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Our 2015 Exhibition

'Around the Villages'

(Wroxall - Whitwell - Chale - Niton)

'Churches & Churchill'


Ventnor People

Transports of Delight

In Memory of World War 1

Ventnor and the Undercliff - A Time Line

Runs from April 4th to October 31st


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The Next Meeting

'Problems and Pitfalls of

Family History Research'


Judy Ballinger

will be on

Friday 31st July


The 'Masonic Hall' Grove Road

7.30 pm

Non members always welcome admission 1.50


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A Commemorative Plaque

Marking the 1849 residence of the

Victorian 'Punch' Cartoonist

'John Leech'

has been erected at

'Hillside Cottage' Bonchurch Shute


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Recent Acquisitions


The Museum's archives have been considerably enriched by the bequeathed acquisition of Fay Brown's indexed

'Card Information Files'

Information recorded over a lifetime of interest in Local History, preserved for posterity



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Following the Closure of 'Ventnor County Middle School',

the Museum acquired a collection of the School's photographs.

Housed in seventeen portfolios, the collection comprises in excess of seven and a half thousand

photographs mounted on over four hundred and fifty display cards.

Dating back to 1939 when the school was located in Leeson Road,

the photographs cover numerous aspects of school life, featuring among other things:

The Castle Kids

The 1957 opening of the New School

 Sporting and Leisure activities including Annual Shows and Music Festivals

Class and Leaver's photographs

Staff Socials

Construction and subsequent infill of the Swimming Pool

School Trips and Visits

The visits of the English Cricketer Colin Cowdrey and British Actor David Kossoff

Building Extensions, Refurbishments and Maintenance

The significant 'Lets Get Cooking' project.

To display the collection would require 230 square metres of display boards,

considerably more than the 40 square metres available in the Museum;

therefore the Museum has  embarked upon a program of digitization*

which when completed will enable the photographs to be viewed front-of-house on a digital monitor.



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Our latest In-house Publications

'Conflict and Conflagration'

The Story of the Ventnor Area in Times of War

Edited by

Violetta Vokes

is available priced 3.00


Our popular series of four

'Ventnor Town Trails'

are freely available


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A 2.6 mile Circular Walk


'Ventnor Downs'

(Pre-History to Cold War)


RAF Ventnor : Bronze Age Burial Barrows

Isle of Wight Rifles & Ventnor Station

Details of the walk arranged by Richard Downing in conjunction with the 'National Trust'

may be found here



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Please note 'Monthly Meetings' are now held at

The Masonic Hall

Grove Road - Ventnor


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'Ventnor & The Undercliff '

Which includes the villages of

Bonchurch, St.Lawrence, Niton, Whitwell & Wroxall

incorporating our best selling video from 2000

'Ventnor No Finer Place'

is available at various outlets priced 8.95


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Our Publication

'Ventnor, Isle of Wight '

The English Mediterranean


Michael Freeman

Tracing Ventnor's development as a Health and popular Holiday Resort

Sixty pages profusely illustrated

'Including a chapter on suggested walks'

is available at various outlets priced 9.50


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Please Note - Our current Email Address


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Used as a collecting box for the RNLI this model of Noah's Ark stood for many years at Ventnor Station

Following the Stations closure in 1966 the model was exhibited at The Treasure House Museum in Godshill to be seen later at Woking and later still in Bristol

But where is it now ?

We have many enquiries regarding its location - Any information would be gratefully appreciated