IWCEP - Cultural Education Partnership Ident - Teal, Pink and Fern
Fulfilling the creative potential of young people on the Isle of Wight

Life Saving Rockets

  • Facilitator Led
  • Innovation, Local Study, Victorians
  • Key stage 1, Key stage 2

What to expect

How did Isle Wight inventors use rockets to save lives at sea?

This workshop is a fantastic way to combine innovation, history, science and literacy. Re-enact the dramatic story of the wreck of the Irex. Learn how John Dennett’s life saving rocket was used to haul 29 survivors from Irex to the Needles battery above. See a rare example of Edward Mourier Boxer’s life saving rocket and experiment with forces to see if your own rocket can reach a cut out Irex!  Students will also complete an innovation themed trail in the museum.

The creation of this workshop and resources were funded by Arts Council England in collaboration with Independent Arts. Resources for teachers to run the workshop themselves are available at:

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, Science

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 £110 in school for one class, £180 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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