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 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 & District Heritage Group on Facebook. 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 Carnivals

Ventnor’s first carnival in 1889 was a torchlight procession of ladies and gentlemen in fancy dress, followed by a Masquerade Ball. It was such a success that it became an annual event, attracting crowds of thousands. So each August, the town comes to a standstill to enjoy a parade of music and elaborate costumes with tableaux created by local groups and businesses, and a Carnival Queen chosen for the year and paraded round the town with her retainers. However there has always been another, more subversive side to 'Carnival’. Those taking part can step outside their day to day lives and turn the world upside down, dressing up, assuming different characters, and poking fun at established order and authority. It is a feast of dressing up, foolery, and music, perhaps best symbolised by the much loved Ventnor Comic Jazz Band.

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