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Taishbynys – Y Cholloo – The Calf – Presentation

Dessie Robinson is a born story-teller, and his time spent as a warden on the Calf of Man was the basis for many a tale about people, places and things associated in one way or another with the history and natural history in and around the Calf.

With his ready wit and fund of stories, […]

Taishbynys – Ynsagh ayns Purt ny Hinshey – Presentation

Three-and-a-half centuries of ‘Education for All’ in Peel

Professor Angela Little followed up on her presentation to us last time about the history of ‘Education for All’ in the south of the Island by extending her research to Peel. Education here has been strongly linked with Philip Christian, born in 1593, and whose family home in […]

Taishbynys – Manx Wildlife – Presentation

Steve Wright is enthusiastic about wildlife, and his enthusiasm is infectious. Taking his audience with him as he spoke in a knowledgeable and often amusing way, he gave an overview of some of the species we might see, but also explained the interplay between animals and birds and insects, as well as the plant life […]

Taishbynys – Sooill y Joarree : The Stranger’s Eye on Mann in the 1790s

There was a good turnout for our first meeting of 2023 which focussed on the Island as it appeared to the artist, John ‘Warwick’ Smith, in the 1790s.

In 1950, the Director of the Manx Museum, Basil Megaw, visited Blair Atholl, the seat of the Dukes of Atholl in Perthshire. As well as views of Perthshire […]

Taishbynys – Stephen Miller RBV – Presentation

“Talking and telling stories about the fairies”: Manx Fairy Lore

More than 100 people were present to enjoy this joint presentation by the Manx Branch of the Celtic Congress and Culture Vannin by Stephen Miller RBV.

The presentation was recorded by Culture Vannin and can be seen by clicking here.

Stephen gave his own outline of his presentation […]

Traders of the Lost Arts

Gura mie mooar ec Nicola Tooms – grateful thanks indeed to Nicola Tooms for giving us an overview of how the Manx Museum embarked on its collection of artefacts associated with the skills which people developed in occupations which were vital to everyday life but which were recognised from quite early on in the 20th […]

Laksey trooid ny Bleeantyn – Laxey through the Years

Jack Kaighin took us on a wide-ranging tour of Laxey that started with an image of the harbour area and bridge with a fair going on and took us right up to the foot of Snaefell and the mines – the unfortunate scene of a great disaster in 1897. Jack has a great collection of […]

Eeastaght Phurt ny Hinshey – Peel Fishery

The presentation by Marion Keelan and Ian Coulson began with scenes of fishing boats under sail, the nickeys. The rig for the nickeys is said to have come from Cornwall, and it’s a well-known fact that all Cornish fishermen are called Nicholas, hence the name, so an appropriate start on Gool Peran, St Piran’s Day.

Starting in the days […]

Purt ny Hinshey veih mulleeyn ny thieyn – Peel from the rooftops

Was there anybody there? Well, the room was full for Stewart Bennett’s presentation about Peel as many of us have never seen it – from the rooftops. But it was the reminiscences, the yarns, the tales, the scandals associated with them that seemed to bring lots of knockings and tappings when some of the stories […]

Blaaghyn Feie – Wild Flowers

Blaaghyn Feie – Wild Flowers  – A slide show with John ‘Dog’ Callister 

John ‘Dog’ Callister’s presentation about Wild Flowers on 15th May 2021 was a great opportunity to learn some of what to look out when we go for a walk – especially with the orchid season not too far away, and an opportunity to visit Close Sartfield […]

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