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’

  Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat
Morning x x x x x x
Afternoon x x x x x x
Evening

 


From our archives

New exhibition and book: ‘It used to be like this . . . “

"I was born at Beach Cottage, Castlehaven, Niton Undercliff in the year nineteen hundred and six. Beach Cottage was built for my father by my grandfather of the local hard stone which we call Rag Stone. . . It was a most excellent cottage." These are the words George Roland Haynes used to begin his memories of life in Niton Undercliff in the last century; the picture here is a sketch he made of Beach Cottage. We have now published his memories as a book, ‘It used to be like this . . .’ available from the Heritage Centre (see our publications page for details), and we have a new exhibition in the museum, using some of his words along with historic photographs from our archive.Read more...

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