Exhibitions

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“How well do you know Cowes”.

Our next exhibition Just about everything you ever wanted to know....

Previous Exhibitions

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THE DEVELOPEMENT OF SOMERTON AIRFIELD

Thank you to all our visitors, especially those who left positive comments. It was nice to hear BAE , Plessey, Siemens & Decca employees past & present reminiscing and commenting on the photos & material on display....

opening

Celebration

The 2015 Exhibition featured events that happened on Cowes & district that made people happy....

mangle

A Decade of Change 1910-1920.

Cowes Heritage’s latest exhibition was held at Regatta House. This decade saw huge social & economic changes. The First World War affected every family in the land & Cowes saw its share of loss & suffering. Clearly this terrible conflict is central to our exhibition however we felt that other...

Norman Butchers

Who do you think lived here?

The 2013 exhibition featured houses in Cowes & district & the people who lived in them. Fine Victorian Houses; many sadly replace by modern blocks of flats. Interesting people some famous some just well known locals. Pictures: Norman Butchers, farmer, milkman & local councillor. Pallance Farm Northwood. Villa Rothsay, home...

Royal Yacht Britannia

Cowes in the 1950s

Our 2012 event proved to be yet another successful exhibition. There were nearly 1800 visitors during the three weeks we were open. Thank you to those who wrote the many positive comments; this makes our efforts seem well worth while. We were very pleased with the praise for those who...

Northwood House

The Story of Northwood House

The Story of Northwood House and the once influential Ward family and its many Isle of Wight properties. With fascinating displays also showing this well known listed Cowes House was a school, nunnery, wartime Red Cross hospital and venue for glittering balls. Our publication “King Ward” is an excellent point...

Nativity

Churches of Cowes, Northwood & Gurnard

In past decades, when it was the norm for a high proportion of the population to attend a church or chapel on Sundays, is the subject of the 2009 exhibition staged by Cowes Heritage. Attendance began at an early age, with children first going to Sunday School and later perhaps...

Early paddle steamer

Transport through the Ages

An exhibition highlighting the particularly rich and diverse history of transport in the Cowes area was the subject of an exhibition staged in 2008. Cowes Transport Through The Ages included a huge number of pictures, plus fascinating text and objects – all intended to give a graphic insight into bygone...

Pram Race

Cowes at Play

Leisure activities of yester-year were celebrated at the 2007 “Cowes at Play”  exhibition. A diverse range of on-shore local past-times in Cowes, Gurnard and Northwood were featured, including sports clubs, carnivals, amateur theatricals, and youth organizations. With the national scout movement marking its centenary, local scouts, guides, brownies and cubs...

ORP Bylskawica

White's of Cowes

Cowes Heritage staged their fourth exhibition in the autumn of 2006, featuring J Samuel White’s a Cowes shipyard that made a huge impact on the industrial life of the Isle of Wight, and built some of this country’s finest warships and commercial vessels. The shipyard, which employed over 3,000 people...

Browns now Sainsburys

The Changing Face of Cowes

Cowes Heritage’s second exhibition was held in November 2004. It considered just how much the centre of Cowes has changed over the years. Although many historic buildings have survived, including the Vectis Tavern and the Union, other prominent buildings have disappeared. The most dramatic changes have occurred in the area...

Americas Cup

Maritime Cowes

Maritime Cowes, the third of Cowes Heritage’s exhibitions, focused on the many local companies that have helped maintain the town’s enviable reputation as a centre for building and servicing yachts and other boats, and for yacht racing. As well as boat-builders such as Lallows, W A Souter and R &...

Blyskawica

Seventieth anniversary of the bombing of Cowes

This exhibition featured the dreadful events of the 4th/5th May 1942. As well as highlighting the bravery and suffering of the people of Cowes if will also feature the role of the ORP Blyskawica and her brave sailors in the defence of Cowes. Cowes Heritage were honoured to be part...

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Cowes at War.

 June 2004, to coincide with the 60th anniversary of D Day newly formed, Cowes Heritage sought to capture what it was like living in Cowes at a time when England faced the threat of destruction & invasion followed by a push for victory & the joy of street parties to...