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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Ryde Arts Festival Week 2 – 11 July 2010

Now in its 10th year the Ryde Arts Festival is the largest mixed arts event to take place on the Isle of Wight.

From 2 – 11 July an infusion of local artists, musicians, performers and featured events will be staged at various locations throughout the town, both indoors and out.

In St Thomas Heritage Centre, St Thomas Street RSHG has a small historical exhibition that visitors will be able to view during a number of events in the centre. There are two themes to the exhibition:

Music featuring a mixture of the Musical Heritage of Ryde including detail about The Dunford Orchestra, Big Bands, Dances, Cinemas and Concerts.

Journeys to and from Ryde, including famous visitors to the town, emigration to new lands, visits to America and Europe in the 1800s, coach tours and excursions by land and sea.

St Thomas will be open for 5 events during the week and the exhibition will on display during these events:
Fri 2 July 7.30pm String Quartet
Mon 5 July 2pm Rainbow Wight singers and Loft Poets
Thurs 8 July 7.30pm Evening recital with Lydia Fleming
Fri 9 July 7pm Gilbert & Sullivan Karaoke
Sat 10 July 2.30pm Niki B’s Note-orious tea party (music and cakes)

RSHG has also assisted artist Karen Grainger by providing many old photographs of people of Ryde to use in her art installation in the Garden of Rest at St Thomas Heritage Centre. The installation is called I Am Not Afraid.


‘I am not afraid’ is a series of other worldly installations from island artists Lisa Traxler and Karen Grainger.

Inspired by cultural beliefs and perceptions of life and death and the rituals we follow, you are invited to immerse yourself in this contemporary public art piece that will question what is here and what is there?

Images from the I Am Not Afraid installation

We also recommend that you visit the Depozitory in Nelson Street, where you will be able to see some very creative work by local artists, and, on Sunday if you would like, even create a piece or art yourself.

Pathway Over the Sea by Tim Johnson:

For details of all the events taking place this week and for opening times of St Thomas Heritage Centre, please visit the Ryde Arts Festival website (link below)