Local studies and maritime collections
Isle of Wight Local Studies
If you have an interest in local history, you can borrow books free of charge from the local collections in all of our libraries. Reference collections, newspapers, journals, parish magazines, trade directories, and electoral registers are held in the County Records Office in Newport.
To contact Lord Louis Library and all library services, call 01983 823824 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To contact the County Record Office, call 01983 823821 or email email@example.com.
We recommend that you call or email before your visit to make an appointment.
Cowes and other maritime collections
To access the Cowes Maritime Collection, visit Cowes Library, Beckford Road, Cowes, IW PO31 7SG, or call 01983 293341.
More extensive archives, such as illustrations and ships’ drawings, are held elsewhere on the Island.
To contact the Isle of Wight Heritage Service, call 01983 823433 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cowes Maritime Collection contains an array of books and journals on all aspects of yachting and boating from the earliest days of yachting to the present. The collection covers marine activities, including:
- boat maintenance
- deep water cruising
- dinghy sailing
- power boats
- offshore racing.
The collection is available during normal library opening hours.
The Cowes area played an important role in the development of marine industries in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Apart from the world-famous shipbuilders J Samuel White & Co, companies in Cowes and East Cowes developed all types of craft from sea planes to hovercraft and at one time were involved in the British contribution to the Space Race.