Dimbola Museum & Galleries

Dimbola Museum & Galleries, originally home to pioneering Victorian photographer, Julia Margaret Cameron, was saved by from demolition by a band of volunteers and enthusiasts. It’s now home to a museum and galleries on the Isle of Wight.

The Freshwater location has stunning views making it easy to understand why Cameron and her husband were based here.

Isle of Wight’s pioneering Victorian photographer featured on BBC Radio 4 Extra

Julia Margaret Cameron

Tune into BBC Radio 4 Extra on Sunday or catch up via the Sounds App to hear how Julia Margaret Cameron changed portraiture forever, thanks to her life-size reproduction of the head.

Tuesday, 15th January, 2019 1:15pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

‘Art and Identity’ portrait exhibition of ‘outstanding quality’ ends cultural project

time and tide flyer

Time & Tide has paired local history and the arts to bring opportunities for older people to engage with cultural pursuits. All are welcome to the Private View this Friday.

Tuesday, 8th January, 2019 10:29am

By Hannah Griffiths

Dimbola to host evening of live music, film, theatre and photography

Tunde-Sunara flyers

This evening promises a treat for the soul, both musically and visually. There'll be performances by visual artist Sunara Begum and world-renowned composer Tunde Jegede, as well as exhibition of the images by Dunstan Perera.

Wednesday, 6th June, 2018 12:55pm

By Elissa Blizzard

First UK show at Dimbola for fine art photographer, Honza Sakar

Honza Sakar image without text

Inventing a new way of working with the 19th century wet-collodion process, fine art photographer Honza Sakar, has created an emotionally charged collection of portraits that resonate as artworks. See it at Dimbola from 26th May.

Thursday, 17th May, 2018 7:43pm

By Elissa Blizzard with 2 readers' comments

Major boost for Isle of Wight Arts as MP secures ‘Priority treatment’ from Arts Council

Yes on paper

Museums such as Dimbola, as well as arts organisations such as Ventnor Exchange and Quay Arts will benefit from new priority status with Arts Council.

Wednesday, 2nd May, 2018 11:57am

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

Special entry price this weekend at Dimbola Museum and Galleries

Dimbola lodge

Entry to Dimbola Museum and Galleries this weekend is just £2 per person as part of the Isle of Wight Hidden Heroes campaign. Find out more about the pioneering Victorian Photographer.

Wednesday, 21st March, 2018 7:30am

By Sally Perry

Councillor responds to claims of ‘draconian traffic proposals’

freshwater traffic restriction

Cllr Medland says that although he initially welcomed the parking order he's unsure why the restriction is all year round and 24 hours. You can share your views at the public meeting taking place today (Tuesday).

Tuesday, 2nd January, 2018 12:40pm

By Sally Perry

Don’t miss Barry ‘The Fish’ Melton at Dimbola this week

Country Joe and the Fish

Direct from San Francisco, Dimbola will be hosting a gig this week by the Americana music legend, Barry Melton. You might remember his name from Country Joe and the Fish, as well as The Dinosaurs.

Tuesday, 19th September, 2017 7:48am

By Rachel Tait

‘Portrait of an Island’ showcases contemporary cultural talent on the Isle of Wight

Lincoln Miles by Julian Winslow and Steve Blamire

All are welcome to the Exhibition Preview on Friday 17th July to meet Julian and Steve as well as some of the subject of the exhibition (including yours truly). If you can't make it along, the exhibition runs until 4th October 2015.

Friday, 10th July, 2015 10:13am

By Rachel Tait with one comment

Let’s help Julia Margaret Cameron make the score for the next £20 note

Julia Margaret Cameron for twenty pound note -700

See what we did there? Score ... £20 note ... yes, don't worry we won't give up the day jobs, but we will encourage you to vote for Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron as the next face for the £20 note.

Thursday, 28th May, 2015 6:28pm

By Sally Perry with 33 readers' comments

Join The Nightwatchmen at Dimbola this Sunday for album launch

Dimbola lodge

All are welcome to The Nightwatchman's album launch on Sunday, being held at Dimbola in Freshwater.

Tuesday, 19th May, 2015 8:32am

By Julian Wolfreys

Annie Leibovitz brings ‘Pilgrimage’ to Dimbola

Annie Liebovitz exhibition launch

Renowned US photographer, Annie Leibovitz, is the focus of the current exhibition in the Olympus Galleries at Dimbola, Freshwater.

Monday, 27th April, 2015 11:09am

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood