Museum an ‘important asset’ as City of Ely Council promises to continue to support it and to help expand it

Ely Museum

Ely Museum - Credit: Archant

Ely Museum has “ambitious plans” for expansion in the coming years, the City of Ely Council says.

The museum, in Market Street, is supported by the city council and is looking to extend its reach by developing its current home.

Councillor Lis Every, the mayor of Ely, said: “The museum is looking to expand as far as we know and is looking at all the options they can. The city council will be helping them in any way we can

“In the short term, they will be expanding into the court house so that we have more educational visits from schools.”

Ely Museum Trust was set up in 1972, initially opening in the city’s High Street. In 1997, following the renovation of the Old Bishop’s Gaol, in Market Street, the museum moved into a new home – where it has remained since.

In a report to the annual meeting of the City of Ely Council, Councillor C Phillips, said: “The council supports the museum financially and sees it as an important asset in as much as it had gathered together a large collection relating to the city’s history and is not only a part of Ely’s tourist trail but also a centre for education and learning.

“The museum has ambitious plans for the development of its current site and for partnership with the council in its use of the sessions house.