The Friends of Carisbrooke Castle Museum is a small charity, which has worked for over 60 years to support the aims and activities of the Trustees of the Museum. Most of our 250 members live locally.
What do we do?
We hold regular talks, meeting in the Museum ten times a year. These are varied in content but generally reflect the members’ interests in local history, social and art history. Fifty people usually come along each month.
We run raffles, draws, book sales, attend fetes, put on occasional events such as special daytime lectures, wine tasting, coffee mornings and an annual draw. We also aim to promote the public awareness of the Museum.
How does this help the Museum?
We are a separate charity to the Museum, allowing us to raise funds for special projects in a variety of ways. In recent years our fundraising has become increasingly important to maintain the Museum.
What have we provided for the Museum?
- computer equipment and software to update the Museum’s systems
- funding for projects such as the collecting boxes and games in the Museum, raising vital revenue
- items for the collection, including the Princess Elizabeth Stuart Papers, an 1863 Island child’s diary and funding towards a full set of prints of Isle of Wight scenes by Thomas Walmesley from the early 1800s
- help when required with funds towards setting up new exhibitions
The Friends do not organise any work at the museum. We do not help
directly in the museum but many Friends belong to the team of
volunteers, organised and supervised by the museum staff, who help with
a variety of hands on tasks behind the scenes and front of house at the
museum, photographing items for the Historic Images website and many other tasks as required.
There are a number of benefits in joining the Friends. Membership includes:
- interesting talks at the Museum throughout the year
- a pass to allow access to the Museum gives you access to the Castle without entry fee at all times when the Castle is open to the public
- the option of using the Museum’s library, where we have an extensive collection of books relating to the Island and its history
How can I join the Friends?
There are three available options to join the Friends:
- download the Membership form(PDF) – please print and return by post
- come along to a meeting and join as you sign in – the regular meetings are normally on the third Wednesday of the month (except January and August)
- download the Standing Order form (PDF) – a small number of Friends pay by Standing Order or Direct Credit
For further advice, please contact Lin Watterson (Friends Secretary):
Can I use Gift Aid?
The repayment of income tax via Gift Aid has provided a substantial increase to the funds that we can use for improvements the Museum. Please do sign up for Gift Aid if you are able to:
- download the Gift Aid form (PDF) – please print and return by post
All events listed below take place in the Great Hall at the Museum (unless otherwise stated).
Programme of talks for 2018 – 2019
All meetings start at 7.30, gate opens at 7.15pm
If you would like to bring a friend, non-members are welcome to come as visitors and we ask them for a minimum donation of £3 per visit.
March 20th 2019 Talk Vicky Basford: 130 Years of the Isle of Wight Garden Trust
Programme of talks for 2019 – 2020
Apr.17th. 2019 Ruth Waller.
Learn how our ancestors lived within the
Island’s Landscape from 400,000 years ago to
the Iron Age.What clues have they left behind
May 15th Corina Westwood.
Introduction to Museum of Island History highlighting
the items on display that tell the story
of some of the shipwrecks off the Island coast.
June19th. Richard Smout.
Coughs and Sneezes. A look at what the
archives tell us about historic public health
issues on the Island, outbreaks of diseases and
how we have tried to contain them.
Jul 17th. John Matthews.
The Domination of Newport by the Pittis
August NO MEETING
Sept 18th. Ann Evans.
Life in Roman Britain.
Oct 16th. Mitch Jones
A former Yeoman Warder of the Tower of
London tells us about Prisoners and their
Nov 20th. Warren Riches
Our local auctioneer (as seen on Flog It) will
talk about his role as auctioneer and will value
ONE item per person.
Dec 11th. Christmas Social
Please note the date : entertainment to be
January – NO MEETING
Feb 19th. 2020 AGM then: Looking ahead
to the next year in the museum.
Mar. 18th Keith Marston. Photographs
of the Isle Of Wight through the seasons.
You can read the latest Friends’ newsletter here.