Ventnor Heritage Centre

"To make the past present, to bring the distant near . . . to call up our ancestors before us with all their peculiarities of language, manners, and garb, to show us over their houses, to seat us at their tables, to rummage their old-fashioned ward-robes, to explain the uses of their ponderous furniture . . . " Thomas Babington Macaulay describing what the study of history can do (written in 1828)

Ventnor Heritage Centre

Museum opening times:

Summer:
May to October: Monday to Friday  10 am-4 pm; Saturday 10 am-12.30 pm
Winter:
November to April: Saturday mornings, 10 am-12.30 pm

Address: 11 Spring Hill, Ventnor, PO38 1PE

Location, map and visitor information
More about the Museum
Current displays

Ventnor Heritage Centre was set up to record and preserve the history of the town and surrounding villages, and to share it with the community and with visitors to the town.

You can the search box on this page to explore the information available here on the website, come and visit us, or join the conversation on our Ventnor Heritage Centre Facebook group. If  you live locally and enjoy local  history you might be interested in joining our team of volunteers who run and manage the Ventnor Heritage Centre – we would be very pleased to see you.

The Heritage Centre is the home of Ventnor & District Local History Society – find out more here.


Exhibitions, stories, images . . .

The Old Vicarage used to stand overlooking Ventnor Cascade.  It was bought by the Ventnor Urban District Council in 1929 for public use, and renamed the 'Winter Gardens'.  The upper floor served refreshments, and entertainments included open air concerts and dances. In 1936 the Vicarage was demolished and replaced with a new art deco building, which was run by the Council and periodically let to tenants. The new dance hall/concert hall had a magnificent sprung floor which could accommodate a thousand dancers, and many of the biggest bands of the time played at the 'Ventnor Winter Gardens', which at one time was known as 'Cascadia'.  

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