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27th October Meeting and Speaker

Our next monthly meeting is on 27th October 2017. Meetings are held at the Masonic Hall in Grove Road, Ventnor and start at 7.30pm. Entry is free to members, visitors are very welcome, entry fee is £2.00 Our Guest Speaker is: M J Trow Talk is Titled – ‘Hitler’s List’ In July 1940, Britain’s survival… read more »

Heritage Open Day (10th September 2017)

Heritage Open Day The Ventnor Heritage Centre will be  open on Sunday 10th September from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm with free admission. Do come along and see all the changes that have been made with the help of our wonderful volunteers, and due to the generous funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Report on ‘Ventnor Saved My Life’

On Friday July 28th, Society member Richard Downing gave a very informative talk entitled”Ventnor Saved My Life”. Richard began his talk by saying there were three doctors who were mainly responsible for Ventnor becoming renowned for its healthy climate. Dr James Clark ,1788–1870 had travelled as a ship’s doctor to Switzerland, the Mediterranean and France and… read more »

Carnival Slide Show 7th August

The Carnival Slide Show ‘Round and About in Ventnor’ This slide show was originally complied by Fay Brown using postcards, photographs of buildings and scenery taken by Fay of the surrounding area. Venue: The show will take place at St Catherine’s Church, Church Street, Ventnor, PO38 1SW Date & Time:  Monday 7th August at 7.30… read more »

Playing with History

This year, for Ventnor Fringe Festival, we are collaborating with the ever popular ‘Ventnor Guitar Group’, who will be ‘Playing with History’ – performing  their chosen music to accompany some of our archive film clips.  Expect grainy film of crowded beach scenes and trains – and lots of guitars!  It should be a memorable evening –  Thursday… read more »

Report of Society Meeting: 30 June 2017

Over 50 members and visitors attended the meeting of Ventnor and District Local History Society held on June 30th. The speaker for the evening was Janet Griffin who is the Society’s Vice Chair and long time member of the Society from when the meetings were held in Knight’s Court. Janet’s talk was entitled “The Ventnor… read more »

Ventnor Day – 1 July

‘Ventnor Day’ on the green at Salisbury Gardens was a lovely day – music, ice cream, lots of activities, and the last of the ‘Round the Island’ yachts going past.  We were publicising the new website at our ‘Ventnor Heritage Centre’ stand, and had plenty of visitors –  some old friends, some new, sharing stories and ideas…. read more »

Museum open for summer season

The museum is now open ‘summer hours’ – Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm.  New exhibitions include a display drawn from Robin McInnes’ recent book on Island Landscape art, and he marked the occasion by presenting us with a photograph album tracing the history of the old Royal Hospital.  

‘Playing with History’

We will be taking part in the Ventnor Fringe festival again this year, this time in a collaboration with Ventnor Guitar Club, who will be playing live to accompany some of our archive film clips.  We have called the event ‘Playing with history’ and it will be at Holy Trinity Church, Thursday August 10th, 7.30… read more »