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)

More information on current volunteer opportunities |

More information on current volunteer opportunities

Volunteers contribute in many different ways and are vital to the successful operation of the Centre. We are currently looking for:


Heritage Centre Stewards

Stewards play a vital role in keeping the Ventnor Heritage Centre open to its visitors. Working in pairs at our welcome desk the stewards provide a warm welcome to visitors; introducing the permanent and temporary exhibitions, helping with general enquiries and selling merchandise from our shop. If you enjoy chatting with visitors, have an interest in the history of Ventnor & District and enjoy being part of a team, please get in touch.

Stewarding sessions are 3-hour morning or afternoon shifts and we currently have weekday and weekend vacancies. If you can volunteer once a week or once a month, we appreciate any time you have to offer.

For more information about this role please contact us.

We need volunteers who could be free at one or more of the times shown here with an ‘x’

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From our archives

Your Stories: Ventnor Roller Skating Club and dances at the Winter Gardens

Win Salter was born in 1935 at Moorhills Farm in Whitwell where her father, Fred Salter,  had followed his father Charles as the farmer. The photo of her father Fred on his hunter, dressed as a hussar, is from the early 1920s and taken in Whitwell; he was on his way to be a Marshall at the Ventnor Carnival. When Win was three, the family moved from Moorhills to Stenbury Lodge in Whitwell, where they were living throughout the second world war.  Although she was only a child at that time, Win recalls that when Southampton was bombed you could see it alight from Stenbury.  There were soldiers billeted on the downs, and she remembers them coming to the house sometimes for meals.  Her father caught rabbits, and mother would make a huge rabbit stew, followed by apple pie, and the soldiers  would park their rifles in a big pile in the porch and come in for the feast; they brought sugar for her mother, and bits of chocolate for the children - and nylons for Win's elder sister.  When D Day finally came  the sky was black with planes, droning across all day long. The family moved again, this time to Sussex …Read more...