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.

Check our ‘News’ Page to read our popular weekly local history article.

Shop online:
Our online shop has been redesigned to make it easier to use – click here to browse what’s available, including our new 2021 Calendar.

Local History Articles:
Our weekly  local history articles are available weekly on our News pages, and past articles (2015 -2020) are gradually being made available on our Local History Articles page.

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

Donations:

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 . . .

Ventnor Bay in the 1890s

The spectacular sight of Ventnor's ascending terraces in the early 1890s, as viewed from the pierhead. Bathing machines are lined up along the water's edge for this was a time when it was forbidden to enter the sea any other way. Machines were hired along with an attendant and a costume, the ladies segregated at some distance from the gentlemen.  

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