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:

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

Address: 11 Spring Hill, Ventnor, PO38 1PE

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 the search box on this page to explore the information available here on the website, come and visit us, or join the conversation on our Ventnor Heritage Centre Facebook group. If  you live locally and enjoy local  history you might 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 . . .

Ventnor Fire Brigade c 1905

Ventnor Fire Brigade in about 1905.  The young lad second from the right is  John 'Jack' Jenkins, who at the time of this photograph was the brigade's call-boy. He was killed in action in Palestine with the IW Rifles on 2 November 1917.  The photograph, which belongs to the Isle of Wight Fire Brigades Federation, has a full list of the names in the picture, as follows: 'By the horses' - Mr Milligan and son, posting master. Back Row; Billy Atkins (driver), Bob Spencer, Harry Grey, Frank Beavis, Arthur Young. Middle Row; Jim Wheeler, George Pearson,  Harber, Bill Bannister. Front Row; Stan Harber, Foreman Charlie Jenkins, Captain Pearson, Bill Pearson, Tom Coleman (caretaker), Jack Jenkins (call boy), Harry Humphreys (caller).