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 on the 1st October, or by the AGM. The annual subscription is £12 per person.

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. We offer various ways to pay your subscription, Cash, Cheque, BACS and Standing Order. If you pay using the Paypal facility, we still need you to let us know you have done so, and to give us your details. We welcome active and non-active members alike. If you wish to join in any activities, speak to us about your preferences.  Being a “Member” does not commit you to being a volunteer; however, active volunteers are always welcome.

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.

These Magazines can read by clicking here.

Officers and Committee (in alphabetical order)

  • Ann Barrett (Membership Secretary) is a founder member and the Research & Publications Co-ordinator for the Group. She has researched for many years and studied history, both local and family history for most of that time.
  • Barbara Hunt (Chairperson) has lived in Ryde for the past 52 years, having moved from Reading as a child. She loves Ryde and its history and enjoys researching her own family tree.
  • Michael Parsley (Treasurer).
  • Margaret Truckel (Minutes Secretary).
  • Honorary President: Richard Smout (I.W. Heritage Services Manager)

Constitution: Updated and adopted 1 October 2022 here

To see what we do and how we work, our Spider Chart is here

Members’ Quarterly Meetings, RSHG hold four a year. Venue for 2024 The George Street Centre, George Street, Ryde, 10.30am – 12.30pm. There is usually a speaker that gives a presentation, which begins between 11.15am and 11.30am.
Dates of these meetings for 2024:
13 January, 6 April, 6 July, 5 October.