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

About the Heritage Centre

Ventnor Heritage Centre is the home of Ventnor & District Local History Society, established in 1980 to collect, record and preserve the history of our area. The Heritage Centre itself was established in 1987,  providing space for a museum,  exhibitions and displays, as well as housing our Archive and Research Room.  Our website enables us to share articles, stories and information more widely – please use the search  box at the top of this page to explore our pages.

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

If  you live locally and enjoy local  history you might want to join the Society or  become one of our team of volunteers who run and manage the Ventnor Heritage Centre – we would be very pleased to see you.

You can also join the conversation on our Ventnor & District Heritage Group on Facebook.

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 . . .

Exhibition: ‘Once upon a time there were trains’

Ventnor once had two railway stations. And for something like 100 years, trains were the primary means by which visitors arrived in the town. The main line came in via a long tunnel under St. Boniface Down. It linked the resort with Ryde and the towns along the east side of the Island. The second line came from Newport and Merstone, terminating at a station behind Steephill Castle. The photograph here is of a Beyer Peacock 2-4-0 tank loco on the turntable at Ventnor’s main station circa 1910.

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