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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Our 'Ryde Characters' have been out and about again, making a return visit to the Elim Church Senior Circle on Wednesday 3rd August 2016 at their premises in Albert Street.


The RSHG Members Meeting at the George St Centre on Saturday 9 July was very enjoyable and 40 people attended. After the main business with updates on the Group's activities, Mark Wingham gave an excellent talk on 'The Golden Age of Picture Postcards.'


Year 5 from Greenmount Primary School visited Ryde Cemetery with their teacher Mr Alabie. The visit was part of their Victorian studies this term. The children moved around different activities including walks, mapping and research.


In May our busy research team added 33 biographical records to names on the website, including that of Edward Vinter Matthews.


To toast Her Majesty on the event of her 90th birthday, an open day was held at Ryde Cemetery Heritage and Learning Centre on Tuesday 19th April.


In March our busy research team added 40 biographical records to the website, including that of three members of the well-known Purnell family of Ryde, who ran a business at 7 and 8 High-street


40 people attended the recent RSHG Members Meeting at the George St Centre. After the business of the meeting our visiting speaker, Sheila Caws, gave a presentation - "A Gentleman's View around Ryde." This was a fascinating talk on Fernao de Castel Branco, the self-styled Count of Ryde.