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, or come talk to us at the Volunteer Fair on Saturday 19 January 2019 at  Ventnor Botanic Garden (11 am – 3 pm).

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 . . .

Old Park

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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