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.
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, the Museum of Island History and Dinosaur Isle), 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, the Wight Aviation Museum, the Isle of Wight Bus and Coach Museum and the Isle of Wight Cultural Education Partnership.
The partnership has also supported other museums including Calbourne Water Mill and Rural Museum and has worked in collaboration with local artists and organisations such as The Earth Museum and StoneCrabs Theatre.
Visits and Workshops
Visit one of our inspiring historic sites and take part in one of our brilliant hands-on workshops. Delivered by experienced Museum Educators, many are also available to book in school.
You can find out more about each of the museum venues, download our current brochure or explore our online catalogue of museum workshops and visits. (The online catalogue can be filtered by location, key stage, theme or activity type using the filters on the right hand side of the page.)
Online 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 online activities and resources. Designed for schools, these activities are also suitable for home educators and families.
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