Museum of Island History



Also known as: Guildhall Museum


Service Description: The Museum of Island History is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am - 1pm.

To help keep you safe whilst you are in the museum; numbers will be limited in the shop and museum, visitors will be encouraged to wear a face covering, a QR code will be available or visitors can leave details manually to register their visit with NHS test and trace, a one way system is in place and some interactive exhibits have been removed. Please do not visit if you have any symptoms of Covid 19 or you have been asked to self isolate.


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.