Celebrate Island heritage for free this Christmas

The Museum of Island History at Newport Guildhall will be opening free of charge on Saturday 8 December, between 10am and 2pm.

Visitors will be able to have their archaeological finds identified, and gain advice from conservator Dr Paul Simpson on the conservation and storage of their historic items.

Smaller guests can also make a free badge or Christmas decoration inspired by the winter collections of the heritage service. If you are stuck for ideas for Christmas gifts, there will be local books and gifts for sale in the museum shop.

The day has been organised by the Isle of Wight Council’s Heritage Service.

“I would like to invite residents and tourists alike, especially if they have never been before, to come and visit the Museum of Island History on the free open day and take the chance to find out more about any items of archaeology that they may have found, for free,” said Richard Smout, heritage service manager.

“We have put together some extremely interesting exhibitions, activities and events that people of all ages can enjoy during this festive event.”