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Fulfilling the creative potential of young people on the Isle of Wight

Life in a castle

  • Facilitator Led
  • Topic not set
  • EYFS, Key stage 1

What to expect

Using Sleeping Beauty as a starting point, this workshop uses Carisbrooke Castle as its setting. As the story unfolds replica artefacts, sounds, smells and costume will be used to bring to life the people who lived there. Vocabulary relating to the castle will be introduced throughout the story. The group will help tell the story by being servants preparing a feast, guards protecting the castle and becoming the sleeping inhabitants of the castle. After the story has been told there will be a free-flow activity where the group will be able to handle artefacts, costume, armour and weapons and let their imaginations flow.

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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: EYFS and Key stage 1

Curriculum links: History, geography, English, Understanding the World – Past and Present, Communication and Language – Listening, Attention and Understanding

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 designed for visits to Carisbrooke Castle Museum but it can also be delivered in schools before or after a visit. It includes self-led resources to guide you around the castle before or after the workshop.. 


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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