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Museums and Schools

About Museums and Schools

The Museums and Schools programme aims to enhance the links between local schools and museums. Since 2018 a partnership of museums and cultural organisations from across the Isle of Wight have engaged with local schools and developed a range of new workshop sessions, activities and resources to support heritage education in museums and schools.

Contact the Museums and Schools team:

The Museums and Schools programme is supported by Arts Council England and funded through the Department for Education.

Partners and Venues

Currently led by the Isle of Wight Council’s Heritage Service (whose venues include Newport Roman Villa and the Museum of Island History), the Museums and Schools Partnership also includes: Brading Roman Villa, Carisbrooke Castle Museum, Classic Boat Museum, Dimbola Museum and Galleries, the Isle of Wight Steam Railway, the Shipwreck Centre and Maritime Museum and the Isle of Wight Cultural Education Partnership.

The partnership has also worked in collaboration with others including local artists and organisations such as The Earth Museum and StoneCrabs Theatre.

Find out more about each of the museum venues and their offer.

Activities and Resources

The Museums and Schools partnership has developed a range of fun and creative activities which can be used to support learning before or after a visit to a museum site, or as a stand-alone resource. Explore some of the Island’s top museum treasures, get creative with artist-led videos or use your imagination with our storytelling prompts, plus lots of other activities.

Discover Isle of Wight History with our activities and resources. Designed for schools, these activities are also suitable for home educators and families.


Sent to all Isle of Wight schools, find the most recent Museums and Schools Newsletter here: