Museum of Island History


Royal Navy Officer’s brass sword-belt fitting

Service Update

The Museum of Island history will re-open on Thursday 8 October 2020 and will open on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10am and 1pm.

The museum has introduced a number of measures to help keep visitors safe.

  • Visitors will be required to wear face coverings while in the museum and shop area.
  • Numbers will be limited within the shop and museum
  • Names and contact details of the lead member of your party will be collected for the purposes of NHS Track and Trace. A QR code will also be on site so that visitors can record their visit on mobile devices.
  • A one way system is in place.
  • Interactive exhibits have been removed and covered. For families there is a free artefact activity pack to take home.

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.