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Ely commemorates the anniversary of the historic Armistice signing which finally brought the war to a close a century ago with a series of special exhibitions and events from Saturday 3 November.

Ely Library will be the home of two special exhibitions while at Ely Museum, the recently conserved King’s Colour of the First World War ‘Cambs Suffolks’ – the 11th (Service) Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, will be on display from 3 November.

On Saturday 10 November, Ely library will also host a talk on World War 1 Trench Art at 2pm  and a “Living Exhibition” of a First World War convalescent hospital by Classworks Theatre from 9.30am to 4pm (free).

At Ely museum, the popular First World War Family History Days will return on Saturday 3 November (11am - 4pm) with free access to the museum to mark the occasion. In addition, entry to the Museum will also be free on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 November for everyone to discover the recently conserved King’ Colour of the 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment – ‘The Cambs Suffolks’. The Colour was located and restored as part of a Heritage Lottery funded project to commemorate the 11th Battalion Suffolk Regiment, the Cambridgeshire Volunteer Battalion.

Cambridgeshire County Council’s Chair of the Highways and Community Infrastructure Cllr Mathew Shuter said: “We are proud to be playing a part in this historic international event to commemorate the centenary of the end of the Great War, and to recognise the contribution and sacrifice made by the men and women from our local Cambridgeshire community.

“The centenary of the end of the Great War is an opportunity to acknowledge the enormous sacrifice made the millions of men and women who died or were wounded, as well as those who worked tirelessly at home.

“We’re particularly proud to present the restored King’s Colour of the 11th Battalion Suffolk Regiment – ‘The Cambs Suffolks’, to mark this remarkable milestone. It was in a very delicate condition but we worked with a conservator to stabilise, conserve and frame the Colour so it can now be viewed by everyone at Ely Museum.”



  • Exhibition: The Great War, Behind the Lines

Display consisting of exhibition panels on different aspects of the First World War.


  • Exhibition: Time for Healing - Focus on the medical

Display of medical paraphernalia - nurses’ uniform, auxiliary hospitals, medals, letters, medical instruments and much more.


  •  ‘Living Exhibition’ of a First World War convalescent hospital by Classworks Theatre

Saturday 10 November, 9.30am – 4pm. FREE

  • World War 1 Trench Art

Commemorate the 100 year anniversary of Armistice Day discovering art made in the trenches, presented by Rob Law. These objects, made out of recycled war refuse such as shell casings, spent bullets or whatever came to hand, open a window to the past.

Saturday 10 November 2pm, Ely Library Meeting room, tickets £2 on sale at the library


  • First World War family history day and exhibition.

A team of specialist First World War researchers will be on hand to help visitors who would like to discover more about their relatives' wartime service. This team includes experts on the local Cambridgeshire Regiment, Suffolk Regiment and Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalion. People are also welcome to bring along any First World War pictures, medals, documents and items that they would like to learn more about. Alongside this there will be a display of pictures, medals, insignia and biographies relating to local men who were involved in the fighting during the final year of the War and a pop up exhibition detailing the exploits of the local Cambridgeshire Regiment in 1918.

Saturday 3 November, 10:30am to 4pm

  • Free access to the Museum

The recently conserved King’s Colour of the First World War ‘Cambs Suffolks’ – the 11th (Service) Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, will be on display and will be supported by a new display relating to the Battalion. There is also a new temporary exhibition of wartime items, including medals and details of some of the local Ely men who served during the War.

3rd, 10 and 11th November – FREE


  • Journey's End

To commemorate the centenary of the end of The First World War, Ely Amateur Dramatic Society is putting on a production of R.C. Sherriff’s ‘Journey’s End’.

Ely Maltings, 8, 9 and 10 November - https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on/ely/the-maltings-ely/journeys-end

  • Parade to Ely Cathedral then to Market Square for the wreath laying

St Mary’s Church, Sunday 11 Nov at 10am

  • Lighting of the beacon

Everyone is invited to gather on St Mary's Green to light the new beacon. The bells of St Mary's will be rung and the Town Crier will give the Cry for Peace

Sunday 11 Nov from 7pm

Orignal poppies and poppy appeal material from 1921. Image courtesy of Andrew Spooner

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