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Isle of Wight History Digital Explorer Maps

Welcome to the Isle of Wight History Digital Explorer Maps collection.

Students can use our interactive maps in the classroom or at home to dive into the history of our fascinating Island through objects and stories looked after by Isle of Wight museums. We have created a map for each one of our programme themes to support curriculum-based learning for KS2 and KS3 students. They can be used as standalone resources for refreshing and consolidating existing knowledge, as a complement to museum field trips (Covid-19 permitting), and eventually as part of the Isle of Wight Museums and Schools Programme currently under development on this website.


The Explorer Maps

Before 1066 Explorer

1700-1900 Explorer

Science Island Explorer

Global Island Explorer

Each map comes with an introductory short film, a suggested activity quiz for students to complete, and lesson planning information for teachers (see below). All these resources can be downloaded or (for the maps) linked using URLs into your school’s own learning environment.

These maps are a new learning approach developed in partnership with The Earth Museum. We welcome your feedback as you use these resources so we can continue to develop and enhance their learning impact in the classroom.

Students will need access to up-to-date computers/ tablets and internet browser (ideally Chrome or Edge), and good WiFi connection. We have also produced a more traditional table-top card activity for the classroom (to be used with a good map of the Isle of Wight) for those times when you don’t have great digital access! These are available for download in the Accessories section.


Lesson Plans



The Isle of Wight Museums and Schools partnership is funded by Arts Council England and the Department of Education. It is part of the Isle of Wight’s Cultural Education Partnership and involves seven great museums on our wonderful Island: Brading Roman Villa, Carisbrooke Castle Museum, Classic Boat Museum, Dimbola Lodge Museum and Gallery, Museum of Island History, Newport Roman Villa and the Shipwreck Centre.