200 Hundred Years of Work and School

This hands-on workshop uses Isle of Wight archives and artefacts to explore how school and work have changed for children over the last 200 years. Local examples include the tragic story of Valentine Gray, the chimney climbing boy who died in 1822, the Blue School in Newport, which trained girls to be servants in the 19th Century and Christabella Millgate, a 12-year-old Newport Mayoress in the 1911. The workshop also looks at the UNESCO’s Sustainable Development Goal for ensuring all children receive a quality education by 2030 and the current barriers to education for children such as poverty, inequality and current conflicts.

This workshop is available in school or at the Museum of Island History.

About the Museum of Island History

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.

Discover free activities to support your visit.


Key information

Level: Key Stage 1 and 2

Curriculum links: History, English, Geography

Duration: 2hrs at the museum or 1 1/4hrs in school

Open for Schools: The museum is available exclusively for schools on Mon, Wed and Fri throughout the year.

Pupil numbers: 32 (max)

Cost: £4/pupil at the museum or £100 in school for one class, £175 for two classes


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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In School, Museum of Island History

Key stage

Key stage 1, Key stage 2

Activity Type

Facilitator Led