Saturday 3rd May 2014 Northwood House, Cowes, Isle of Wight

The Wight at War title The Wight at War : IW Riflemen at Watford

Saturday 3rd May 2014

One Day Conference and Annual General Meeting

Northwood House, Cowes, Isle of Wight PO31 8AZ

The Theme will be "The Wight at War : 1914-1919" - exhibitors and speakers as given below.

More details will be published as we firm up on speakers and exhibitors.

The agenda for the AGM was published in the Feb 2014 Journal.

All arrangements are subject to change - please check this web page to confirm the latest information


The following groups and organisations are expected to be in attendance (all subject to final confirmation) :

Isle of Wight Scout Groups
Historic Ryde Society
Gurnard and Northwood 1914 - 1918 project
The National Trust (Needles Old Battery)
East Cowes Heritage
The Friends of Northwood Cemetery
Isle of Wight County Record Office
Hunnyhill School / Albany Barracks research

Cowes Heritage Group
Ryde Social Heritage Group
Freshwater and Totland Archive Group
The War Memorials Trust
The Isle of Wight County Press
The Isle of Wight Rifles Living History Society
The Hampshire Genealogical Society
'Yarmouth and Thorley Voices'

- capturing the history of the area from long-standing residents


The following speakers are expected to be in attendance :

Harry Willis Fleming, Willis Fleming Historical Trust

Richard Smout, Heritage Service Manager, Isle of Wight Council

John Medland, Local Historian and lecturer


The outline Programme is as follows :

10.00Exhibition opens
10.30IWFHS Members reception
11.00Richard Smout
12.00IWFHS AGM (IWFHS Members only)
12.30Lunch break - Exhibition continues
14.00John Medland
15.00Afternoon break
15.30Harry Willis Fleming
16.30Exhibition continues
17.00Exhibition closes

Location and directions

Northwood House is situated in Northwood Park, with the main entrance to the Exhibition via Ward Avenue, through the Rotunda.

Limited parking (fee payable) will be available on the approach road to the Rotunda. The Ward Avenue car park (fee payable) is nearby, and there is limited free on street parking in Ward Avenue and the neighbouring streets.

Pre-booked disabled parking will be available on request.

Public transport :

Northwood House is served by Southern Vectis buses (route 1) from Newport (both services, either via the Round House or the Park & Ride) and the Red Funnel ferry terminal at Cowes. The bus stop is in Park Road, a couple of minutes from the House.

Red Funnel ferries operate a foot passenger service to Cowes (Red Jet) and a vehicle ferry service to East Cowes.

Wightlink ferries operate on the Yarmouth - Lymington (vehicles), Portsmouth - Fishbourne (vehicles) and Portsmouth - Ryde (foot passengers) routes.

Hovertravel operate hovercraft services (foot passengers) from Southsea to Ryde.

There are connecting buses from the ferry ports to Cowes, (usually via Newport), but check with Southern Vectis prior to travel.

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Admission and tickets

The Exhibition areas will be open to all, for a nominal fee of £2.

Children accompanied by adults will be admitted free to the Exhibition areas.

Current and former members of the Armed Services will be admitted free to the Exhibition areas.

Tickets to attend the Exhibition and Talks will be £8 for Members, and £10 for Non-Members.

IWFHS Members who wish to only attend the AGM will be allowed access to the Exhibition, and the Conference Room, for the purpose of attending the AGM.

Tickets may be obtained in advance from the IWFHS Treasurer or on the day. There will be a limit on the number of attendees at the Talks.

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Other information

Northwood House is fully accessible to all, with ramps and level access to all areas. The Exhibition areas and Conference rooms are all on the ground floor.

We are planning to provide light refreshments (at a reasonable cost) for ticket holders attending the talks. Details of these arrangements are to be confirmed.

There are many cafés and restaurants in Cowes town centre, which is about 10 minutes walk from Northwood House.

Can you help ?

We are asking Members to contribute to the Exhibitions by supplying us with photographs, documents and other information about their relatives and their efforts in the Great War. Was your great aunt a nurse at one of the temporary hospitals set up on the Island to treat returning wounded ? Did your great grandfather work at J S White's, building ships and aircraft ?

We are particularly keen to record the experiences of the ordinary man and woman, whether or not they served in the armed forces. Any material you can provide will be copied and acknowledged, but please do not send us any original documents or photographs. If you can scan them as .jpg files, and provide them to Geoff Allan or Sharon Beddard (contact links above), we would be most grateful.

The image in the Island map was supplied to us by the late Mr Edward Edmunds of St Helens. They were originally in the possession of Mr Edmunds' uncle, Frank Hills, who served with the Isle of Wight Rifles, and later the Machine Gun Corps, before and during World War I. You can see more of his photographs at Isle of Wight Rifles photographs.


15 April 2014 :

With less than 3 weeks to go, we are looking forward to an interesting and varied day. Speakers have been confirmed, and we shall be contacting ticket holders to confirm any lunch and parking requirements by e-mail.


IWFHS Chairman - Geoff Allan
Conference Organiser - Sharon Beddard


Northwood House
Southern Vectis
Red Funnel Isle of Wight Ferries