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Museum & Tearoom:
7 days a week 10am-4pm

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Coach parties and large groups welcome, please book in advance. Our current group rate is £6.70 per person with an introductory talk Please contact for further information or to make a booking or call us on 01983 756 814.


We can offer the following:

  • Self-directed work sheets and fun trails
  • Dressing-up Room
  • Refreshments available

It may be possible to provide other activities such as a talk.  Please email

Museum & schools

The Museum and School programme aims to enhance the links between local school and museums. Since 2018 a partnership of museum and cultural organisations from across the Isle of Wight have engaged with
local schools and developed a range of new workshop sessions, activities and resources to support heritage education in museum and schools. Please click here for more info.

Dimbola’s museum & schools offer:
Julia Margaret Cameron and the Victorians (Upper KS1 and KS2)

Explore a fantastic example of a Victorian house and learn about the pinoeer Victorian photographer, Julia Margaret Cameron
and the famous people she photographed. Pupils will create a pop-up Victorian museum using a wide range of original artefacts to
bring to life four people that lived in the house and make links to Queen Victoria.

Students will complete a museum trail that will help them explore the house and the photographs of Julia Margaret Cameron.
Key information
Open for schools Year round by prior arrangement
Pupil Numbers Minimum: 15 / Maximum: 32
Costs Self-guided Tour (60mins): £2.00 / pupil
Workshop with facilitator (120mins): £150 flat fee
Free activities and resources to support your visit are available online:

Be Inspired

Julia’s work and legacy can provide a rich supply of inspiration for the study of art, photography and other subjects such as performance arts, creative writing or English literature. A visit to Dimbola can help explore topics from the history of portraiture, how art and photography have been inspired by poetry and literature and how artists and photographers engage with Art History. Dimbola is also a special place and its atmosphere has inspired many.

Get Involved

Dimbola can offer opportunities to learn new specialist skills and gain unique experiences. We work with schools to stage exhibitions of their students’ work and have hosted drama and musical productions inspired by Julia and the history of Dimbola.

We also offer a wide range of volunteering and work experience placements for students and young people interested in a variety of roles within the photographic and heritage sector, helping them to gain invaluable experience which they will be able to use when applying for university or employment.

While you’re in the West Wight

Why not combine a visit to Dimbola with another one of the fantastic activities and special places the West Wight has to offer? You can discover the cold war history of the rocket launch site at the Needles, take a hike up Tennyson Down in the footsteps of the great Poet, go on a fossil hunt on the beach and much more!

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