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

Ventnor Heritage Museum opening times:

Wednesday: 10 am to 4 pm
Thursday: 10 am to 4 pm
Friday: 10 am to 4 pm
Important information for your visit

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

Ventnor Fringe Event: 
‘Ventnor: Cradle of the Russian Revolution’ – a walk in the footsteps of Russia’s political radicals, writers, and poets. More details.

Ventnor and the Undercliff, In Search of Lost Time:
Our recent major publication, Ventnor and the Undercliff, In Search of Lost Time – A journey in Pictures is available to buy in the Museum and in our online shop. The 160 pages span the years from 1860 to 1950, with more than 180 black and white photographs accompanied by extended captions and narrative texts, including many personal memories from local people. Click here to visit the shop.

Browse Local history articles:
We have been publishing a weekly local history article since 2015, and many of these are now available here.

Ventnor & District Heritage on Social Media:
Our Facebook group is a place for lively discussion, lots of local knowledge and news of events.  You can message us direct, view volunteering opportunities and keep up-to date on our Facebook Page, and see videos of our museum displays on our YouTube Channel.

About the Society:
Ventnor & District Local History Society  was established in 1980 to collect, record and preserve the history of our area,  The Society raised funds to buy premises for the Ventnor Heritage Centre in 1987,  providing space for a museum as well as housing our Archive and Research Room.  Although sadly our popular monthly meetings are suspended at the moment due to the pandemic, we are still working behind the scenes, and and we welcome new members. Please 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.

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 . . .