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 Monthly Meetings |

Ventnor Heritage Centre Monthly Meetings

 When the Ventnor & District Local History Society was first established in the early 1980s it began by giving a variety of talks on Ventnor and the Undercliff. Today the society continues to give local history talks at the popular monthly meetings, which take place on the last Friday of the month except for August and December.

The speakers cover a wide range of topics and focus on the history of Ventnor, surrounding area and the Isle of Wight. Meetings are very well attended and are held at the Masonic Hall in Grove Road, Ventnor, starting at 7.30 pm.  Entry is free to members of the Society,  visitors are very welcome, entrance is £2.00


Upcoming Meetings for 2018:

13th April – Ventnor & District Local History Society, Annual General Meeting

27th April – ‘A Victorian Tour of the Isle of Wight’ By Bob Longton

25th May – ‘Lowtherville 1878 – 2018’ By Colin Beavis

29th June – ‘An Island Legacy’ By Kenneth Hicks

27th July – ‘A Victorian Boarding House & Renovation’ By Jonathan Collins

August – No Meeting

28th September – ‘Further Extracts from a Naturalist’s Journal’ By Andy Butler

26th October – ‘Isle of Wight Chapels’ By Len Pullinger

30th November – ‘Curiosities of the Isle of Wight No 2, Fact, Fiction or Fantasy’ By Mark Earp

December – No Meeting


Recent speakers include:

Professor Robin McInnes – ‘British Coastal Art’

Richard Smout – ‘The History of Island Elections’

Michael Freeman – ‘Mayfair by the Sea or Ventnor As You Never Saw It’

Colin Beavis – ‘History of Ventnor Bowling Club’

Jonathan Collins – ‘Researching British Soldiers of The Great War 1914-1918’

Janet Griffin – ‘The Ventnor Connection’

Andy Butler – ‘Extracts from a Naturalists Journal’

Judy Ballinger – ‘Pitfalls of Family History Research’

Roger Silsbury – ’50 Years of Railway Preservation on the IOW’

Richard Downing – ‘Ventnor Saved My Life’

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our past guest speakers for sharing their time and knowledge with us.

A Society Meeting

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