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)

Volunteering Opportunities |

Volunteering Opportunities

Are  you interested in local history, working with people and becoming part of a team? The Ventnor Heritage Centre is run and managed by volunteers, and we are looking for people like you to help us. We welcome people who are interested in helping to run our Museum, or in working in the office on our records or following up enquiries.

Please get in touch if you think you might be interested in joining us.

Stewards:

Our stewards welcome visitors to the Heritage Centre and Museum; if you enjoy chatting with visitors and have an interest in history, this might suit you (more information). If you think you might be interested, or would like to find out more, please contact us by emailing  ventnorheritage@btconnect.com, or by calling in to the Heritage Centre.

Volunteer Jeff Mazo in the archive room

Volunteer At th Heritage Centre front desk
At the Heritage Centre front desk
Stewards greeting visitors
The Heritage Centre stall on Ventnor Day 2017

 

 

 


Exhibitions, stories, images . . .

New Publication: The French Attack on Portsmouth, 1545

In the summer of 1545, King Henry VIII, already at war with France, heard that the French might soon attack him in England. Portsmouth was a target, along with the Isle of Wight.  This booklet on the battle, researched and written by C.T. Witherby (author of The French Attack on Bonchurch 1545) was never published in his lifetime. Vi Vokes, who has now prepared it for publication, introduces it: Since the raising of the Mary Rose a great deal has been written and published about her. This booklet, however, is about just one of the attacks on the Isle of Wight. Hopefully, for visitors to the Island it will provide something of interest between the Romans and buckets and spades; and for those who live here the thoughts of what happened in their backyards.

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