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 info@ventnorheritage.org.uk 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 . . .

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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