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Isle of Wight Big History Map

  • A maximum of 2 classes (70 students) can take part at your school
  • They can be any age from Key Stage 1 – Key Stage 3, and our lessons can be adapted across these age groups as described below.

You will need to follow five steps which are outlined below. We suggest you make time in your programme for 2 x 50 minute lessons plus a museum visit if possible for KS1 and early KS2 learners; 3-4 x 50 minute lessons plus a museum visit if possible for older learners. These lessons will have an emphasis on History, whilst also supporting learning outcomes in Geography, English, Computing, and Maths.

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Before you begin, participating teacher(s) will need to register on Create The Earth Museum. A voucher code giving 100% discount will be provided to school teachers participating in the project (maximum 2 per school). Please enquire with The Earth Museum if you have not received one and are a participant

Explore one of our Isle of Wight Digital Heritage Maps, using our suggested lesson plans and accessories for inspiration!

Choose from:

Isle of Wight Before 1066

Isle of Wight 1700-1900

Science Innovation Island

Global Island

War and Peace Island

500 Years of Island Childhood

Every student chooses an object to put on your school’s digital heritage map by either visiting one of 11 participating museums on the Island or using a digital heritage map. For their chosen object, they should complete an information gathering form.

NB You are eligible for a £150 contribution towards costs of a visit to any of the participating museums

Watch this short film for further guidance on how to complete the form.

Researching and Gathering Data

In the event of a museum visit, we recommend some time in the classroom to finalise drawings and text for each object for publication on your digital heritage map.

Choosing places and finding latitude and longitude:

Choose a place on the Island (or the world) where you would like to locate your object pin (perhaps where it was found or somewhere that could have been associated with its past use). Record its decimal latitude and longitude and write down the name of the place on your form. For further guidance on identifying latitude and longitude please watch this film from 5 minutes 11 seconds in.

Downloading and Preparing Spreadsheet

For younger learners, you may wish to work with them to add a place to their form but leave latitude and longitude to Step 4 for completion by the teacher.

Prepare your data spreadsheet onto Create The Earth Museum following the guidance provided in the following short films.

Preparing and Adding Images
Downloading and Preparing Spreadsheet

Check you have made all necessary alterations to the spreadsheet and it is ready to upload. Then upload it to Create The Earth Museum following the guidance provided in the following short film.

Creating Your Digital Heritage Explorer Map

Handy Hints

  1. Take your time to check the spreadsheet contents are completed and as you would like them to be published before uploading. If you need to make amendments once the Explorer is created, you will need to make the amends in your original spreadsheet, delete the current Explorer, and upload your spreadsheet again.
  2. Some spreadsheet software create a title in row 1 which prevents the pins from appearing on your Explorer. To avoid this, check that row 1 in your spreadsheet has the column title names in e.g. Latitude, Longitude, Object. If for any reason your pins do not appear on your Explorer when it is created, check your spreadsheet for this error and rectify.
  3. The Earth Museum is automatically notified when you upload a spreadsheet and create an Explorer map. We will check the content at this point for suitability to publish and then activate the option for you to publish either as password protected or fully public. You may also wish to keep it private.
  4. Terms and conditions for use of Create The Earth Museum can be found here.

If you need assistance at any stage in this process, please contact