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

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 (visitor entrance fee £2.00).

Our final meeting this year is on 29 November.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our past guest speakers for sharing their time and knowledge with us.

The speaker programme for 2020 is shown below, after the current programme.

Society Meetings for 2019:

25th January              Robin McInnes                       The Most Painted Place – Bonchurch

22nd February           Susan Weeks                          At Home With the Spartali Family

29th March                 Annual General Meeting        Followed by Filmshow

26th April                    Richard Downing                    Ventnor Breweries

31st May                     Film: ‘Ventnor – No Finer Place’ (please note change from previously published talk)

28th June                    Andy Butler                             A Naturalist’s Year (please note change from previously published talk)

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

27th September          Brian Greening                       Island Life 100 Years Ago

25th October                Andy Butler                            The 1950s and 60s – The Rock and Roll Years

29th November            Mark Earp                              Queen Victoria on the Isle of Wight

Meetings and speakers for 2020:

31st January: Andy Butler – The 1950s and 60s – The Way Things Used to Be

28th February: Nick Minns – Michael Faraday and the IOW

27th March: Annual General Meeting (followed by slide show)

24th April: Delian Backhouse-Fry – The Archaeology of the Undercliff

29th May: Rosemary Cooper – A Tour of the Island in Sand Pictures

26th June: John Hannam – Chatting Up the Stars

31st July: Sheila Caws – Descendants of Queen Victoria

25th September: Hazel Pullen and Sharon  Beddard – The Voluntary Aid Detachment on the Island 1914-18

30th October: Mark Earp – “Out of the darkness and into the light” Prince Albert on the Isle of Wight     

27th November: Brian Greening – Title to be confirmed


A Society Meeting



Exhibitions, stories, images . . .

Publication: It used to be like this . . .

"I was born at Beach Cottage, Castlehaven, Niton Undercliff in the year nineteen hundred and six. Beach Cottage was built for my father by my grandfather of the local hard stone which we call Rag Stone. . . It was a most excellent cottage." Theseare the words George Roland Haynes used to begin his memories of life in Niton Undercliff in the last century; the picture here is a sketch he made of Beach Cottage. We have now published his memories as a book, ‘It used to be like this . . .’ available from  Ventnor Heritage Centre Publications.