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Carisbrooke Castle: Continuity and Change

  • Facilitator Led
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  • Key stage 3

What to expect

This hands-on workshop looks at how the castle has changed according to national events and the people that have lived there. Focussing on continuity and change within the castle: its use as a residence, as a defensive site and as a powerbase for controlling the Isle of Wight. Armour, costume and artefacts will tell the incredible story of the castle’s one-thousand years of history.

Discover free activities to support your visit.

About Carisbrooke Castle Museum

The oldest museum on the Isle of Wight and housed within the former Governor’s House at the Castle, Carisbrooke Castle Museum was founded as a museum of Isle of Wight history in 1898 by Queen Victoria’s youngest daughter, Princess Beatrice. The origins of the castle date back over a thousand years and it, most famously, served as ‘secure lodgings’ for Charles I during the English Civil War. The Education Officer is a trained archaeologist and qualified teacher with over 25 years of teaching experience. Each workshop is designed to match the curriculum needs of each visiting group. Activities are very hands-on and use a variety of approached to enable all learning styles to be accommodated.

Key information

Level: Key stage 3

Curriculum links: History (The development of Church, State and Society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509), Geography

Availability: The availability of on-site workshops changes seasonally, workshops are available in school all year round and can be followed up by a free visit to the castle site.

Duration: 60-75mins

Pupil numbers: 32 (max) per workshop session (64 at the castle when the full site is open)

Cost: at the museum £4.00/pupil (min. £100); in school £110 for 1 class, £180 for 2 classes

This workshop is also available for delivery in schools.

Artefact Boxes

The Heritage Education Service can loan items of historical, archaeological and geological interest to schools. Boxes of original artefacts, replicas and models on a range of topics from dinosaurs to the 1970s can support classroom activities before or after a workshop or museum visit. Loans can be delivered and collected direct to your school for just £45 for up-to eight loan boxes.


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