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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This year marks the centenary of the Battle of Jutland which took place between May 31st and June 1st 1916. The Battle of Jutland was a naval battle fought by the British Royal Navy's Grand Fleet under Admiral Sir John Jellicoe, against the Imperial German Navy's High Seas Fleet under Vice-Admiral Reinhard Scheer during the First World War.

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the launch of the official service of BBC television from Alexandra Palace in London. The Isle of Wight Times gave a report on how things were progressing in April 1937.

This was a proud heading in the Isle of Wight County Press of January 1894. Ryde certainly hosted a wide range of entertainments to occupy those long winter nights.

Ryde has always enjoyed festivities during the Christmas season. The local papers reported on the many parties, balls and feasts which took place.

Engaged in one of the strangest experiments ever undertaken are Dr A M Case, formerly house surgeon at the County Hospital, and Mr Kenneth Whittle, granted a year's absence from his position as pathologist at the same institution.

In today's climate of strict rules for Health and Safety a headline like this would not be considered amusing. However 50 years ago one wonders if Roy's parents were even informed of their son's mishap.