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

The Museum is now closed for the winter, but we are still working, and happy to hear from all those interested in local history.  Our online shop is open as usual, publication of our weekly local history articles continues, and we can be contacted at with specific research or other inquiries.

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

Current volunteer opportunities:
We always welcome 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 opportunities.

Online shop:
Our most recent book, Ventnor – a brief history, 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.

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

About the Society:

Ventnor & District Local History Society was established in 1980 to record and preserve the history of our area. In 1987 the Society bought 11  Spring Hill and established the Ventnor Heritage Centre,  with space for a museum as well as room to store our collection.   Our popular monthly meetings are suspended at the moment due to the pandemic, but we are still undertaking research, publishing books and continuing the work of digitising our collection.  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. If you are interested in joining the Society please get in touch –  we welcome new members.

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 . . .