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)

Volunteering Opportunities |

Volunteering Opportunities

Are  you interested in local history, working with people and becoming part of a team? The Ventnor Heritage Centre is run and managed by volunteers, and we are looking for people like you to help us.

We are currently looking for volunteers to help in the following areas – please get in touch if you think you might be interested in joining us.

‘Monthly Meeting’ Organiser:
Organises our monthly meetings and books speakers (more information).

Volunteer Coordinator:
Responsible for recruitment, training, induction and briefing of volunteers, and organises our rota of Heritage Centre ‘Stewards’ (more information).

Our stewards welcome visitors to the Heritage Centre and Museum; if you enjoy chatting with visitors and have an interest in history, this might suit you (more information).


If you think you might be interested in any of these opportunities, or would like to find out more, please contact us by emailing or by using our contact form, or by calling in to the Heritage Centre (we are open on Saturday mornings 10 am – 12.30 through the winter).

We would be delighted to hear from you!

Volunteer Jeff Mazo in the archive room
Stewards greeting visitors
The Heritage Centre stall on Ventnor Day 2017




From our archives

Winter Gardens

Ventnor Urban District Council bought the Vicarage that stood on the site for £3,801 and changed the name to the Winter Gardens.  The old vicarage was demolished 1936 and the present building was erected; ideas for use included as a cinema and an ice rink. Financial problems were encountered from the start.  The property was run by the Council, but periodically let to tenants. It was known as Cascadia for a short time.Read more...