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 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.  The Society is based in the Ventnor Heritage Centre.

Covid-19 Update: We regret that due to the current situation Society meetings are suspended until further notice, the Ventnor Heritage Centre is closed to the public.  However our usual Society work continues ‘behind the scenes’, our online shop is open for publications,  and we can be contacted as usual on info@ventnorheritage.org.uk or via our Ventnor & District Heritage Facebook Group.

Monthly meetings and talks (currently suspended):
The Society holds popular monthly meetings, which are open to the public,  with guest speakers covering a wide range of local history subjects.

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, or simply support us. Annual membership runs from January to December and costs £12.  Click here for information about becoming a member.

Our Collection:
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.

‘From our Archives’:
We are starting to make some material From our Archives’ available here on our website, starting with back issues from our Local History Pages.

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  newsletters for members 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 and online.

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.

Donations:
We are entirely managed and run by volunteers, and welcome donations to  help us to collect, record and preserve the rich heritage and history of Ventnor and surrounding villages and share it with local and wider communities.





Exhibitions, stories, images . . .

Ventnor Bay in the 1890s

The spectacular sight of Ventnor's ascending terraces in the early 1890s, as viewed from the pierhead. Bathing machines are lined up along the water's edge for this was a time when it was forbidden to enter the sea any other way. Machines were hired along with an attendant and a costume, the ladies segregated at some distance from the gentlemen.  

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