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BOTANIC GARDEN OPENS HERITAGE CENTRE

ventnorbotanicoldhospitalA newly developed all-weather attraction has been opened at Ventnor Botanic Gardens.

With displays, videos, and historical artefacts, the new Heritage Centre explores the history of the Royal National Hospital for Diseases of the Chest that once occupied the site.

Friends of the Garden and local historians have helped to create The Heritage Centre. Jonyth Hill and Professor Robin McInnes, a descendent of E.F. Laidlaw who wrote the book “The Story of the Royal National Hospital Ventnor,” have contributed photographs and diary accounts from staff and patients.

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New information boards have been created to help bring the history of the Hospital to life and visitors can learn about the day to day life of patients as well as the Hospital’s development and legacy.

John Curtis, Director of VBG commented:

“We have a small but rich display that is growing as the presence of the Heritage Centre encourages people to share stories, photographs, and personal archives. We also unearthed signs, tribute plaques, crockery, and other artefacts all over the site originally from the Hospital and its Chapel. This opening is important because it connects with the history of healing at VBG – one we hope to rejuvenate as the Garden develops events like the Healing Festival.”

The Heritage Centre is located inside the grounds of Ventnor Botanic Garden where Admission fees apply. There is no additional charge to visit the Heritage Centre. Ventnor Botanic Garden is open daily from 10:00.

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