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Coming Soon! Step Back History Trail by Ryde Academy


Happening from Friday 19th August until Sunday 18th September 2022 around Ryde Town Centre.



You’ll need to pack a smart phone with QR scanning and mobile data, some good walking shoes, water and a few light snacks to keep you going!


Designed and created by Year 9 History students at Ryde Academy for The Earth Museum, and generously supported by Historic England and the Museum of Ryde.


Image: Museum of Ryde
Image: Museum of Ryde

Step back in history with the experimental trail created by Ryde Academy students for you to explore. They have been following the intrepid adventures of our time-travelling explorers, the Powell-Powell sisters, who first visited Ryde in October last year from their own present time in the 1930s. Along with their companions, Henry and Bennelong, the Powell-Powell sisters have discovered new artefacts and met new characters from across Ryde’s history who have shared their stories.

You can discover these artefacts and story fragments in various shop windows across Ryde town centre. Visit Ryde equipped with your smartphone and our online trail map. Spend an hour or so on a walk around Ryde streets, following our clues, scan our QR codes and find the stories.




You will need:

  • A mobile device with good mobile data and QR code scanning function
  • Access to our online trail map on your mobile device
  • Good walking shoes, water and light snacks
  • Suitable adult supervision for walking around town on a self-guided tour, if a young person

Details about the route will be made available nearer the time – keep an eye on this page for more details!


Produced by Ryde Academy Students for The Earth Museum, and made possible with the generous support of local shopkeepers, the Museum of Ryde and Historic England.


This is a self-guided trail. Your use of this trail is at your own risk which is operated on an ‘as is, as available’ basis. In no event shall The Earth Museum or its representatives be liable for any damages arising out of, or in any way connected with, the use of this trail.

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