Museum Service

Museums and Schools Programme

Creating a feast at Newport Roman Villa

A partnership of Isle of Wight museums is working together on a grant funded project to enhance links between schools and museums. The project is funded by the Department for Education and administered by Arts Council England. It is led, this year, by our Heritage Service. The other partners are:

  • Brading Roman Villa
  • Carisbrooke Castle Museum
  • Classic Boat Museum 
  • Dimbola Museum and Gallery 
  • Shipwreck Centre and Maritime Museum 
  • Isle of Wight Cultural Education Partnership

The Museums and Schools programme offers quality engagement, connecting museums and local school children, while targeting areas with high levels of deprivation. Traditionally this has meant encouraging children into our museums. Exciting workshops have been delivered over the past three years and have been extremely well received. To date more than 7,700 children have benefitted from the scheme.

Welcome Back to IW Museums - Special Offer for Autumn 2021

To celebrate being able to welcome schools back to our museums, Museums and Schools is offering every Island school £50* off a visit to a museum this autumn. Bring your students to us to experience one of our fascinating historic sites, with fun and creative resources and activities also available to use back in your classroom. You can download a full list of museum workshops.

*T&C: £50 per school, for one visit to one museum in the Museums and Schools partnership. Visit must be taken before the end of December 2021. Quote ‘welcome back offer’ when booking.

Museums and Schools and Covid-19

The COVID-19 crisis restricted museum visits to our partner museum sites. In the Autumn of 2020 we adapted our sessions offering free museum workshops within schools. Over 1,000  children participated in these workshops which explored exciting topics based on our incredible sites and collections. Workshops included exploration of Prehistory, Romans, Victorians, Safety at Sea and Castles. Videos, artefacts and activities accompany each session to bring history to life in the classroom. Each workshop was designed and delivered alongside schools so we could meet COVID-19 health and safety needs. We are now working with teachers to adapt our resources for remote and home learning. 

If teachers would like to find out more or receive assistance in planning resources then please email Richard Smout:

Museums and Schools and the Earth Museum

The Museums and Schools partnership is working with The Earth Museum. We are developing new KS2 and KS3 cross curricula learning resources for Island schools in the classroom, online and in museums. Four key curriculum-based themes have been identified: 

  • Isle of Wight before 1066 
  • Isle of Wight beyond 1066
  • Science Innovation
  • Global Island

To discover a little more about this project and get involved please visit the Earth Museum – Museums and Schools project.

Schools Workshops

View a little information about the museum sites and the workshops we have developed so far:

The Isle of Wight Cultural Education Partnership

The Cultural Education Partnership is a cooperative group of museums, schools and cultural organizations. We work to enable young people to access the cultural opportunities on the Isle of Wight. Visit the Cultural Education Partnership website to find out more.

Partners 2018-2020

Workshops developed by previous project partners can be found below: