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

Contact us

Ventnor Heritage Museum opening times

Autumn/Winter 2021:
5 November to 17 December: Fridays only (10 am – 4 pm)
Important information for your visit

Current volunteer opportunities:
We are always looking for new volunteers to help with the work of the Society. Whatever your background and interest, there is sure to be something you can contribute – please click here for a list of current opportuinities.


See our News pages for more information about Society events and to read our weekly article on local history.

New publications in our online shop

Our 2022 Society Calendar and Christmas card are now available in our online shop, along with our most recent book, Ventnor – a brief history which offers an introduction to the Ventnor area and features some famous landmarks that have now disappeared, including Ventnor Pier, the two railway stations, Steephill Castle, and the Royal National Hospital.
Click here to visit the shop.

Browse Local history articles:
We have been publishing a weekly local history article since 2015, and many of these are now available here.

Ventnor & District Heritage on Social Media:
Our Facebook group is a place for lively discussion, lots of local knowledge and news of events, and you can see videos of our museum displays on our YouTube Channel.

About the Society:

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 as well as housing our Archive and Research Room.  Although sadly our popular monthly meetings are suspended at the moment due to the pandemic, we are still working behind the scenes, undertaking research, publishing books and working on the digitisation of our collection.  Please get in touch if you would like to get involved in our work we welcome new members. Please click here to see more about the Society, or use the menu on the left of the page to find out more about what we do.

Society monthly meetings:
We regret that our monthly Society Meetings are still suspended for the moment.

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, but please contact us first with details as we are not always able to accept donated items at present.  We are always grateful for financial donations which are used to conserve items in our archives.


Exhibitions, stories, images . . .