Trustees of Ely Museum reveal expansion plans

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Ely Museum - Credit: Archant

Further light has been shed on plans to expand Ely Museum.

It was revealed earlier this year that trustees had “ambitious plans” for development of the Market Street museum, with a particular focus on upgrading its current home.

At a meeting of the City of Ely Council, Councillor Christopher Phillips revealed that the trustees’ planned to refurbish the current building and add a second storey to the Vernon Cross room.

Initial costs for the project were set at £1.5million, with trustees hoping that the majority of the cash would come from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The city council heard that the project could take up to four years to complete, with up to £300,000 having to be raised locally to support the initiative.

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.

Speaking earlier this year, the mayor of Ely, Councillor Lis Every, said that the city council would support the museum in its plans.