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Undiscovered Lands: A Mapping Expedition to Ryde

The Earth Museum is coming to Ryde!

A mysterious band of time-travelling explorers has landed in Ryde and is adding content to our map about the town’s wonderful history! They are leaving a trail of clues along their route from landing at the beach and making their way up the hill along Union Street to the High Street.

We’re coming to visit during half-term week (25th – 29th October), so we can learn more about this great place from local people and local museums. Come and help us create a map that shares heritage stories and objects from Ryde with curious people across the world. Generously supported by Ryde Heritage Action Zone and Historic England.

Events in Ryde, 16th October – 7th November 2021

Mapping Workshops at AspireRyde

Come and help us plot the history of this great coastal island town. Drop in and find us at AspireRyde on the High Street (just up from the Co-op) to share your memories and find out more about what we do at The Earth Museum.

Plus discover stories from the wonderful local collections of the Museum of Ryde and the Isle of Wight Heritage Service, as shared by our guest mappers!

Watch our map develop in real time here.

We’ll be at AspireRyde on the High Street on the following dates and times:

Monday 25th October, 10-1230; 1330-4pm

Tuesday 26th October, 10-1230; 1330-4pm

Guest mapper: Richard Smout, Isle of Wight Heritage Services (with artefacts from the collections)

Thursday 28th October, 10-1230; 1330-4pm

Friday 29th October, 10-1230; 1330-4pm

Guest mapper: Brian Harris, Museum of Ryde

Follow our Explorers’ Heritage Trail

Follow in the footsteps of our time-travelling explorers and find the history clues they have left behind in shops scattered across Ryde.

Visit Ryde with your smartphone and follow the QR trail of clues in shops, starting at the pier end of Union Street heading up to Cross Street and the High Street. Enjoy the cafes and wonderful independent shops for supplies and Christmas present inspiration en route!

Of course, highways are busy places so it goes without saying that young people following the trail should be well supervised!

Can’t travel to Ryde at the moment? You can use our QR trail map to follow Mr Dan Thompson’s wonderful story online too.

This project is generously supported by:

Ryde Heritage Action Zone

Historic England


Historic Ryde Society and the Museum of Ryde

Isle of Wight Heritage Services

Beachcombers, Ryde

Framers, Ryde

Pickle & Dill, Ryde

Gibbs & Gurnell, Ryde

Cancer Research, Ryde

Her Whey, Ryde

WightSight, Ryde

Mountbatten Shop, Ryde

AgeUK, Ryde

Kids and Co. Clothing, Ryde

Salvation Army, Ryde

TaV Cycles, Ryde