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Newport Then and Now

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

What to expect

How has Newport developed and changed over the last 2000 years? After taking part in an interactive timeline students will step back in time and take on the role of a person living in  St Thomas’s Square in 1891. Can they find the rest of their household? Are there any other people in the square that have the same trade as them? Can they match their trade to the correct tray of original Victorian artefacts? Students will contrast how people’s lives have changed in the last 130 years. A chronology trail in the museum can be combined with a self-guided visit to the Quay and St Thomas’ Square using resources to help students compare today with the past. This workshop combines chronology, local study, geography and the Victorians and includes free resources that can support you back in the classroom.

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 £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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