Shanklin Heritage Centre

Shanklin Attractions

Shanklin Esplanade., Shanklin, PO37 6BW
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The Heritage Centre is devoted to the exhibition "THE ISLAND - THEN AND NOW", a pictorial history of the Isle of Wight, which combines several topics featured in previous displays with many new story-board themes and historical artefacts, dealing with widely-ranging subjects and includes 13 reproductions of some of the unique pictures of Island life in the Georgian period produced by the brilliant artist, satirist and cartoonist, Thomas Rowlandson. Displayed separately in the Chine's Tea Room, they depict in watercolour many of the scenes noted by Rowlandson (1756-1827) and his brother-in-law, Samuel Hewitt (1756-1822), during their visits to the Isle of Wight and on the journeys they made to and from the Island. Another notable section features "VICTORY '45 - 60TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL", together with a small commemoration to NELSON and his Island connections, for example where his Navy obtained their water (remains of the wells can still be seen today). Within the Heritage Centre is the PLUTO ROOM which contains fascinating old photographs and pictures, depicting Shanklin Chine's wartime use as a commando training area prior to the Dieppe Raid, together with the part played in the development and deployment of the most valuable petrol pipeline to Europe - PLUTO (Pipe Line Under The Ocean).