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Ryde is a town rich in social history with much evidence of its Georgian origins and Victorian development. Any walk around Ryde is informative, interesting and inspirational.
Ryde Social Heritage Group is committed to helping people learn about the history of our town and its people.
Below you will find educational resources developed by members of Ryde Social Heritage which you are welcome to use. If you use any of our resources please acknowledge the work of Ryde Social Heritage Group and help us to publicise this website and our work by linking back www.rshg.org.uk.
For Risk Assessments please scroll down to the bottom of the page.
GUIDED TOURS OF RYDE CEMETERY and ILLUSTRATED TALKS
If you have a group that would like to visit Ryde Cemetery and learn more about the rich history of the town Ryde Social Heritage Group would be pleased arrange for one of our members to give you a guided tour and to host your visit.
We also have members who are able to visit other groups and meetings to give illustrated talks on various aspects of Ryde's history.
For more details please contact us here.
What better place to start than Ryde Cemetery dating from 1840. Ryde Social Heritage Group has produced a range of information and trail leaflets for the cemetery as well as resources for primary schools.
Many of the children’s activities can be run by school staff and if you wish to use the Cemetery Heritage and Learning Centre or have workshop leaders we can arrange this. Contact us here.
Here is a report about a class from Dover Park school that spent a whole day at the cemetery and had all their lessons there. (To return to this page after you have read the report, please click the back button on your browser)
The Heritage and Learning Centre in Ryde Cemetery has excellent facilities including a classroom with tables, chairs, small kitchen area, toilet, computer suite and plenty of information relating to the history of the Cemetery, the flora and fauna, the people buried there and about the history of Ryde town. There is also exhibition space to display work carried out by school groups.
Download some of the RSHG learning resource materials.
The 3-fold leaflets below are in pdf format and print double sided on A4 (borderless printing). To return to this page after viewing and printing the leaflets please hit the back button on your browser.
PRIMARY SCHOOL STUDIES IN RYDE CEMETERY.
There are plenty of opportunities for using Ryde Cemetery to cover all aspects of the Primary Curriculum.
When working with groups of children it is worthwhile naming each group after a particular person buried within the cemetery and with an interesting tomb/memorial and life story. Each group then has the extra activity of finding the grave of the person their group is named after and can do further internet research on this person afterwards. See links to information cards on suggested names.
- Thomas Dashwood (Single A4 sheet)
- Dr Benjamin Archer Kent (Single A4 sheet)
- Captain George Harris (Single A4 sheet)
All the resources below are in .pdf format and a pdf reader, such as Adobe, is required to open the files. You can download Adobe Reader free from here:
Cross Curricular Primary School Studies (A4 3-fold leaflet)
Ideas for Art Activities at Ryde Cemetery (A4 3-fold leaflet)
Ten ideas for Creative Writing at Ryde Cemetery (14 A4 sheets)
- Geography at Ryde Cemetery - Orienteering and Mapping skills (Single A4 sheet)
- Dead Good Maths- Introduction
- 1. Memorial Survey (4 sides of A4)
- 2. Grid References (2 sides of A4) map and Questions and Answers sheet
- 3. Measuring Angles (4 sides of A4) includes instructions, maps and record sheet
- 4. Path Measurement Exercise (2 sides of A4) instructions and map
- 5. Dates and Ages Exercise (3 sides of A4) instructions, map and spidergram
- 6. Symmetry and Tessellation (2 sides of A4) suggestions and ideas for sketching
- 7. Operaton and Management of the Cemetery and Health & Safety (2 sides of A4) general information
Victorian Studies at Ryde Cemetery (coming soon)
Symbolism at Ryde Cemetery (coming soon)
Ryde Cemetery and Wartime (coming soon)
RYDE HERITAGE AUDIO TRAIL
This is a walking tour of Ryde town centre and the Esplanade illustrated with historical detail selected from archives, devised and written by members of Ryde Socail Heritage Group. The trail includes a map with a suggested route and audio files can be downloaded to MP3 players and listened to at various points along the trail. The whole trail is accessible to mobility scooter users. If you are not able to undertake the trail you can still listen to the audio files on your computer.
For those who do not have the facility to listen to the audio files text versions are also available for free download.
For more information please click here.
ST THOMAS HERITAGE CENTRE, ST THOMAS STREET, RYDE
St Thomas’ Chapel of ease was built in 1719 by Thomas Player, lord of the manor of Ryde. At the time Ryde was in the parish of Newchurch and residents had to travel some six miles to attend the Parish Church. The chapel was replaced by St Thomas Church in 1872. The church was the family church of the Players and then the Brigstockes until the late 1950s. St Thomas Heritage Centre is currently owned and managed by the Isle of Wight Council, unfortunately it is rarely open to the public, although it can be hired by local community groups for suitable events. Its interior is fascinating to explore with many of the original Georgian and Victorian features still in place. The Centre is usually open to the public with workshops, concerts and exhibitions during Ryde Arts Festival week which takes place each summer, and for the Lantern Parade and Wreath Making workshops in December.
If you would like to visit St Thomas’ Church at another time, perhaps combined with a local town trail, Ryde Social Heritage Group can arrange this, give a guided tour and have workshop materials available should you require them.
Need some help with risk assessment forms? Ryde Social Heritage Group has produced some basic risk assessments for local area activities which cover most eventualities. They may be downloaded and adapted by you to suit your needs. They should be used in conjunction with any individual risk assessment required for specific children.
- Basic Risk Assessment for LocalArea Walk/ Town Trail
- Basic Risk Assessment for Visit to Ryde Cemetery
- Basic Risk Assessment for Visit to St. Thomas’ Heritage Centre, Ryde
Please contact us for further information.