Bembridge Heritage’s annual exhibition at Bembridge Village Hall next Saturday and Sunday (August 21-22) will look at diverse occupations and businesses in bygone days, from building boats and aeroplanes to bakers and smuggling.

Called Working Bembridge, the exhibition will be a fascinating insight into life in the village during the past century or so.

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The coming of the railway saw Bembridge develop from a scattering of small hamlets into a popular Victorian tourist centre.

As the motor car replaced the train, garages and other new businesses started up to support the expansion of the village.

Isle of Wight County Press:

Bembridge station turntable in 1950.

The story and memories of these developments will engage and fascinate today’s visitors and maybe surprise local residents.

Storyboards and information folders will show what made the village tick. Local historians will recall personal memories. Visitors can dip into the archive database or browse original archive material.

Local history publications will be available to buy. There’s a chance to win a raffle prize and have a welcome cup of tea too.

Isle of Wight County Press:

Bastiani and Osborne's baker's cart.

Bembridge Heritage chairman, Verena Sparrow, said: “I’m hoping that this exhibition will re-kindle memories and personal histories of working lives as well as showing how this village has sustained and developed.”

The exhibition in Bembridge Village Hall open from 10am to 4pm next Saturday and Sunday.

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