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

Check our ‘News’ Page for events and to read our weekly Local History articles.

Covid-19: We regret that due to the current situation Ventnor Heritage Centre is 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 are making articles, pictures, exhibitions and other local history resources  available here on the website. We are still working ‘behind the scenes’ and can be contacted as usual on 

New Book:

Our new book Ventnor & the Undercliff: in search of lost time will be published this autumn.
Click here for more information.

Local History resources available here on our website:

One of the new exhibitions produced for 2020 marks the 75th Anniversary of the end of the Second World War, looking at  the way that the war intruded upon local lives over almost six years.   We are planning to make video versions of various exhibitions, including this one, available here while the Museum is closed, and some are available now on  Ventnor & District Local History Society YouTube 

Read More . . . 
Click here to read more about some popular local history topics like Steephill Castle, which used to be known as ‘The Queen of the Undercliff’.

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 . . .
Our latest news and copies of recent Local History Articles are posted in the ‘News’ section on the right hand side each page (on mobile or tablet click the dots at the top right of the page).

About the Heritage Centre
Ventnor & District Local History Society  was established in 1980 to collect, record and preserve the history of our area. The Society raised funds to buy premises for the Ventnor Heritage Centre in 1987,  providing space for a museum,  exhibitions and displays, as well as housing our Archive and Research Room.  Please click here to see more about our work in normal times, use the menu on the left of the page to find out more about what we do, 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 . . .

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.