Schoolchildren celebrate the return of rare treasures to the Island

By IW Galleries Mar 14, 2020

An invasion of a special kind arrived at Carisbrooke Castle recently as more than 300 schoolchildren descended on the grounds.

The Isle of Wight youngsters were there to learn more about their Anglo-Saxon ancestors as part of a two-day living history event to celebrate the new Anglo-Saxon Treasures exhibition that is now showing at Carisbrooke Castle Museum.

The students, from eight Island schools, took part in a range of activities to bring the exhibition items to life, including dressing up in period costumes, handling replica artefacts, listening to traditional Anglo-Saxon stories and myths – and watching a thrilling Viking/Saxon battle.

The event was organised by the Isle of Wight Council’s Heritage Education Service and English Heritage and heled to celebrate rare treasures returned to the Island from the British Museum.

Included in it are some artefacts excavated from Chessell Down in the 1850s which had been held by London’s British Museum. Other items excavated from the site of Carisbrooke Castle and the Anglo-Saxon period.

The exhibition, which is now on display, is funded by the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund.