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 and District Local History Society |

Ventnor and District Local History Society

Researcher Jeff Mazo in the archive room

Ventnor and District Local History Society covers Ventnor and the Undercliff, from Luccombe in the East to Chale in the west, including the inland villages of Whitwell, Wroxall and Godshill.

Monthly meetings and talks:
We hold popular monthly meetings, which are open to the public,  with guest speakers covering a wide range of local history subjects (see Monthly Meetings).

Membership:
We welcome new members, so please get in touch if you are interested in the local history of our area, and would like to get involved.  Annual membership runs from January to December and costs £10.

Membership fees:
These can be paid in person at the Heritage Centre, or by bank transfer (contact us for details),  or by post (please make cheque  out to VDLHS and send, along with your name, address and email to: Membership, Ventnor Heritage Centre, 11 Spring Hill, Ventnor PO38 1PE

Our archives:
Our collection contains photographs, prints, documents and artefacts, which are used to create displays and exhibitions in the museum. We also hold the Local History Indexes compiled over many years by the late Fay Brown.

Research:
The database listing items in our collection is available to search in the Heritage Centre, and our volunteers are happy to undertake research enquiries for visitors. There is no charge for this, but donations are very welcome, and are used for our conservation programme and to help us to preserve our collection.

Publications:
We publish free newsletters for members three times a year, and provide a weekly local history page in the local paper, the ‘South Wight Chronicle’. Local history publications, many of them written by Society members, are available for sale in our museum shop,

Photographs and prints:
We have now embarked on a programme of digitising our collection to prints to preserve it for future generations. Some of the digital images have been used on this website, and we are adding more material all the time. If you would like higher resolution copies of any of the images here for publishing purposes please contact us. We can also provide prints for personal use for a small fee to cover admin costs.

 

[The Society is a Registered Charity No 286848]

 


Exhibitions, stories, images . . .

New Publication: The French Attack on Portsmouth, 1545

In the summer of 1545, King Henry VIII, already at war with France, heard that the French might soon attack him in England. Portsmouth was a target, along with the Isle of Wight.  This booklet on the battle, researched and written by C.T. Witherby (author of The French Attack on Bonchurch 1545) was never published in his lifetime. Vi Vokes, who has now prepared it for publication, introduces it: Since the raising of the Mary Rose a great deal has been written and published about her. This booklet, however, is about just one of the attacks on the Isle of Wight. Hopefully, for visitors to the Island it will provide something of interest between the Romans and buckets and spades; and for those who live here the thoughts of what happened in their backyards.

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