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Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 11am - 4pm

Last entry: 3.30pm

The Museum of Ryde is run entirely by volunteers.

Stair Lift Facility

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The new stairlift officially opened on 23rd of May 2014 by Ryde’s Mayor at the time, Cllr Roi Milburn.
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Royal Ryde

Royal Ryde

Royal Ryde, the link to Queen Victoria.

The Duchess of Kent, mother of Queen Victoria, first brought her to stay at Norris Castle on the Isle of Wight in 1831. When it was decided to build the arcade in Ryde, Princess Victoria was asked whether she would agree to it being named for her. This is why, at the rear of the arcade, there is a window with a monogram PV - Princess Victoria.

The Princess Victoria Window Royal Victoria Arcade

The crest on the front of the arcade is that of Princess Victoria. A similar crest can be seen in Bath, much smaller and less colourful than the one in Ryde. The lion and the unicorn are also facing different directions.

Etching from 1874 of Crown Prince and Princess

 
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Royal Ryde Royal Ryde, the link to Queen Victoria. The Duchess of Kent, mother of Queen Victoria, first brought her to stay at Norris Castle on the Isle of Wight in 1831. When it was decided to build the arcade in Ryde, Princess Victoria was asked whether she would agree to it being named for her. This is why, at the rear of the arcade, there is a window with a monogram PV - Princess Victoria. The crest on the front of the arcade is that of Princess Victoria. A similar crest can be seen in Bath, much smaller and less colourful than the one in Ryde. The lion and the unicorn are also facing different directions.  

Royal visitors

Royal Visitors in Ryde


It is said that the Duchess of Kent first brought her daughter to the Isle of Wight so that she did not attend the coronation of her Uncle, William IV. On this, and subsequent occasions, they stayed at Norris Castle, in East Cowes.

It is also known that Victoria used rooms in The Royal Kent Hotel, now the Royal Squadron, on at least one occasion.

Etching of the Royal Kent Hotel, Union Street, Ryde
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Royal Visitors in Ryde It is said that the Duchess of Kent first brought her daughter to the Isle of Wight so that she did not attend the coronation of her Uncle, William IV. On this, and subsequent occasions, they stayed at Norris Castle, in East Cowes. It is also known that Victoria used rooms in The Royal Kent Hotel, now the Royal Squadron, on at least one occasion.

RYDE TREASURES

RYDE TREASURES


All images reproduced with permission of IW Heritage Service, to whom we are very grateful.

A gown worn by a recent Mayor of the Borough of Ryde.

Ryde Borough Mayor's Robe

Ryde Town Sergeant's Hat.

Ryde Town Sargent Top Hat

 
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RYDE TREASURES All images reproduced with permission of IW Heritage Service, to whom we are very grateful. A gown worn by a recent Mayor of the Borough of Ryde. Ryde Town Sergeant's Hat.  

Ryde Entertainment

Ryde Entertainment

Fine Art Exhibition at Ryde 1881

The inhabitants of 19th century Ryde enjoyed entertainment............... Bands played on the pier every evening, There were plays in the Theatre, concerts in the Town Hall, lectures and exhibitions in the Victoria Rooms and circuses on the Strand from the 1850s onwards. Local gentry also held balls and soirees in their homes - descriptions of which appeared in the local press the following week. Celebrities came from Paris and London to appear in Ryde - Mrs Jordan, Ellen Terry, Oscar Wilde, General Tom Thumb, The Christy Minstrels all appeared in Ryde following successful runs in London and over seas........Ryde was the place to be after London, Paris, New York! Hairdressers and other businessmen also followed the same route.
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Ryde Entertainment The inhabitants of 19th century Ryde enjoyed entertainment............... Bands played on the pier every evening, There were plays in the Theatre, concerts in the Town Hall, lectures and exhibitions in the Victoria Rooms and circuses on the Strand from the 1850s onwards. Local gentry also held balls and soirees in their homes - descriptions of which appeared in the local press the following week. Celebrities came from Paris and London to appear in Ryde - Mrs Jordan, Ellen Terry, Oscar Wilde, General Tom Thumb, The Christy Minstrels all appeared in Ryde following successful runs in London and over seas........Ryde was the place to be after London, Paris, New York! Hairdressers and other businessmen also followed the same route.

Railings

Railings

Cyril the sea Serpent on Ryde Pier

The railings on the pier were installed in 1895. It is believed the shelters were built at the same time, by Isaac Barton, a Mayor of Ryde, to a design by local architect Thomas Hellyer. Cyril the sea serpent is the guide for the Children's Page of the website.
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Railings The railings on the pier were installed in 1895. It is believed the shelters were built at the same time, by Isaac Barton, a Mayor of Ryde, to a design by local architect Thomas Hellyer. Cyril the sea serpent is the guide for the Children's Page of the website.

Local Newspapers

Local Newspapers

Ventilator Royals visit July 19 1873

Ryde and the Isle of Wight have a long history of local newspaper printing. The Isle of Wight Observer was begun in 1846, although not established until 1852.  It was printed at The Colonnade, Ryde by George and subsequently, Hannah Butler. From the first issue, Fashionable Lists were printed weekly to show residents and visitors who was in town. The Isle of Wight Times, Ventilator, Mercury, Isle of Wight Advertiser, and County Press followed at later dates. These newspapers, or images of them, can be consulted at the Isle of Wight County Record Office, Newport.

There are also newspapers with Isle of Wight articles which can be viewed on the British Library website British Newspapers Online
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Local Newspapers Ryde and the Isle of Wight have a long history of local newspaper printing. The Isle of Wight Observer was begun in 1846, although not established until 1852.  It was printed at The Colonnade, Ryde by George and subsequently, Hannah Butler. From the first issue, Fashionable Lists were printed weekly to show residents and visitors who was in town. The Isle of Wight Times, Ventilator, Mercury, Isle of Wight Advertiser, and County Press followed at later dates. These newspapers, or images of them, can be consulted at the Isle of Wight County Record Office, Newport. There are also newspapers with Isle of Wight articles which can be viewed on the British Library website British Newspapers Online

Historic Photographs

Historic Photographs

Young Boy by Matthews

Child photographed by Matthews
Child photographed by Matthews

Child on a horse Photographed by Knight

More  historic photographs appear in the  Galleries.

Child photographed by Knight
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Historic Photographs More  historic photographs appear in the  Galleries.

The Brigstocke China

The Brigstocke China

All images reproduced with permission of IW Heritage Service, to whom we are very grateful.

Brigstoke Terrace China Group front view

The Brigstocke China comprises pieces collected by the family over many years, reflecting catholic tastes.

Brigstoke Terrace China Group side view

Brigstoke Terrace China Group reverse view

Brigstoke Terrace China Hare

Brigstoke Terrace China Horse
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The Brigstocke China All images reproduced with permission of IW Heritage Service, to whom we are very grateful. The Brigstocke China comprises pieces collected by the family over many years, reflecting catholic tastes.

The Royal Victoria Arcade

The Royal Victoria Arcade

The Royal Victoria Arcade - Victorian Timeline, the first 70 years of the Royal Victoria Arcade from the laying of the foundation stone to 1903

An etching of the original arcade frontage

1835 -May - Foundation Stone Ceremony
1836 - July - Opening Ceremony
1856 - July - Henry Knight buys the arcade for £3000
1856 - October - frontage altered
1857 - October - William Lacy the first Arcade photographer moves into a workshop in the basement
1862 -  March - Cornelius Jabez Hughes takes over Number 6 after Lacy's death, in November 1861
1864 -  Henry Knight's Fairy Fountain in the rotunda

An etching of the 1840s arcade interior

1880 - Henry patents tin opener and sells it to Crosse and Blackwell
1890 - Henry Knight goes bankrupt and hands over the arcade to his daughters
1895 - Death of Henry Knight
1903 - Arcade up for sale
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The Royal Victoria Arcade The Royal Victoria Arcade - Victorian Timeline, the first 70 years of the Royal Victoria Arcade from the laying of the foundation stone to 1903 1835 -May - Foundation Stone Ceremony 1836 - July - Opening Ceremony 1856 - July - Henry Knight buys the arcade for £3000 1856 - October - frontage altered 1857 - October - William Lacy the first Arcade photographer moves into a workshop in the basement 1862 -  March - Cornelius Jabez Hughes takes over Number 6 after Lacy's death, in November 1861 1864 -  Henry Knight's Fairy Fountain in the rotunda 1880 - Henry patents tin opener and sells it to Crosse and Blackwell 1890 - Henry Knight goes bankrupt and hands over the arcade to his daughters 1895 - Death of Henry Knight 1903 - Arcade up for sale

Original Logo

Original Logo

The original artwork for the logo was drawn by Lynne Phillips from a design on two shelters on Ryde Pier, and adapted by Depth.

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The original logo copyright Lynne Phillips

Cyril the Sea Serpent on Ryde Pier

 
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Original Logo The original artwork for the logo was drawn by Lynne Phillips from a design on two shelters on Ryde Pier, and adapted by Depth.  
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History Talks

WWI Centenary talk

Historic Ryde Society will host a talk at Yelf’s Hotel, Wednesday, September 10, 7pm. ‘The Ship that hunted itself’ is the story of an engagement on September 14 1914 between the British HMS Carmania and the German SMS Cap Trafalgar. These armed Merchant Cruisers were both converted luxury liners, and by coincidence, SMS Cap Trafalgar had disguised herself as HMS Carmania.

The Guest Speaker is David Slade, a Member of the Orders and Medals Research Society.

The talk is free to members of Historic Ryde Society. Please bring along membership cards. Non-members are requested to give a donation towards Historic Ryde Society. All welcome. Raffle as usual.

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The Ship that hunted itself

Sophie Dawes from Squalor to Scandal

Sophie Dawes

The open meeting, ‘Sophie Dawes from Squalor to Scandal’ by Adrian Searle was well attended and an entertaining evening.

Adrian related the story of Sophie Dawes, who came from a life of poverty on the Isle of Wight to influence and scandalise French society.

Beyond Avarice book by Raymond leJeuneHRS member Raymond Young (Nome de Plume R. leJeune) has written an in depth history about this interesting woman,  and brought the book to the event. If anyone wishes to buy a copy of this book, it is available from the Centre.

Adrian will be back at some point to give more information about this interesting character.

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An evening at Ashey races with Tony Gale

Members-meeting-Sep-11-2013 A good crowd turned out on a cold and wet September evening to hear local   historian Tony Gale transport us all to the races at Ashey and around the Island. It  was a fascinating talk, with wonderful images of a bygone era, and we were entertained to learn that the Ashey event was the most corrupt in the country – possibly because of the machinations behind the copse when out of view of the stewards! The lovely photographs showed many of the lovely fashions of the turn of the 20th century, when the class divide was alive and kicking! Many thanks to Tony for his wonderful research and delivery.

The evening was introduced by Historic Ryde Society (HRS) Chair Liz Jones, who brought the members up to date with recent events and happenings in the Heritage Centre and for the Society. HRS currently has a strong membership, made up of 93 Individual memberships, 55 family memberships and 16 corporate memberships. Our new membership secretary Ro, will now take the membership forward on a rolling basis, so people can join at any time of the year, rather than the February cut-off currently in place.
Liz reminded everyone of the opportunity of raising funds for the Society through the online shopping easyfundraising site, accessible via the HRS homepage link. We’ve now raised over £220 at no cost to anyone! Keep on buying, everyone! Using easysearch as a search engine, when supporting HRS, raises 0.5p per search….every little helps, as the supermarket says….
The two Astronomic evenings last week raised £251 for funds, and a harp and sitar recital, and a 70s/80s disco night are the next two events for the diary, following on from the September quiz on Thursday, Sept. 26.
The RBA Father Christmas grotto will once again be held in the Heritage Centre. More details in due course.
Lastly, there are now four photoboards out in the community for people to enjoy a bit of free fun, courtesy of James from the Donald Mcgill postcard museum, and Historic Ryde Society. These boards are proving unbelievably popular, and in August alone, raised £250. Since they were first made two years ago, they’ve brought in over £1100! Fabulous!

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Astronomic delights!

 Lecture on 'The Stories of Stars', and 'The Planets', at The Orrery by Ian Ridpath

Lecture on ‘The Stories of Stars’, and ‘The Planets’, at The Orrery by Ian Ridpath

Historic Ryde Society would like to thank James Bissell Thomas of The Orrery, for inviting Ian Ridpath, editor of the Oxford Dictionary of Astronomy and Norton’s Star Atlas, to give two lectures on ‘The Stories of Stars’, and ‘The Planets’, at The Orrery on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, September 3 and 4.
On the first evening, a  very appreciative audience was enthralled by the wonderful images Ian showed us, and his entertaining delivery kept the evening moving along at a slick pace. Historic Ryde Society was delighted to host a small party from the Island’s own Planetarium, at Fort Victoria.
On the second evening, Ian addressed the planets, and took his audience on a guided tour of each, from innermost to outermost and beyond!
Despite a stifling evening, with noisy traffic and curious passers-by, the evening was delightful and well received, and Ian said how much he had enjoyed the social nature of both evenings.
Many thanks to Graham and Lesley for organising the events, printing posters and flyers, and liaising with Ian who, at the time of first contact, was delivering a lecture series aboard the Queen Mary, somewhere off Norway!

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The Carriers and the New Railway works

Isle of Wight Observer September 14, 1878.

Messrs Perry, the contractors for the new works on the Esplanade, have already commenced blocking up the entrance to the Victoria Docks, and great inconvenience has thereby been occasioned to the carriers of the town, who have, we understand, held a meeting among themselves to consider what is to be done. The space at which they can land goods is now so limited that it is thought that while the works are in progress it will be better to take the goods to St Helen’s. This, we are informed, will entail an extra cost of something like1d per cwt, although the carriers do not propose to charge more than 2d. It is evident, however,that the public cannot expect to have their goods sent so cheaply or so quickly as formerly for the carriers must wait for the tide at Brading Harbour, keep men here to load and unload, and then pay freight by railway to Ryde. The Council have added further difficulties to the carriers by issuing the following notice:

Notice is hereby given, that in order to prevent inconvenience and obstruction to persons landing goods on the George-street slipway, all goods must be removed from off the slipway immediately on being landed. Vehicles will not be allowed to stand on the slipway for the purpose of taking up or putting down goods. Goods must not be brought upon the slipway except for immediate embarcation. Police have instructions to prosecute any persons causing any obstruction on the slipway. 

The difficulty of carrying out such regulations as these just at the present time, when the space at disposal on the slipway and docks has been so much curtailed, has been one reason why the carriers have thought of going to Brading Harbour. It would be impossible to carry out such regulatons under existing circumstances.

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Centre Opening
HRH Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester opened the first extension of Ryde District Heritage Centre on Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Andrew and Brian chat to HRH The Duke of Gloucester and the Lord Lieutenant

The logo was drawn by Lynne Phillips from a design on the two shelters on Ryde Pier, and digitised by Depth.

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