Ventnor Heritage Centre

"To make the past present, to bring the distant near . . . to call up our ancestors before us with all their peculiarities of language, manners, and garb, to show us over their houses, to seat us at their tables, to rummage their old-fashioned ward-robes, to explain the uses of their ponderous furniture . . . " Thomas Babington Macaulay describing what the study of history can do (written in 1828)

Ventnor Heritage Centre Monthly Meetings |

Ventnor Heritage Centre Monthly Meetings

The speakers cover a wide range of topics and focus on the history of Ventnor, surrounding area and the Isle of Wight. Meetings are very well attended and are held at the Masonic Hall in Grove Road, Ventnor, starting at 7.30 pm.  Entry is free to members of the Society,  visitors are very welcome, entrance is £2.00

Upcoming Meetings for 2019:

25th January              Robin McInnes                       The Most Painted Place – Bonchurch and the Isle of Wight School of Artists

22nd February           Susan Weeks                          At Home With the Spartali Family

29th March                 Annual General Meeting        Filmshow to be confirmed

26th April                    Brian Greening                      Island Life 100 Years Ago

31st May                     Delian  Backhouse-Fry          The Archaeology of the Undercliff

28th June                    John Medland                        The Island in the Domesday Book

26th July                     Donna Needham                    Around the Island in 115(ish) Churches

27th September          Richard Downing                   Ventnor Breweries

25th October                Andy Butler                           Title to be confirmed

29th November            Mark Earp                              Queen Victoria on the IOW. Tales of the expected and unexpected

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our past guest speakers for sharing their time and knowledge with us.

A Society Meeting


Exhibitions, stories, images . . .

Ventnor Bay in the 1890s

The spectacular sight of Ventnor's ascending terraces in the early 1890s, as viewed from the pierhead. Bathing machines are lined up along the water's edge for this was a time when it was forbidden to enter the sea any other way. Machines were hired along with an attendant and a costume, the ladies segregated at some distance from the gentlemen. You can pick out long lines of used costumes hanging up to dry in the sunshine further up the beach.  

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