As the title suggests, the three week event focuses on the story of former residents of Cowes, Northwood and Gurnard, and the homes they lived in. Well over 40 residents are being highlighted through text and photographs on display boards and in many folders.
At a pre-launch reception last Friday, attended by specially invited guests including town mayor Geoff Banks, an official opening was performed by Janet Griffin, a vice president of the Isle of Wight Family History Society. Although now living in East Cowes she previously resided in Cowes where her father was a local policeman.
She was presented with a pot plant by the Cowes Heritage chairman, John Groves (pictured).
In addition the sort of items that could well have been found in local homes of yesteryear were on display, including several loaned by the Island’s Museum Service through Carisbrooke Castle Museum. The exhibition also sees the launch of two new Cowes Heritage books: ‘Freddie Dinnis of Cowes’, written by his son, Alan Dinnis, and ‘Reflections and Memories of a Withyskinner and Apprentice, 1931-1952’, by Bob Burton.
The exhibition, which opened to the public at the Regatta Centre, Bath Road, last Saturday (19th October), is open daily, 10:00 – 16:00 until Sunday 10th November.
Admission is free, although donations are welcome.