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"

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From Our Archives

Artefacts from the Society Collection

We have a wonderful collection of artefacts – objects with a local history connection, almost all donated by members of the community.
Click here to see Artefacts from the Society Collection

Local history articles

We have been writing a weekly article for the South Wight Chronicle since 2015, when we took this job over from the late Fay Brown who had provided a local history page for many years.  The Chronicle (as it is known) has no on-line version, meaning that Society members and others who live on the ‘North island’ or even further afield were not able to read our articles, so we are publishing them here on our website, starting with those from 2015.

Click here for copies of our Local History Articles published in 2015

Click here for copies of our Local History Articles published in 2016

A small plea for support

We are managed and run by volunteers, and rely on Museum visitors, membership subscriptions, sales of our publications and donations for our income, so these are difficult times for us.  If you would like to support us please think about joining the Society (click the button below for more information) .

Join the Society

Or please just use the Donate button here to help us in our work of  preserving the rich heritage and history of Ventnor and surrounding villages and sharing it with local and wider communities. [The Society is a Registered Charity No 286848]




 


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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