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"

Volunteer Opportunities |

Volunteer Opportunities

Victorian Christmas event in the Museum. Photo: Lori Little

Ventnor Heritage Centre is run by a highly valued team of volunteers who fulfil a wide range of roles including:  Care of our Collection,  Museum Front of House, Exhibitions and Displays,  Fundraising and Events, and Management and Administration of the Society.  These roles need varied skills and input of time and we’d really like to hear from you if you think you might like to join the team.

We all share a common interest in local history, a love for the community we are based in, enjoyment from friendships formed and the fun we have experienced by fund raising events.

Some comments shared by our team:

It’s a pleasure to answer queries about people’s ancestors as I find that I learn more about Ventnor’s history, not only by research in our archives, but from the extra information the enquirers share as I do so.’

‘I really enjoyed our Victorian Family Christmas event – great to work together and see so many visitors to the Heritage Centre having a good time – I hope we can do another one!

We acknowledge that our Volunteers give their time freely and we appreciate any time offered and endeavour to match them not only by the skills they have to offer, but by the time they have to spare.

New volunteers to our team are always welcome,  so if you would like more information please contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator Linda Chester by email at volunteers@ventnorheritage.org.uk – she’ll be delighted to hear from you.


Exhibitions, stories, images . . .

Exhibition: ‘Once upon a time there were trains’

Ventnor once had two railway stations. And for something like 100 years, trains were the primary means by which visitors arrived in the town. The main line came in via a long tunnel under St. Boniface Down. It linked the resort with Ryde and the towns along the east side of the Island. The second line came from Newport and Merstone, terminating at a station behind Steephill Castle. The photograph here is of a Beyer Peacock 2-4-0 tank loco on the turntable at Ventnor’s main station circa 1910.

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