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

Covid-19: We regret that due to the current situation Ventnor Heritage Centre and Museum is currently closed to the public, and Society Meetings are suspended until further notice. We hope to welcome visitors back as soon as it is safe to do so, but meanwhile our online shop is open for publications and we can be contacted as usual on 

New Book:
Our new book Ventnor & the Undercliff: in search of lost time to be published in September is now available for pre-order. Click here for pre-order details.

Digital Exhibitions . . .
Click Digital Exhibitions to see the video version of VE Day, one of the new exhibitions produced for 2020; we are planning to make more of our exhibitions available here in this format.

Read More . . . 
Click here to read more about some popular local history topics.

From our archives . . .
Click here  to read back issues of our Local History articles published from 2015-2020, and to see some of the objects in our collection and read their stories.

News . . .
Latest news is displayed on the right (on mobile or tablet click the dots at the top right of this page).

About the Heritage Centre
Ventnor Heritage Centre is the home of Ventnor & District Local History Society, established in 1980 to collect, record and preserve the history of our area. The Heritage Centre itself was established in 1987,  providing space for a museum,  exhibitions and displays, as well as housing our Archive and Research Room.  Please use the menu on the left of the page to find out more about the Heritage Centre in normal times, and you can also  join the conversation on our Ventnor & District Heritage Group on Facebook.

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, and we are also grateful for financial donations which are used to conserve items in our archives.


Exhibitions, stories, images . . .

Exhibition: ‘Once upon a time there were trains’

Ventnor once had two railway stations. And for something like 100 years, trains were the primary means by which visitors arrived in the town. The main line came in via a long tunnel under St. Boniface Down. It linked the resort with Ryde and the towns along the east side of the Island. The second line came from Newport and Merstone, terminating at a station behind Steephill Castle. The photograph here is of a Beyer Peacock 2-4-0 tank loco on the turntable at Ventnor’s main station circa 1910.