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"

History Society Monthly Meetings |

History Society Monthly Meetings

We always look forward to seeing members (and visitors) at our regular monthly meetings, and the schedule for the first half of the coming year is given below.

Our speakers cover a wide range of topics focused on the history of Ventnor, the surrounding area, and the Isle of Wight. Meetings are very well attended, with often 50 people attending, and are held at the Yarborough Masonic Hall in Grove Road, Ventnor (just round the corner from the Heritage Centre).  All meetings start at 7.30 pm, and entry is free to members of the Society, while visitors are very welcome (visitor entrance fee £2.00). There no meetings in August or December.

Admission is free for members and £2 for non-members.

Meetings 2024 

Date                 Speaker(s) and title of the talk

26 Jan 2024:  Jeffrey Mazo Listening to the Enemy: Ventnor’s Wrens, Bletchley Park and the Secret War
23 Feb 2024:  Alan Clark The Island’s Unstable Coast
29 Mar 2024:  Society AGM
26 Apr 2024:   Andy Butler & Alan Clark Do you Remember? An Isle of Wight Scrapbook from 1950s to the Present Day (Part One)
31 May 2024:  Roger Silsbury (A look around the Undercliff in 1988)
28 Jun 2024:   Paul Kingswell Wanderings in the Isle of Wight – from Ventnor to St Lawrence
26 July 2024:  Mark Earp The Isle of Wight on Film & TV: Memories, Murder and Make-believe
August:  No meeting
27 Sept 2024:  Andy Butler & Alan Clark Do you Remember? An Isle of Wight Scrapbook from 1950s to the Present Day (Part Two)
25 Oct 2024:   Robin McInnes 250 Years of Undercliff Art
29 Nov 2024:  Paul Thompson RAF St Lawrence: An Archaeological Investigation
December:  No meeting


Exhibitions, stories, images . . .

Oh Day of Days! New Book and Exhibition

To commemorate the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings in June 1944, we are launching a booklet and exhibition highlighting Ventnor’s (and the Isle of Wight’s) role in the invasion and the experiences of local people. The Isle of Wight was closer to the Normandy beaches than any other part of Britain, and the Ventnor district hosted vital facilities such as the RAF radar station, a Royal Navy wireless interception station and the main radio station used for communication between the high command and the invasion forces.  The exhibition will be available from 5 June 2024, and features the logbook (supervisors’ diary) from RAF Ventnor covering 17 May to 12 June 1944, currently on loan to the Ventnor Heritage Centre. The new booklet, “Oh Day of Days!”  is available in the Heritage Centre, price £4.50, and our online shop, price £6.50 (including postage and packing).