Museum of Island History



Also known as: Guildhall Museum


Service Description:
The Museum of Island History situated in the historic Guildhall displays objects highlighting the Island’s diverse historical past. Come and view the new exhibition ‘A Tale of Two Shipwrecks’ the exhibition explores two very different shipwrecks located off the Isle of Wight. Find out more about the loss of HMS Pomone who was wrecked off the Needles in 1811. There are incredible artefacts on display which belonged to members of the ship’s crew and passengers including; A pair of sugar tongs, part of a sextant, and a syringe from a doctor’s kit. The loss of the Pomone is documented through extensive letters and diaries, these bring alive the events of the fateful night and provide an insight into the characters on board. The exhibition will also tell the tale of the Yarmouth Roads Wreck; this mystery ship is thought to be a late 16th century Spanish merchant carrack. This wreck is located just off Yarmouth Pier and is marked by a large yellow buoy.