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 (just round the corner from the Heritage Centre.  Meetings start at 7.30 pm.  Entry is free to members of the Society, visitors are very welcome (visitor entrance fee £2.00).

Our final meeting of 2019 was on 29 November – we have no meeting at the end of December.  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.

Society 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: No meeting – Annual General Meeting Postponed (see notice here)

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 . . .

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.