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Prehistoric Isle of Wight

  • Facilitator Led
  • Prehistory
  • Key stage 2

What to expect

What was happening on the Isle of Wight during Prehistory? How do we know? What were the major changes in lifestyle and technology from the Stone Age to the Iron Age? How did climate change effect the Island and what animals lived here in the past? These questions will be answered by taking part in an interactive timeline and a range of activities including handling flint tools and animal bones from the Island, excavating replica Bronze Age artefacts from sand, grinding corn and axe polishing. Students can also complete a museum trail that builds on their chronology skills and puts Prehistory in context.

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:

Museum of Island History



Key information

Level: Key stage 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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