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)

Local History Walks |

Local History Walks

Guided walks:

Ventnor Victorian architecture: 1st and 2nd December 2018
This walk will be led by Richard Downing, and is offered free of charge as part of our  ‘Ventnorville’ Christmas Celebrations.  The walk starts at the Heritage Centre, 11 Spring Hill, at 11.30 am on Saturday 1st,  repeated at  2 pm on Sunday 2nd.  It will last an hour, maybe an hour and a half, depending on who contributes. No booking – first come first served!

Trails  to walk on your own:

‘Ventnor Town Trails’: a series of printed ‘Ventnor Town Trails’ are  available  in the Heritage Museum.

‘Ventnor Heritage Trail’: this is series of trail boards around the town, established by the Ventnor & Undercliff Heritage Partnership in 2016.  The first of the boards is located outside the Museum, and copies of the trail leaflet are available in the Museum, or can be downloaded here.

‘St Lawrence Village Trail’ and  ‘St Lawrence Coastal Trail’ (both produced by the Ventnor & Undercliff Heritage Partnership), and the ‘Ventnor Historic (Beer) Walk’ are specially written local history trails visitors can follow by themselves, to explore the fascinating history of our town. They are available to download from this page – click on the images below:

Ventnor Historic (Beer) Walk: An historic stroll through the social history of Ventnor in the early 19th Century (click image to download):

St Lawrence Coastal Trail : (click image to download):

St Lawrence Village Trail  (click image to download):

 

 

 


Exhibitions, stories, images . . .

A Victorian Family Christmas at Ventnor Heritage Centre: 1 & 2 December, 11 am – 4 pm

  • We invite you to join us for a glass of Wassail and a toast to 'Christmas Past'.
  • Attractions include Vectis Victorians  an Island 'Living History Group' in  costume; Solent Veteran Cycle Club with two of their bicycles (Sunday); Carol Singing by the Undercliff Singers; A Guided Walk: 'Ventnor Victorian Architecture' led by Richard Downing (Saturday 11.30 am; Sunday 2 pm);
  • Christmas Hamper Raffle and Christmas Cards on sale: Cards  specially produced in conjunction with Gianpaulo Mario
  • Christmas Tableaux in the Museum: Christmas in a Victorian Kitchen; The Legend of the First Christmas Tree; Popular Victorian Games
     

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