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Activities – Carisbrooke Castle Museum

Activities to support your visit to Carisbrooke Castle Museum

There are lots of resources available to support your visit to the Carisbrooke Castle Museum. These include videos and activity sheets with lots of fun and creative ideas to extend learning opportunities either before or after a visit.

Video Tour

Introduction to Carisbrooke Castle Museum

A video introduction to Carisbrooke Castle Museum with IWC Heritage Education Officer Estelle Baker (18mins).

Activity Sheets

Top Treasure Activities

Discover some of the Island’s top historical treasures which are in the care of our museums with these activities.

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Story Telling Activities

Commissioned from local storyteller Sue Bailey, this activity sheet is packed with creative ideas to inspire activities in the classroom, at our museums and beyond. The activities have been designed to support Arts Award Explore but can readily be adapted for other levels or used to inspire fun activities undertaken without formal Arts Award assessment.

Drawing Activity

Designed by local artist Adam Gaterell, this drawing activity sheet is packed with ideas to inspire your students during a visit to Carisbrooke Castle Museum.

Arts Award Activities

Developed by the Museums and Schools partnership to support Arts Award Explore, these activity sheets include lots of creative activity ideas anyone can use.

Cartoon History

‘A Cartoon History of the Isle of Wight’, written by Martin and Michelle Crowther, uses rhyming couplets to take readers on an incredible journey through time. Students can use this template to illustrate and add to the poem with their own compositions.

Artist-Led Activity Videos

Cut and Paste Shadow Profiles (video 1)
Cut and Paste Shadow Profiles (video 2)

Shadow Profile Making Video

The collections of Carisbrooke Castle contain silhouettes made by local artist John Buncombe in the 1800s.

Join artist Ian Whitmore in this video which takes you through the process of creating your own silhouette.

Download the accompanying instructions.

Emma Dennett’s Botanical Illustrations

Discover an album of botanical illustrations created by Emma Dennett in the 19th century in this short film by Bruce Webb. Be inspired to to explore and record the plants and flowers where you live through art or photography.

Out on an Island: LGBT Awareness Resources

Out on an Island is a National Lottery Heritage Fund funded project that aims to queer the Isle of Wight’s past, present and future by telling our collective LGBTQ+ stories. It is devised by StoneCrabs Theatre who also developed and delivered a series of LGBTQ+ awareness workshops in Island schools, commissioned by IW Museums and Schools.

Visit the Out on an Island website to discover the oral history collection (now archived at Carisbrooke Castle Museum) and find out more about some notable LGBTQ+ people with Isle of Wight connections.