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"

The 75th anniversary of the end of WW2 |

The 75th anniversary of the end of WW2

Victory in Europe Day (VE Day) on 8 May 1945 marked the end of the Second World War in Europe, and was celebrated around Britain, although the war was not finally over until August that year, when Japan surrendered after the bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima.

Our main exhibition in the Museum this year marks the 75th anniversary of the ending of the war, giving a taste of what life was like in the Ventnor area during that time.  Sadly, we cannot welcome visitors to the Museum at the moment, due to Covid 19, so we have created a video of the main exhibition and made it available below.  We are also putting together a collection of stories and articles about life in our area during WW2, which will be available here shortly.  If you have stories, pictures or memories of those days, please do contact us – we would be very pleased to hear from you.

The exhibition The 75th anniversary of the end of World War Two was created by Michael Freeman, and the video version here was produced by MrAlexTech.

 


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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