Museum of Island History


Royal Navy Officer’s brass sword-belt fitting

Service Update  - Coronavirus (COVID 19)

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID 19) lockdown the Museum of Island History is presently closed.


We look forward to welcoming back visitors at a future date.  Please check the website for further information on the reopening of the museum.


The Museum of Island History is situated within the historic Guildhall on Newport High Street. The museum provides a fascinating exploration of Island history from the time of the dinosaurs to the present day.  Visitors can view incredible objects highlighting the Island’s diverse historical past; including hands on displays and the latest archaeological finds, as well as visit a range of exciting, changing exhibitions throughout the year.

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 HMS 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.

For any enquiries about our collections please contact the Curator of Human History by using the online 'send a message form to service'  alternatively you can contact us using our details found in the contact tab above.