12 Pomona Road
Isle of Wight
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- House in The Chine
- Nature Trail
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Enjoy the unique beauty of Shanklin Chine - one of the most popular attractions on the Isle of Wight.
When you wander through the tranquil setting of this historic gorge, take time to just sit and look and listen. At Shanklin Chine, you are in a magic world of natural beauty, a rich haven of rare plants, woodland, wildlife and an enchanting waterfall.
The story of Shanklin Chine encompasses subjects of interest to all age groups from geology to smuggling, shipwrecks to PLUTO and of course the wondrous scenery.
JMW Turner Exhibition continues................
2014 sees the final year of "Turner's Isle of Wight Landscapes and the Discovery of Shanklin Chine". Following his journey around the Island from his Sketchbook of 1795. We also mark the 200th anniversary of William Daniell's 'Voyage Round Great Britain, 1814-25'. One of the greatest aquatint artists, we are showing twelve of his Isle of Wight pictures, including Shanklin Chine, two of which have recently been discovered.
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 commemorating the 70th Anniversary of D-Day and details of the U.S. Rangers who trained in the Chine are also displayed.
40 Royal Marine Commando
There is also an account of the use of the Chine as a training ground for 40 Royal Marine Commando.
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 - 1996: Victory 45
1997 - 1999: Poets and The Island
2000 - 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 - 2008: Flora of the Island
2009 - 2011: Aviation of the Island
2012 - 2013: Historic Jubilee