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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Exhibition at Binstead Methodist Church
Exhibition at Binstead Methodist Church

Two different one-day exhibitions started our May programme of events.

The first on Bank Holiday Monday, 4 May, at Binstead Methodist Church Open Day attracted a steady stream of visitors to see our exhibition on Binstead and Early Ryde. Shelagh and Ann were on hand during the day to answer questions and queries and were able to help a number of people with their research. Members of the church exhibited decorated CDs, with our own Shelagh designing a beach scene for one of the windows. Refreshments, light lunches and cream teas were served during the day.


Our second exhibition of the week took place at Northwood House, Cowes on Saturday 9 May for the Isle of Wight Family History Society Conference and AGM. The theme for the day was ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailmaker’ and covered trades and occupations over the centuries. Our display gave an insight into the many varied trades and workmen of Ryde from builders, engineers, blacksmiths and chimney sweeps to milkmen, bakers, florists, retailers and inventors. The day’s programme included talks from Derek Sprake, Richard Smout and Janet Few, the AGM, exhibits from 17 local groups and organisations, and a raffle. Refreshments were provided by Northwood Women’s Institute including light lunches and lots of delicious cakes!


Our Trades and Professions exhibition will continue in Ryde Library, George Street, Ryde from Tuesday 12 May until Saturday 6 June. The library is open Monday to Saturday (except Thursdays) with late evening opening until 7 on Wednesdays.