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 we are unable to welcome visitors to the Heritage Centre and our Society Meetings are suspended for the moment.  For more information click here: Covid-19 update.

Museum re-opening Summer 2021
We are now looking forward to welcoming Visitors to the Heritage Centre and Museum, and are working towards re-opening the Museum in June – we will update this information as soon as we have precise dates and times. Meanwhile we can be contacted as usual on  and articles and digitised exhibitions are available here on the website and on  Ventnor & District Local History Society YouTube

Ventnor and the Undercliff, In Search of Lost Time:
We are delighted to announce that our new book, Ventnor and the Undercliff, In Search of Lost Time – A journey in Pictures is now published and available to buy in our online shop. The 160 pages span the years from 1860 to 1950, with more than 180 black and white photographs accompanied by extended captions and narrative texts, including many personal memories from local people. Click here to visit the shop.

Local history articles:
Check the ‘News’ Page to read our popular weekly local history article, or browse articles from previous years.

About the Society:
Ventnor & District Local History Society  was established in 1980 to collect, record and preserve the history of our area, and we welcome new members. 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.

Ventnor & District Heritage on Social Media:
Our Facebook group is a place for lively discussion, lots of local knowledge and news of events.  You can message us direct, view volunteering opportunities and keep up-to date on our Facebook Page, and see videos of our local history articles and museum displays on our YouTube Channel.

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 . . .