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Museums and Schools Programme

Creating a feast at Newport Roman Villa

The Isle of Wight Museums and Schools Programme

Free museum visits for schools

Courtesy of Arts Council England and The Department for Education, the Isle of Wight is developing a new portfolio of fun, curriculum-centred, workshops across its leading heritage sites.  Until the 30th April 2020, many of these workshops are being offered to visiting schools completely free!

All workshops have been designed by teaching professionals in accordance with Ofsted’s 2019 inspection guidelines and Hampshire Schools’ Inspection & Advisory Service’s ‘six-step’ approach to teaching History.  And it’s not just History and Local Heritage based workshops that will be on offer but also Science, Maths, English, Art, Citizenship, Geography and Design & Technology.

To link with Quay Arts ‘Lift the Lid’ programme, there will also be options for visiting students to undertake creative activities that will contribute to - or even outright deliver - Arts Award qualifications.

What is available?

A summary of the curriculum linked workshops can be viewed here  (PDF 405KB - 1 page)

Where Can I Go?

Sites participating in the programme comprise a diverse representation of the Island’s heritage:

•             Brading Roman Villa (PDF 256KB - 2 pages)

•             Carisbrooke Castle Museum (PDF 249KB - 2 pages)

•             Classic Boat Museum (2 sites, East and West Cowes) (PDF 267KB - 2 pages)

•             Dimbola Museums & Galleries (PDF 280KB - 1 page)

•             Isle of Wight Steam Railway (PDF 244KB - 1 page)

•             Newport Roman Villa (PDF 240KB - 2 pages)

•             The Shipwreck Centre  (PDF 175KB - 2 pages)

What Do I Do Next?

To book a visit or find out more, please get in touch with our Heritage Educators, their details are included in the site information within the PDFs above.

We look forward to showing you and your students around our museums soon!


Museums & Schools Team