Ventnor Heritage Centre

"To make the past present, to bring the distant near . . . to call up our ancestors before us with all their peculiarities of language, manners, and garb, to show us over their houses, to seat us at their tables, to rummage their old-fashioned ward-robes, to explain the uses of their ponderous furniture . . . " Thomas Babington Macaulay describing what the study of history can do (written in 1828)

Ventnor Heritage Centre

Museum opening times:

Summer:
May to October: Monday to Friday  10 am-4 pm; Saturday 10 am-12.30 pm
Winter:
November to April: Saturday mornings, 10 am-12.30 pm

Address: 11 Spring Hill, Ventnor, PO38 1PE
email: info@ventnorheritage.org.uk

Location, map and visitor information
More about the Museum
Current displays and exhibitions

Ventnor Heritage Centre was set up to record and preserve the history of the town and surrounding villages, and to share it with the community and with visitors to the town.

You can use the search  box at the top of this page to explore the information available here on the website,  join the conversation on our Ventnor & District Heritage Group on Facebook,or  come and visit us.  If  you live locally and enjoy local  history you might also be interested in joining our team of volunteers who run and manage the Ventnor Heritage Centre – we would be very pleased to see you.

The Heritage Centre is the home of Ventnor & District Local History Society – find out more here.


Exhibitions, stories, images . . .

New Exhibition: A Godshill Life

Joy Draper was born in 1907 and lived in Godshill all  her life. This exhibition uses family photographs and her  own words to recall details of family life in the village during WW1, and how, after leaving school when she was thirteen she went into service at the Old Vicarage, working as a parlour maid there for ten years before her marriage.  This photograph shows a pigeon shooting competition - Joy's father Edward Thorne is seated on the left on the box.

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