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)

Ventnor Heritage Centre

Museum opening times:
Summer:
May to October: Monday to Friday  10 am-4 pm; Saturday 10 am-12.30 pm
Winter:
November to April: Saturday mornings, 10 am-12.30 pm

Address: 11 Spring Hill, Ventnor, PO38 1PE

Location, map and visitor information
More about the Museum
Current displays

Ventnor Heritage Centre was set up to record and preserve the history of the town and surrounding villages, and to share it with the community and with visitors to the town.

You can the search box on this page to explore the information available here on the website, come and visit us, or join the conversation on our Ventnor Heritage Centre Facebook group. If  you live locally and enjoy local  history you might be interested in joining our team of volunteers who run and manage the Ventnor Heritage Centre – we would be very pleased to see you.

The Heritage Centre is the home of Ventnor & District Local History Society – find out more here.


Exhibitions, stories, images . . .

Rayner’s Hotel

Rayner's Temperance, Family and Commercial hotel used to stand on Victoria Street almost opposite the junction with Albert Street. It was popular and  well appointed, ran a special bus to meet visitors at Ventnor Station, and also provided a tennis court  and pleasure gardens for guests a few minutes away in Dudley Road (where the car park is now). The first telephone in Ventnor was said to be an 'acoustic' one connecting Rayner's Hotel in Victoria Street with Mr F Baker's Postingmaster's premises in Mill Street (now Pier Street). Damaged by enemy bombs in 1944, the hotel was demolished later that year. The site became a garage and later a supermarket.  

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