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New publication: “Ventnor breweries”

“Ventnor breweries”  is the title of a recent publication available from the Ventnor Heritage Centre, price £3. Written by Richard Downing it covers the  story of Burt’s Brewery, founded in the 1840s and the subsequent Ventnor Brewery. In 1840 James Courbold established a wine and spirits business at what is now the Blenheim pub.  He… read more »

26th January 2018 Meeting and Speaker

Our next monthly meeting is on Friday 26th January 2018. 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 will be: Dr. Alan Clark (BSc. PhD. C.Eng. C.Geol. FICE. FGS.) Dr Clark is a… read more »

Museum open Saturday mornings only during the winter

The museum is now open ‘winter hours’ – Saturday morning only, 10 am to 4 pm.  Exhibitions include a display on Isand Landscape Art drawn from Robin McInnes’ recent book. Professor McInnes marked the opening of the Museum this summer by presenting us with a photograph album tracing the history of the old Royal Hospital.  

Meeting of Trustees: 22 November

The next meeting of Trustees will be on Wednesday 22 November, at 7 pm in the Heritage Centre. Heritage Centre Volunteers are welcome to attend these meetings to see how the Society is run; we want our work to be as transparent and open as possible, and we value the input and understanding of all… read more »

Free ‘Ventnor Heritage Walk’: Thursday 9 November

This free walk starts at the Ventnor Heritage Centre at 10.30 on Thursday 9 November and will last an hour and a half, covering two miles with some inclines. It will finish at the Heritage Centre, which will open specially with free entry for any participants who want to go in and browse. Organised by ‘Wild About Wight’,… read more »

‘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 »

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 »