Dinosaur Isle - Discover Experience Encounter
Upper Greensand at Gore Cliff

Health and Safety

We will try and make your visit as safe as we can but there are a number of things that you can do to help minimise risk. This page sets out some simple guidelines that we hope will make your visit more enjoyable. Please contact us if you need any further information.


Teachers are strongly advised to visit Dinosaur Isle prior to bringing their school. Schools should carry out their own risk assessments - a pre-visit is the best time to complete these. Teachers on pre-visits are admitted free, but please call us first so that our reception staff are aware you are arriving and can issue you with a parking permit if you arrive during the car-park charging season.

Risk identification

Teachers leading trips should carry out their own risk assessments, however we have identified a number of potential risks you may wish to take into consideration during your risk assessment.  These are listed on a set of risk assessments that can be downloaded from our Information webpage. During the visit the responsibility for children remains with the teachers.

Fire and evacuation

Teachers should familiarise themselves with the fire exits in the building.  During an alarm bells will sound, and red lights will flash, to alert staff and visitors that an evacuation is required.  The assembly point is in front of the museum on the grass strip between the front of the Canoe Lake and Culver Parade.  Teachers should be aware of the proximity of the road.  In the case of evacuation the lift must not be used.

First Aid

The museum has a number of staff trained in basic first-aid, however first aid treatment is the responsibility of the teacher leading the group.  Our staff room can be used for treatment within the building; please ask a member of staff.  Treatment may need to take place in the countryside if a school is away from the building - the school first aid kit should take account of this.  Please report any accidents to the Shop Manager, or the shop counter, for recording in the accident book.

Museum staff

All museum staff are cleared by the IW Council HR Department.  Education staff are standard CRB checked.  Staff will wear Dinosaur Isle uniform whilst with your group.  The lead guide will introduce any additional staff you meet whilst on your visit.  There may sometimes be Year 10/11 students on Work Experience or Teacher trainees with us.  We will identify them to you and your pupils; if you do not wish them to accompany the group whilst you are visiting please let us know at the time.  Our staff have available a number of orange high-visibility tabards for walking alongside roads, and to help you identify them when you are outside.


Our museum is a public place and is not closed during school visits. If your group is using our main Education Room it will be exclusively yours whilst you are in there.  Unattended bags should be reported to a member of staff.  Please do not touch the bags.


Dinosaur Isle is a local authority run museum. It is part of the Isle of Wight Council and is therefore covered by the Council's Public Liability and Employers Liability policy. This policy is renewed annually. As a guideline this policy provides an indemnity limit of £50M, via QBE Insurance Co. Ltd (from 1st April 2016).

Supervision and behaviour

Teachers and adults must remain with their pupils at all times, and to accompany them in case of an emergency (eg Fire evacuation).

Groups should have an appropriate number of accompanying adults; with younger, and SEN, groups having more adult supervision.

Pupils must not be left unattended.  We cannot take responsibility for groups of children without adequate supervision.  We reserve the right to turn away groups who arrive without enough staff.  Our museum staff are not here to look after pupils.

In our experience unsocial behaviour amongst school pupils is exceptionally rare, however we may ask groups to leave if they are affecting the safety, learning or enjoyment of others.  Teachers should have plans to deal with such an eventuality.

Lost pupils in the building should go to our Shop desk.  Please ensure teachers and staff are aware of this.  Whilst on the beach, or en-route, pupils should be kept together as a group and counted at appropriate points.

Code of behaviour

We want you to have an enjoyable time whilst you are with us, to learn as much as you can about the importance of the Island's dinosaurs and diverse geological heritage, and to go away inspired to learn more and then to come back. To do this you can help us by ensuring that your pupils take responsibility for treating our collections, building, staff, each other, other schools and members of the public with due respect.  Please help us by making sure your pupils follow the advice below:

No running or shouting in the museum.

Handle any objects with care and respect; be aware that some are heavy, awkward shapes and many are fragile. Most dinosaur bones are older than 120 million years and have had a tough life already!

Report any damage to a member of staff or the Shop desk.

Please do not climb on the exhibits, cases, display islands or furniture. Teachers and other adult staff should intervene if they see any dangerous or destructive behaviour.

Please return any borrowed materials (eg clipboards and pencils) at the appropriate places.

Pupils can help us at the end of a fossil-handling session by carefully collecting together and returning fossils to the benches. They should be placed near to any other object that looks similar, but if there isn't room then on any suitable clear space.

What to bring if you are going on a field trip

We suggest that if the school is going on a field trip that each child and adult be equipped with:

Sturdy footwear, preferably boots or old trainers.

Waterproofs, if rain is anticipated.

Clothing that does not matter if it gets dirty.

Warm clothing (eg woolly hats and gloves) during cold weather.

Sun-block and sun hats or caps during hot weather.

Bottled drinks during long trips in hot weather.

Small plastic bags for finds - pockets never quite hold enough!

One teacher should carry a first-aid kit and whistle.

Sturdy Footwear     First-Aid Kit     Bottled Drinks     Warm clothing     Sun Cream     Waterproof Clothing

On the beach

We have a few sensible safety guidelines:

Teachers and adult helpers must remain with the group at all times.

Please do not allow your students to climb cliffs. There may be a danger of rock falls.
Keep students in a group and do not allow them to wander off on their own.

Keep them away from the sea and any slippery rocks.

Please do not allow students to throw stones, or pick up exceptionally heavy rocks.  Some areas may be prone to broken glass - sharp fragments should be pointed out to the trip leader who may collect it for disposal.

Do not bring hammers. Extraction of fossils can be dangerous and will be done for you by museum staff. Do not touch any suspicious objects: alert your trip leader immediately.


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Dinosaur Isle,
Culver Parade,
Isle of Wight
PO36 8QA

Tel: +44 (0)1983 404344
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