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World War One and the Isle of Wight

  • Facilitator Led
  • WWI & WWII
  • Key stage 2, Key stage 3, Key stage 4

What to expect

Discover the impact that WW1 had on four people from the Isle of Wight. These include a cavalry officer fighting in France, a nurse treating the wounded in Egypt, an Isle of Wight Rifleman that fought at Gallipoli and his sweetheart who lived in Ryde. Learn about their wartime experiences through photographs, letters and diaries. Try on replica WW1 uniforms, handle original artefacts and create a classroom museum using the knowledge gained during the workshop. Explore the Castle’s Chapel – which is the Island’s WW1 memorial.

Original archives and artwork inspired by the workshop can be seen at:

Discover free activities to support your visit.

About Carisbrooke Castle Museum

The oldest museum on the Isle of Wight and housed within the former Governor’s House at the Castle, Carisbrooke Castle Museum was founded 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

Level: Key stage 2, 3 and 4

Curriculum links: History, geography, English

Availability: The availability of on-site workshops changes seasonally, workshops are available in school all year round and can be followed up by a free visit to the castle site.

Duration: 60-75mins

Pupil numbers: 32 (max) per workshop session (64 at the castle when the full site is open)

Cost: at the museum £4.00/pupil (min. £100); in school £110 for 1 class, £180 for 2 classes

This workshop is also available for delivery in schools.

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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