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:

  • Arreton
  • Bonchurch
  • Brading
  • Brighstone
  • Brooke
  • Calbourne
  • Carisbrooke
  • Chale (Including Blackgang)
  • Cowes
  • East Cowes
  • Gatcombe
  • Godshill
  • Gurnard
  • Mottistone
  • Niton
  • Newport (in part), Newport illustrations list (PDF, 42KB) available in the collection 
  • St Lawrence
  • Sandown
  • Shalfleet
  • Shanklin
  • Shorwell
  • Totland
  • Ventnor (including Steephill)
  • Whitwell
  • Wootton
  • Wroxall.

Uncatalogued illustrations for the following areas are available to view on request:

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

We also have two series of aerial photographs dating from 1956 and 1970 respectively. Catalogues for these photographs are available in the searchroom.


We also have an extensive postcard collection. Access our postcard collection list (PDF, 22KB, 2 pages)

These Illustrations and postcards are available to view in our search room. Consult the Illustrations catalogues and then you may order the image. We are able to provide photocopies or scans of most of the illustrations subject to the condition of the item and any copyright restrictions. Access our reprographics charges information.

A small selection of the illustrations collection is available: