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

About the Heritage Centre:

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

Ventnor Heritage Centre was established in 1987 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. Our website enables us to share this history more widely: please use the search  box at the top of this page to explore the information we are making available here.  You can also join the conversation on our Ventnor & District Heritage Group on Facebook.  If  you live locally and enjoy local  history you might also 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, established in 1980.

Working in the archive room

Donations:

The Ventnor Heritage Centre and the Ventnor and District Local History Society 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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