Ventnor Heritage Centre

"To Collect, Record and preserve the rich heritage and history of Ventnor and surrounding villages, and share it with local and wider communities"

Ventnor Heritage Centre

Opening times 2022:
We are pleased to announce that the Heritage Centre and Museum will be open from Wednesday 4 May, three mornings each week:
Wednesday: 10 am – 1 pm
Thursday: 10 am – 1 pm
Friday: 10 am – 1 pm

Contact us

Society monthly meetings:
We are delighted to announce that our popular monthly meetings, will be resuming in June, with Andy Butler and Alan Clark presenting A Naturalist’s Lockdown on 24 June click here for details and full programme.

See our News page for information about Society events and to read our weekly local history article.

New in our online shop:
Our latest publication is a new and expanded edition of George Roland Haynes’s It Used To Be Like This, the classic memoir of life in Niton Undercliff in the early 1900s click here for more details or visit the online shop to see all the titles available.

Ventnor & District Heritage on Social Media:
Our Facebook group is a place for lively discussion with lots of local knowledge, and you can see videos of some of our museum displays on our YouTube Channel.

About the Local History Society:

Ventnor & District Local History Society was established in 1980 to record and preserve the history of our area. In 1987 the Society bought 11  Spring Hill and established the Ventnor Heritage Centre,  with space for a museum as well as room to store our collection of photographs, documents and artefacts.   We undertake research, publish books on the local history of our area, and hold popular monthly meetings.  Click here to see more about the Society, or use the menu on the left of the page to find out more about what we do. If you are interested in joining the Society please get in touch –  we welcome new members.

Working in the archive room


The Ventnor and District Local History Society and the Heritage Centre are entirely managed and run by volunteers.  We welcome gifts of items and documents of local interest which can be added to our collection, but please contact us first with details as we are not always able to accept donated items at present.  We are always grateful for financial donations which are used to conserve items in our archives.


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