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)

About Ventnor Heritage Centre |

About Ventnor Heritage Centre

The Heritage Centre, with its museum and shop, is also the headquarters of the Ventnor and District Local History Society.

As well as running the Heritage Centre, we are involved in community events, providing talks and slide shows on local history, and local heritage walks, and taking part in the Ventnor Carnival programme and  Ventnor Fringe Festival. Last year’s Fringe event, ‘Ventnor Unseen’ was a compilation of archive film clips with a soundtrack specially provided by local artists, which included  ‘Storm of 87’ written and performed by Paul Armfield.

One of the most interesting parts of our work is collecting local stories and memories; you can see some of these by searching this website for ‘Local Voices’, and if you would like to contribute your own stories or photographs, please see Your Stories.

The Ventnor Heritage Centre and Local History Society are both entirely run and managed by volunteers.

 


From our archives

Burts Brewery workers in the 1880s

Burts brewery was established in Ventnor in the 1840s using water from a spring on St Boniface Down.  This picture, taken in the 1880s, shows some of the brewery workers - and a dog. The …Read more...

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