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)

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Visit Ventnor Heritage Centre

Ventnor Heritage Centre is at 11 Spring Hill, in the centre of the town, opposite the Central Car Park. The Museum is accessible for wheelchair users.

Open: 10 am to 4 pm, Monday to Saturday (from May to October).
Open on Saturday morning only (10 am to 12.30 pm) during the winter

Museum Admission: £2 (no charge for accompanied children under 16). Admission is free to members of the Ventnor & District Local History Society.

Group visits: We can arrange for group visits outside our normal opening hours and are willing to arrange local heritage tours or off-site visits and displays. Please contact us if you are interested.

11 Spring Hill, Ventnor, PO38 1PE
Tel 01983 855407

From our archives

Ventnor Town Hall

The Town Hall started life as the Undercliff Assembly Rooms. Its front elevation is in classic style with fluted columns supporting the handsome cornice.  It had seating for 600 persons and a large stage with retiring rooms and offices for the School Board.  Provision was allowed for the addition of a gallery. Mrs Snowden Henry of Bonchurch laid the foundation stone on 20th December 1877; this can still be seen today.  The building was completed in 1878 by local builders Henry Ingrams Odd news items are noted: In 1936 the Fire Brigade delayed responding to a fire at the Town Hall mistakenly thinking that the firing of the maroon to summon the fire brigade was a salute to the great liner, RMS Queen Mary, who was passing by on her maiden voyage.  Or perhaps this story referred to another incident in 1939 when response to another fire was delayed for some time as the R.M.S. Empress of Australia passed by with King George & Queen Elizabeth on board? The Town Hall was home to Ventnor Urban District Council and the venue for shows, plays etc for many years until the late 1960s.  At this point it was used by a wig-making factory and …Read more...