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 Update

We regret that due to the current situation Ventnor Heritage Museum is now closed to the public until at least the end of June. Society meetings are also suspended until further notice and  publications can no longer be ordered online.  However our usual Society work continues ‘behind the scenes’ , our online shop is open for publications,  and we can be contacted as usual on or via our Ventnor & District Heritage Facebook Group.

Local History to help you through the long days!

We are working to make some of the stories and from our Archives available here – it’s work in progress, but please check here and see what is available so far: From Our Archives.

The 75th Anniversary of the end of the Second World War

Our main exhibition this year traces the story of life in the Ventnor area during WW2.  Since we are unable to welcome visitors to the Museum to see it, we have created a video of the exhibition, which is available here for you to enjoy. Click on the image below to go to the video. We would welcome any comments or stories of your own – please do contact us.

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.  Our website enables us to share articles, stories and information more widely – please use the search  box at the top of this page to explore our pages.

Address: 11 Spring Hill, Ventnor, PO38 1PE

If  you live locally and enjoy local  history you might want to join the Society or  become one of our team of volunteers who run and manage the Ventnor Heritage Centre – we would be very pleased to see you.

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 . . .

The Globe Inn

The Globe Inn stood at 63-67  Ventnor High Street, on part of the site that is now the Central Car Park.  It dated from at least the 1840s, and there is mention of Chartists meeting in a large room at the hotel at about that time. Badly damaged in a 'hit and run' bombing raid in 1942,  it was demolished in 1943.