saxons, the Celts, Victorian and Edwardian Ely, and The Fens.
Address: The Old Gaol, Market Street, Ely,
England, CB7 4LS
Attraction Type: Museum
Location: in town centre
Website: Ely Museum
Phone: 01353 666 655
Fax: 01353 659 259
OS: TL542 805
Photo Credit: Paul Shreeve, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence