Cowes Heritage and Community Group


Registered Charity: 1192247

Beckford Centre

Welcome to the

Cowes Heritage and Community Group website

A new Archive Room and a Store are being added to the existing structure to accommodate all the historical material that the former group, Cowes Heritage, has collected since its formation in 2003.

At last! The new extension is ‘all but’ done – with just the fitting of special filing cabinets that will house the archives of the legacy Cowes Heritage organisation outstanding. A new heating system and toilet have been installed; the radiators in the main hall remain as is; but the heating in the new extension is ‘under-floor’.

The French doors onto the Decking Area are in and a new floor covering installed; decorating throughout is now completed so we can look back on quite a bit of progress in the last month.

We await inspection visits from Building Control and the Third Party Wall surveyor and have our fingers crossed that these visits don’t throw up any unforeseen challenges – we have had more than our fair share!


We aim to change this Home Page every so often to feature activities of the groups using the Centre – or highlight one of our books or DVDs for sale. Or we may just highlight an interesting fact about Cowes and its surrounds.

This time the focus is on…


Dare we say it, but Christmas is now fast approaching and you might just be struggling to come up with gift ideas for members of your family or friends. Well, struggle no more as here at Cowes Heritage and Community Group, we have the perfect solution! Why not take a browse through our shop on this website and select your gifts from the many books and DVDs produced by the Cowes Heritage arm of our group?

There’s plenty of choice – The History of Shops in Cowes, King Ward, Trains and Boats and Planes, The Pubs of Cowes, Gurnard and Northwood, to name but a few. It’s easy to order, so take a look and get your Christmas presents sorted nice and early!

Just click on this link to go straight to our website shop