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)

More information on current volunteer opportunities |

More information on current volunteer opportunities

Volunteers contribute in many different ways and are vital to the successful operation of the Centre. We are currently looking for:

 

Heritage Centre Stewards

Stewards play a vital role in keeping the Ventnor Heritage Centre open to its visitors. Working in pairs at our welcome desk the stewards provide a warm welcome to visitors; introducing the permanent and temporary exhibitions, helping with general enquiries and selling merchandise from our shop. If you enjoy chatting with visitors, have an interest in the history of Ventnor & District and enjoy being part of a team, please get in touch.

Stewarding sessions are 3-hour morning or afternoon shifts and we currently have weekday and weekend vacancies. If you can volunteer once a week or once a month, we appreciate any time you have to offer.

For more information about this role please contact us.

We need volunteers who could be free at one or more of the times shown here with an ‘x’

  Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat
Morning x x x x x x
Afternoon x x x x x x
Evening

 


Exhibitions, stories, images . . .

Old Park, St Lawrence is thought to date back to 900 AD, and  may have been a hunting lodge. The present house was built in 1740. In 1865 a new wing was added to the house;  Sir John Cheape  installed central heating and plumbing: there were three taps in bathroom - one labelled 'Hot', one 'Cold' and one 'Rainwater'. When Walter Spindler owned the house in the 1880s he imported and planted a million trees on the Old Park Estate  and had water pumps  erected in Whitwell for the people living there to use. Actress Sarah Bernhardt visited – she had a liaison with Mr Spindler, who painted her portrait. In its latter days Old Park was owned by Thornton Family, and the 'Bird Park' and Glass making factory were on the estate.

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