IW Hidden Heroes

Isle of Wight Hidden Heroes shines a light on those who have achieved innovative, fascinating, life-changing or awe-inspiring things whilst on the Island.

With the initial seven Hidden Heroes we delved Hidden Heroes Logointo the past to bring them to life and tell the story of the Island, from the Dinosaur Age right through to the Facebook Age.

As the project developed, curators of museums and members of the public added their ‘heroes’ too, from disability campaigners to firefighters, from fundraisers to inventors, and from skateboard legends to champions of the Arts.

Bruce Laker / Phaedra Kelly: Transgender campaigner, poet and musician passes away

bruce laker with hat

A campaigner for the rights of those in the trans community, a musician, artist and poet, Bruce Laker/Phaedra J Kelly passed away earlier this month. The funeral service takes place on Friday. Our thoughts are with all Bruce/Phaedra's family and friends.

Thursday, 28th February, 2019 1:51pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

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

It’s not too late to share your very own Isle of Wight Hidden Heroes

eyes looking to the right

You can submit as many Hidden Heroes as you like – that way, the pride you have in your ancestors can be shared with the rest of the Isle of Wight. OnTheWight has the details of this project that celebrates remarkable people who have done remarkable things.

Thursday, 18th October, 2018 4:39pm

By Sally Perry

Did you or a family member know powerboat racer, Joe Carstairs?

joe carstairs - with joe harris - classic boat museum

Westward Ho! Productions are filming a documentary about Joe Carstairs and would like to hear from residents on the Isle of Wight who had a connection with Joe, whether that was personally or professionally.

Wednesday, 27th June, 2018 2:23pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Isle of Wight Hidden Heroes artwork now installed at IBM UK HQ

Ferry Lights by Deborah Davies at IBM South Bank

An artwork commissioned for the Isle of Wight Hidden Heroes exhibition has now been installed at IBM's headquarters on London's Southbank. They too, can watch the IW ferries crossing the Solent.

Thursday, 14th June, 2018 1:19pm

By Simon Perry with one comment

Celebrate (USA’s) Maritime Day with a trip to the Classic Boat Museum Gallery

joe carstairs - with joe harris - classic boat museum

In the United States today, they have a national holiday celebrating the birth of their maritime industry. We take a look at one American who had a big impact on the industry on the Isle of Wight back in the 1920s.

Tuesday, 22nd May, 2018 11:21am

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Isle of Wight Hidden Hero, Julia Margaret Cameron, on our TV screens again

tomasz and gail at dimbola

You might not realise it, but meteorologist Tomasz Schafernaker is also a great artist. On Monday evening he'll be exploring Dimbola Museum and Galleries and learning more about Julia Margaret Cameron's pioneering photographic techniques.

Saturday, 28th April, 2018 5:58pm

By Sally Perry

Last Jutish King of the Isle of Wight celebrated on St Arwald’s Day

king arwald - nigel george

Did you know that Arwald was the last Jutish pagan King in England? He lived on the Isle of Wight, way back in 686 AD and is celebrated today, Sunday 22nd April, on St Arwald's Day. He died defending the Island from a merciless Anglo-Saxon barbarian.

Sunday, 22nd April, 2018 11:07am

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Isle of Wight Hidden Heroes: Experts return for final panel discussion

panel discussion

If you missed any of the Hidden Heroes talks over the last 11 weeks, this is a great opportunity to hear some of the historians once again discuss and debate their favourite Isle of Wight Hidden Heroes.

Tuesday, 27th March, 2018 5:09pm

By Sally Perry

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

Discover more Isle of Wight Hidden Heroes at the Museum of Island History (for free!)

Newport Guildhall

This is your chance to see items from the Heritage collection that is usually tucked away in a secret location, find out more about some of the Island's Hidden Heroes and talk to Heritage experts.

Tuesday, 13th March, 2018 10:03am

By Sally Perry with one comment

Historian beats death to talk on Hidden Heroes and raise money for air ambulance

christopher rhodes in dangerman

After collapsing suddenly a month ago and being airlifted to Southampton Hospital, Mei Trow has bounced back and is raring to go. Hear him talk on Wednesday about his Isle of Wight Hidden Heroes.

Monday, 12th March, 2018 3:06pm

By Paul Armfield