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The Picturesque Landscapes of Thomas Walmesley

A chance to learn more about the Museum's recent acquisition of twelve large framed Isle of Wight prints. The Friends of Carisbrooke Castle Museum have arranged for Professor Robin McInnes OBE FRSA to speak on Wednesday November 27th in the Lower Gallery of the Museum.

Gate opens from 10:30, the presentation will be from 11:00 to 12:00. After light lunch, which is included in the ticket price of £7, the rest of the Museum, including the retained John Milne exhibition, will be open to guests.

Tickets are available from the Museum or The Secretary, Friends of Carisbrooke Castle Museum, on 01983 528921 or e-mail Lin Watterson:

Winter Talks: Programme for Winter 2013–14

Illustrated talks giving opportunities to find out more about the Museum and its collections, with complimentary refreshments in the medieval Great Hall.

Toys from the Past
Revisit your childhood through our exhibition of toys and games from the past. View the treasures of earlier generations of children. Try your skill with some reproduction traditional toys. Talk and demonstration by Rosemary Cooper, former Curator.
Tuesday 3rd December 2–4pm £8.00 a ticket

A Georgian Tour of the Isle of Wight
Find out about travel for visitors in Georgian times, and view watercolour paintings from this period by John Nixon not currently on display. Talk by Bob Longton, Museum Custodian.
Tuesday 21st January 2–4pm £8.00 a ticket

Princess Beatrice: Royal Governor
View the former apartments of Princess Beatrice, youngest daughter of Queen Victoria, and discover more about the life of this royal governor of the Isle of Wight. Talk and tour by Sarah Lang, our Curator.
Wednesday 26th February 2–4pm £8.00 a ticket

King Charles I: Royal Prisoner
View the King’s prison apartments, find out about his life as a captive, see his secret correspondence and hear about his escape plans. Talk and tour by Rosemary Cooper, former Curator.
Tuesday 18th March 2–4pm £8.00 a ticket

For further details and to book your places, please ring 01983 523112 or e-mail

Booking is essential as places are limited

Earth-Shattering Science: John Milne 2013

The Japanese Ambassador has visited the Isle of Wight to officially open an exhibition celebrating the life and work of seismologist, Professor John Milne who retired to the Island in 1895.

His Excellency, Mr Keiichi Hayashi visited Carisbrooke Castle Museum on Monday 15 April to open the exhibition which is being held to commemorate the centenary of Milne’s death in 1913.

The museum holds many artefacts relating to Professor Milne and his study of seismology, both on the Island and in Japan – where he was based for the majority of his career.

Images: Michael Dunkason

Professor Milne invented the horizontal pendulum seismograph, a device that changed the way earthquakes were predicted and measured. His work led to him being decorated by the Japanese Emperor with the medal of the Order of the Rising Sun, and given the title of Emeritus Professor of Seismology at Tokyo University, where he worked for 20 years.

Judi Griffin MBE JP DL, chairman of trustees at Carisbrooke Castle Museum, said: “We are honoured that Mr Hayashi has accepted our invitation to open our exhibition which celebrates the life of Professor Milne, who contributed so much to our understanding of seismology and who lived on the Island for 20 years until his death. It was a pleasure to show him around the museum which cares for hundreds of artefacts relating to Milne’s work”.

The exhibition is open at weekends, 10am - 3.45pm, from October 31st 2013 to March 16th 2014. Admission is included with the entrance fee to the Castle.

2013 programme of Museum Study Days

Museum study days are arranged to give local people opportunities to find out more about the museum and its collections. 

Places can now be booked for the Autumn 2013 study day programme:

Saturday 14th September  10.30am - 1pm

Welcome to the Wonderful World of Waistcoats - a history of waistcoats. An illustrated talk by Harriet C. Robinson, including waistcoats in our museum collections.

Saturday 19th October 10.30am - 1pm

Isle of Wight Seismologist's Centenary Celebrated Worldwide. A talk by Patrick Nott on the Role that local records have played in promoting the Milne centenary year.

Saturday 23rd November 10.30am - 1pm

Isle of Wight Landscape Painting on Spode Porcelain Inspired by George Brannon's Vectis Scenery. An illustrated talk by Nigel T. Cooke featuring editions of Vectis Scenery from our Museum Library.

All tickets are £7.00. For further details and to book your place please email or call 523112.  BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL as places are limited. The charge includes admission to the castle to attend the session.

Select Views of the Isle of Wight and Environs

The prints: ‘Select Views of the Isle of Wight and Environs’, published by James Daniell and Son 1800-1815 are the framed collection of an anonymous vendor.  The views illustrate the Island as a ‘Picturesque Landscape’ and represent an important stage in the evolution of Island landscape art.  The Trustees of Carisbrooke Castle Museum are raising funds to keep these important prints on the Isle of Wight.  To date £1286 of the £3,000 required (the Trustees are applying for grant funding for the balance) has been raised.


The Library

Carisbrooke Castle Museum began to acquire local books for its library when it was founded by Princess Beatrice more than a century ago. The collection now comprises about 2,500 books and leaflets, ranging in date from the 17th century to the 21st,  including directories, guide-books, topographical books and publications on local history themes. There are a good number of titles relating to Charles I, some of which date from the 17th century. Most of the books have been acquired as gifts, often as bequest from local collectors. Particularly significant is the Guy and Zirphie Parsloe Collection.

Researchers are very welcome to use the museum library. Please contact the museum in advance to arrange a suitable date and time. Some books may be borrowed for a limited time at the discretion of the curator or librarian.