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
April 18th 2018 TALK Mark Earp Movements in Isle of Wight Architecture 1840- 1937
May 16th TALK and LIBRARY FUND-RAISER Lin Watterson & David Langford: Reg Denham’s War 1914-1918: Transcribed letters home and photographs from Reg, a Newport lad, to his family. Reg joined the Army Medical Corps in 1914 and saw action in France as part of the Hampshire and Wiltshire regiments. His letters home are full of interesting accounts of life at the Front. Books of the letters may be ordered in advance from Lin and purchased at the talk.
June 20th TALK Paul Bingham: Cigarette and Tea Card Collections.
July 18th TALK Vic Farrow : Backstage at Shanklin Theatre: the hidden life behind the scenes.
Summer OUTING. To be arranged June/July
August NO MEETING AT THE MUSEUM
August 14th 2018 COFFEE MORNING at Corf Farm, Shalfleet 10am – 12.00
September 19th TALK Mitch Jones: Life as a Yeoman Warder in the Tower of London: a chance to hear first hand about life in the Tower.
October 17th TALK: Dennis Steel Transatlantic Story: The history of the P&O line since 1840
Nov 21st TALK Alan Marriott: The History of the County Press
December 12th CHRISTMAS PARTY: The Lively Ladies. Entertainment with music and readings. Light buffet. Please bring a £3 donation per person and if you wish to bring a guest this will be £6 per person.
JANUARY 2019 NO MEETING THIS MONTH. SUBSCRIPTIONS ARE DUE FROM JAN 1ST 2019
February 20th – 2019 AGM followed by a TALK by June Elford: Rascals, Rogues and Strumpets: a more scandalous side of local life in the past!
March 20th 2019 Talk Vicky Basford: 130 Years of the Isle of Wight Garden Trust
You can read the latest Friends’ newsletter here.