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 email

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


Exhibitions, stories, images . . .

Carnival Week: 12-17 August 2019

  • This year Ventnor celebrates 130 years of Carnival, and that's the title of our 'Carnival Slide Show' (Monday 12 August, at 7.30 in St Catherine's Church)
  • During Carnival week 2019 we have free entry to the Heritage Centre for anyone presenting a Carnival Programme (admission  free for accompanied children under 16)
  • On Saturday 17th August we will be open all day, 10 am - 4 pm, and will have a special Children's Model Railway Layout featuring Thomas the Tank Engine
  • We have been working with the Carnival Committee on their History of Ventnor Carnival and the first part, covering the years 1889-1950, will be on sale, price £5
  • Enjoy the week!