Ryde Social Heritage Group research the social history of the citizens of Ryde, Isle of Wight. Documenting their lives, businesses and burial transcriptions.
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About Ryde Social Heritage Group

Ryde Social Heritage Group (RSHG) formed in 2002 aims to widen the appreciation of local history, help support people to learn about Ryde’s past and their own local histories, and record and preserve the local history of Ryde, Isle of Wight.

The Group is researching the social history of the citizens of Ryde, documenting their lives and businesses, recording their places of burial including the memorial inscriptions, and promoting and publishing the findings in electronic and printed formats.

In June 2008 RSHG successfully completed a Lottery funded project called Ryde’s Heritage, Our Town, Your Histories. Details about the project can be found throughout this website.


Ryde Social Heritage Group Membership

Ryde Social Heritage Group is a membership organisation. The Membership year runs from 1 October to 30 September members are requested to pay when they join and to renew subscriptions at the AGM in October. The annual subscription is currently £12 for an individual, £20 for a couple (or small family) living at the same address.

We also offer a Lifetime Membership for individuals at a one off payment of £100.

To become a member of Ryde Social Heritage Group please send us a message using the Contact page.


Ryde Social Heritage Group Magazine – BEYOND THE GRAVES

Members of RSHG receive four magazines each year, published to coincide with the Members’ meetings, in January, April, July and October each year.  From October 2006, our quarterly magazines have had a theme for the articles.

Non-members can read past editions of the Magazine (i.e over one year old) by clicking here.


Below we include Information on some of our most active members, in alphabetical order, and the current Committee:

  • Ann Barrett is a founder member and the Research Co-ordinator for the Group. She worked in admin and has always been very interested in history, and in particular, both local and family history.
  • Stephen Day joined the Committee October 2015 and has been very involved in history around the Island.
  • Shelagh Gaylard is a Committee Member, interested in Heritage and Family History, arranges talks for the Group, and outings during the year, to places of interest on the Island.
  • Barbara Hunt  joined the Committee in October 2011. She has lived in Ryde for the past 40 years, having moved from Reading as a child. She loves Ryde and it’s history and enjoys researching her own family tree.
  • Kate MacDonell is Secretary of the Group and also deals with school liaison. She is a retired teacher and has lived in Ryde for over 30 years. Kate enjoys all aspects of history.
  • Tracy Welstead  is a life long resident of the Island; living in the Ryde area for the last 32 years, where she worked in education.  She has a keen interest in local history and joined the committee in September 2016.
  • Arthur Williams is Treasurer. He is a retired accountant and a native of Ryde who has always been interested in history.
  • Many other members contribute at meetings, and support the work of the various Work Groups (Transcribing, Publications, Mapping, Research, Natural History, and Family History).