Carisbrooke Castle Museum reaches out to a broad range of audiences and communities in its mission to share its collections relating to the history of the Isle of Wight.

Museum Insights

The Museum organises a spring and autumn programme of Museum Insights. These aim to give opportunities for people to view specific Museum collections, interpreted by an expert in that field. Please see the events section at that time to see the current programme.

It is essential to pre-book your place as numbers are limited.

For more details or to book, please contact the Museum.

Winter Tours

From November to March, while the Castle and Museum are closed to the public on weekdays, the Museum offers guided tours and talks on Museum-related themes, on a pre-booked basis for groups and societies.

Please see the events section at that time to see our programme of themed tours and talks open to the public. These activities are widely publicised and numbers are limited, so booking is essential.

For more details or to book, please contact the Museum.

Off-site Talks

If you would like a speaker for a meeting of your group or society, the Museum has several volunteers who are experienced speakers and willing to do talks on a range of subjects in return for a donation to the Museum.  Click here for the range of talks available.

Please contact the Museum to be put in touch with the relevant speaker.

Outreach to Older People

With the support of Awards For All, the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Fund and Museum volunteers, the Museum has developed themed collections of objects, reflecting our social history material, specifically to enable people in residential care to enjoy access to their heritage. These collections provide a focus for activities in care and nursing homes and with community groups such as Alzheimer’s cafés, with a particular emphasis on reminiscence.

Outreach session with local group

A local Stroke Association group with a new outreach box on the theme ‘at home’

Click here to read interview extracts from the museum’s Island Memories Oral history project.