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 Heritage Centre Monthly Meetings |

Ventnor Heritage Centre Monthly Meetings

We regret that due to the current situation Ventnor Heritage Museum is closed to the public at the moment and our Society meetings are also suspended until further notice.  However our usual Society work continues ‘behind the scenes’ and online and we can be contacted as usual on or via our Ventnor & District Heritage Facebook Group.

In normal times, we hold a monthly meeting for our members, with speakers covering a wide range of topics  focused on the history of Ventnor, surrounding area and the Isle of Wight. Meetings are very well attended, with often 50 people attending, and are held at the 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).




Exhibitions, stories, images . . .

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The wreck of the ‘Underley’

In September 1871, the fully rigged ship "Underley" set off from the Thames bound for Melbourne, but only two days later came to grief at Bonchurch. On the night of 25th/26th September she drove ashore in a south-easterly gale. On board were thirty passengers, the cargo included cotton goods, machinery and gunpowder.  All her passengers and crew were saved, except for a steward, a Mr Richard Tatton-Groves, who foolishly re-boarded the vessel, it is said to rescue his pet bird, and was washed overboard as the ship began to break up. This fine vessel became a total loss.