As the name suggests, the exhibition directs a fascinating spotlight on homes and the people that once lived in them. Cowes Heritage chairman, John Groves, said:
“This is the 12th exhibition we have staged since we were formed ten years ago. and we hope the results of the painstaking research our members have carried out will be just as well appreciated as with past events.”
Coinciding with the exhibition will be the launch of two new Cowes Heritage-published books: ‘Freddie Dinnis of Cowes’, about the Dinniss family’s boat-building business in Cowes, written by Freddie’s son, Alan; and ‘Reflections and Memories of a Withyskinner and Apprentice 1931-1952′, in which Bob Burton describes his early life in Northwood and apprenticeship with shipbuilders J Samuel White.
Over 40 homes and their one-time residents, in Cowes, Northwood and Gurnard, are featured in the exhibition through written accounts and photographs, many copied from treasured family albums.
Captain Angus Brown, who lived in Nodes Road, Northwood, was mentioned in dispatches for his heroism as an observer in a First World War seaplane from the aircraft carrier Ark Royal. Musical accompaniest and composer Albert Ketelbey, whose works included ‘In a Monastry Garden’, once lived in a now-demolished bungalow in Egypt Hill; and well known Cowes butcher Arthur Cole, of Baring Road, had in his earlier years been shipwrecked off the east coast of Africa when he was serving as a merchant seaman.
Frederick Luter, of Union Road, Cowes was awarded the silver medal by the Royal Humane Society for his vital role in saving fellow crew members of a ship being pounded on rocks on the coast of Northern Ireland. Ernie Holbrook, of Pallance Road and Rew Street, Northwood, who as well as once being an electrician at J Samuel White was a welknown piano teacher and singer with several amateur operatic companies.
The ‘Who Do You Think Lived Here’ exhibition is open at the Regatta Centre daily, 10:00 to 16:00, from 19th October to 10th November. Admission is free. All the Cowes Heritage DVDs and books, including the two latest books, will be available for sale at the event.