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

Local Study: The History of the Island Railways

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

What to expect

Pupils will learn about the history of the Island’s Railways through a presentation, taking them from the late 1800s right up to the present day, and through three key eras; Edwardian/Victorian era, the Golden Age of Seaside holidays (1920s/30s) and then Preservation of steam railways. Local memories will be shared giving a first-hand account. Pupils will handle real artefacts and create a Museum Object Record and a Museum Label. This workshop can be combined with the Tour and Train Ride described below.

About the Isle of Wight Steam Railway

A living, breathing, working museum with beautifully restored Victorian and Edwardian carriages, often hauled by 19th century locomotives, that take visitors on a leisurely 10 mile journey through the Island’s unspoilt countryside. There is  also an education space, children’s play area, woodland walk and ‘Train Story’, an interactive discovery centre where you can experience the sights, sounds and atmosphere of over 150 years of railway history.

Key information

Level: Key stage 1 and 2

Duration: 1hr

Pupil numbers: 15 (min) – 32 (max)

Cost: £2.50/pupil (Please note, from 2024 workshops will cost £80 per class (max. 32 pupils))

Add a guided tour of Havenstreet Station and 1 hour train ride (2 hours total) for £7.50/pupil

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