200th Anniversary Exhibition

Featuring the fascinating story of Shanklin Chine, with sections on nature, history, geology and art to accompany our new limited edition bicentenary book.


Announcing a new competition winner for 2017 :

“Shanklin Chine: Marvel by Day, Wonder by Night” Photographic Competition

With the best entries being selected for our special bicentenary birthday year photo exhibition in 2017. We have had some great photo’s taken by all ages and will be announcing a winner in the New year. The Winners photo will go on show for visitors to enjoy along with the rest off the exhibitions.


There is a permanent display about PLUTO (Pipe Line Under The Ocean). The display shows the fascinating story of how the pipeline carried petrol to the Allied troops in Normandy. A cross-section of the actual pipe can be seen, together with a short film detailing the story of PLUTO. Special features include details of the U.S. Rangers who trained in the Chine and a new story board commemorating the end of World War II – Victory ’45.

40 Royal Marine Commando.

There is also an account of the use of the Chine as a training ground for 40 Royal Marine Commando.

Previous Exhibitions

The Heritage Centre has a reputation for mounting high-quality, picture-based displays. Previous exhibitions include:

1994 The Isle of Wight D-Day Exhibition
1995 to 1996 Victory 45
1997 to 1999 Poets and The Island
2000 to 2002 Century of Solent Sea and Sail
2003 The Island Then and Now: Dinosaurs to Today
2004 A special feature on D-Day
2005 A special feature on Victory ’45, 60th anniversary, together with a commemoration to Nelson and his Island links
2006 to 2008 Flora of the Island
2009 to 2011 Aviation of the Island
2012 to 2013 Historic Jubilee
2014 JMW Turner & William Daniell – both exhibitions closed through damage to the exhibition room from landslide
2015 Turner’s Isle of Wight Landscapes and the Discovery of Shanklin Chine William Daniell’s ‘Voyage Round Great Britain 1814-25’.


NEW: Enjoy a day & evening visit with our new return tickets in Lumière season. Return visit valid within 7 days.