Isle of Wight Council

Local History


Farmers at work (Ref: GDS040)

The Record Office holds several thousand illustrations of the Isle of Wight, relating mainly to the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. There are catalogues available for the following areas:-

  • Arreton
  • Bonchurch

  • Brading
  • Brighstone
  • Brooke
  • Calbourne
  • Carisbrooke
  • Chale (Including Blackgang)
  • Cowes
  • East Cowes
  • Gatcombe
  • Godshill
  • Gurnard
  • Mottistone
  • Niton
  • Newport (Part). For a list of the different parts of Newport available in the collection please Click Here
  • St Lawrence

  • Sandown
  • Shalfleet
  • Shanklin
  • Shorwell
  • Totland
  • Ventnor (including Steephill)
  • Whitwell
  • Wootton
  • Wroxall


 Illustrations for the following areas are uncatalogued, but are available to view on request:

  • Alverstone
  • Ashey
  • Bembridge
  • Binstead
  • Carisbrooke
  • Freshwater
  • Lake
  • Luccombe
  • Newchurch
  • Newtown
  • Northwood
  • Sandown
  • Ryde
  • St Helens
  • Totland


There are also two series of aerial photographs, which date from 1956 and 1970 respectively. Catalogues to these two series are available in the search-room



The Record Office also has an extensive postcard collection. For a list of areas covered by our postcard collection, please Click Here


These Illustrations and postcards are available to view in the Record Office search-room. Please consult the Illustrations Catalogues and then order the image in the usual way. We are able to provide photocopies or scans of most of the illustrations subject to the condition of the item and any copyright restrictions. A guide to our reprographics charges is available here.

A very small selection of the illustrations collection is available by clicking the links below:

For selected pictures A-M please Click Here

For selected pictures N please Click Here

For selected pictures S please Click Here

For selected pictures T-Z please Click Here