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"

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 volunteers@ventnorheritage.org.uk  or by calling in to the Heritage Centre.

 

Working in the archive room
Volunteer At th Heritage Centre front desk
At the Heritage Centre front desk
Stewards greeting visitors
Volunteer party to celebrate our HLF award

The Heritage Centre stall on Ventnor Day 2017


Exhibitions, stories, images . . .

Ventnor Carnivals

Ventnor’s first carnival in 1889 was a torchlight procession of ladies and gentlemen in fancy dress, followed by a Masquerade Ball. It was such a success that it became an annual event, attracting crowds of thousands. So each August, the town comes to a standstill to enjoy a parade of music and elaborate costumes with tableaux created by local groups and businesses, and a Carnival Queen chosen for the year and paraded round the town with her retainers. However there has always been another, more subversive side to 'Carnival’. Those taking part can step outside their day to day lives and turn the world upside down, dressing up, assuming different characters, and poking fun at established order and authority. It is a feast of dressing up, foolery, and music, perhaps best symbolised by the much loved Ventnor Comic Jazz Band. Our publication 'Ventnor Carnival', traces the colourful history of the event, and is available from the Heritage Centre and online from  Ventnor Heritage Centre Publications.

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