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

The Almost Magic Lantern Show

We are delighted that our  Society meetings, suspended during the pandemic, have resumed, and the schedule for 2023 is given below.

Our monthly meetings feature speakers covering 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.

Date                   Speaker(s) and title of the talk

27 Jan 2023:    Alex Peaker The Geology and Paleontology of the Isle of Wight
24 Feb 2023:    Mark Luis Earp Prince Albert on the Isle of Wight
24 Mar 2023:   Society AGM
28 Apr 2023:    Gary Newman Intro to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Archive
26 May 2023:   Jeffrey Mazo Ventnor in Old Maps
30 Jun 2023:    Sally Kavenagh History of Godshill Grammar School
28 July 2023:   Paul Kingswell An Isle of Wight Postcard Collection
August:  No meeting
29 Sept 2023:   Richard Smout Passing the Time in the Undercliff
27 Oct 2023:     Andy Butler ‘The good old days’? Life on the Island not that long ago
24 Nov 2023:    Andy Butler and Alan Clark ‘The Almost Magic Lantern Show’
December:  No meeting

Meetings 2024 (January to July)

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 The 50s & 60s on the Island
31 May 2024:  Roger Silsbury, (title to be confirmed)
28 Jun 2024:  Paul Kingswell An A–Z of Isle of Wight Postcards
26 July 2024:  Mark Earp The Isle of Wight on Film & TV: Memories, Murder and Make-believe
August:  No meeting

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