A brief layover in Leeds

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the-royal-armouries Entrance to the Royal Armouries Museum

After leaving Ely, I had a long trip to the Lake District. To avoid a 15 hour train journey (most of which would have been waiting around in train stations), I gave myself a layover in Leeds. An afternoon and evening in Leeds gave me the opportunity to vist the Royal Armouries Museum. The museum houses a collection of military armoury from througout the history of England, up to the present day. It is well exhibited, with inventive interactions throughout the collection. My only criticism of the museum would be a fairly confusing layout. The weird routes between galleries and floors, meant that I had to double back through galleries, and I’m not quite sure I saw everything.

But that, common museum weakness aside, I very much enjoyed the Royal Armouries Museum. The pinnacle of their collection is the intricately decorated Lion Armour, which…

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Ely, Cambridgeshire

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Ely Cathedral Ely Cathedral

During my week spent volunteering at the Farmland Museum I was staying in the small city of Ely (pronounced ee-lee), with a friend of mine from the University of Leicester, Lindsay. To whom I must express immense gratitude for inviting me to stay with her.

Ely is a lovely small city just north of Cambridge. Unfortunately while I was there the weather was a bit rubbish, grey, dreary, and rainy most evenings.  I was also working each day, and catching the bus back into Ely (getting home after 6pm).  As all the museums and most of the businesses close by 5pm,  this did not work very well to take in all that Ely has to offer. The city was the home to Oliver Cromwell, and his former home is now a museum; they have a city museum, and there is of course the Ely Cathedral. The Cathedral also contains a stained glass window…

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Education programming at Denny abbey and the Farmland Museum

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In the second half of my week at the Farmland Museum, I worked primarily with the Education programming.  This included observing an outreach session and the final event day for the Enid Porter Project, part of a county-wide project using the Enid Porter archives held at the Museum of Cambridge,  as well as putting together a new children`s trail for the museum.

I tagged along with Chris, the Education Officer, to a school in nearby Waterbeach to observe an outreach program entitled `Fenland Life`. This workshop focuses on life in the region prior to the draining of the large fen, which originally covered the area. Draining of the Fen began in the 17th C. , ceasing a centuries old way of life of the ‘Fen People’. This program teaches students everyday life for people living in the marshy environment: how they got around in the fen (on stilts)…

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