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Local Study: Carisbrooke Castle

  • Facilitator Led
  • Local Study
  • Key stage 2

What to expect

The castle is a great location for ‘a study over time tracing how several aspects of national history are reflected in the locality’ or ‘a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066’. This hands-on workshop looks at how the development of the castle mirrors what was happening locally, nationally and internationally. Armour, costume and artefacts help bring the story of the castle to life. The workshop can also be designed to focus on a specific period.

About Carisbrooke Castle Museum

An independent charity located within the former governor’s house at the Castle, Carisbrooke Castle Museum was established 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

Duration: 60-75mins

Pupil numbers: 15 (min) – 60 (max)

Cost: £4.00 per pupil (£100min)

Please note: The availability of on-site workshops changes seasonally, please enquire for more details. Workshops are available in school all year round and can be followed up by a free visit to the castle site.

Discover free activities to support your visit.

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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