Local History

Where was the first bomb dropped on the Isle of Wight in 1940?
What is unusual about the Island’s three rivers?
What relationship did American actor, Kirk Douglas, have to the Isle of Wight?

Curious? Want to find the answers to these questions and learn so much more about our Island?

Then join us each Monday 10:00am to 12noon at ‘Our Island’s Past’ (and into the Present) at the Beckford Centre.

Our lively and friendly Local History group spends the first half of the session talking about a specific topic of the Isle of Wight’s history followed by questions and answers about the Island. You’ll be surprised at the diverse range of information that gets discussed.

And, of course, there are the all important refreshments to whet our whistles!

Our building was used as a Printing Press in the late 1800s and into the early 1900s, and our photograph shows the printers who worked here.