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Here are details of the next three forthcoming events in the Victorian Society Calendar:

 

 

Forthcoming Lecture on Friday 29th September 2023:

Capturing The Capital:

Discover Douglas through Public Records

Elizabeth Corlett of the Isle of Man Public Records office on the work that goes on behind the scenes to preserve the Island’s memory.

This is a wonderful opportunity to experience the change and growth in Douglas through the 19th and early 20th centuries by way of plans once held by Douglas Corporation from Building By-Law applications.

Elizabeth’s talk takes place at the Barbara Cottier Lecture Theatre

at St. Ninian's High School at 8pm.

Non-members most welcome

Admission Members Free, Non-Members 2 contribution to room hire. Includes light refreshments.
Please use the Somerset Road Entrance (faces the rear car park) for vehicles and pedestrians

 

 

 

Forthcoming Lecture on SATURDAY 28th October 2023:

VICTORIAN AND EDWARDIAN BUILDINGS OF IMPORTANCE

The annual joint lecture with MNH

London based lecturer Jonathan Kewley will share with us the contents of

Pevsner’s Isle of Man, of which he is the author.

Jonathan’s talk takes place at the Manx Museum Lecture Theatre

Doors will open at 2:00pm for a 2:30pm prompt start.

Non-members most welcome

 

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Forthcoming Lecture on Friday 24th November 2023:

Bridges - from stone slabs

 to Victorian pinnacles

Dave Martin will give a fully illustrated talk

 on the Island’s bridges


Dave’s talk will take place at the Barbara Cottier Lecture Theatre

at St. Ninian's High School at 8pm.

Non-members most welcome

Admission Members Free, Non-Members 2 contribution to room hire. Includes light refreshments.
Please use the Somerset Road Entrance (faces the rear car park) for vehicles and pedestrians

 

 

August 22nd 2023

Edition No 120 of the Isle of Man Victorian Society Newsletter

has been published and posted out to members! 

The latest edition is another bumper 48 pages!  Made freely available to fully paid up  members.

Discover the following news, stories and information on interesting and important Manx Victorian related heritage -

  • A 120-family dynasty in Castletown
  • Baillie Scott’s birds trashed!
  • Three more fiery Welsh dragons
  • A Pier of the Realm.
  • Tour of the MER Workshops.
  • The wife who fell out of the window making the bed.
  • Victorian Unworthies come to light.
  • The haunted bedroom chair at Milntown.
  • The lost lines of the Steam Railway.
  • Homefield – gone.
  • Windows smashed in Peel cottages but owners didn’t care.
  • Two new Manx books to buy
  • The first horse drawn buses on the Isle of Man.

Thank you to everyone who helped staff the Camera Obscura this season, and to you too if you visited this unique Manx landmark building and tourist attraction. There are just a few days left to see it this season!

 

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               See the latest addition to our Heritage Grants Page!

 

 

Forthcoming Events for Victorian Society Members!

 To find out when and where we are holding these special visits, join the society to see the exact locations, dates and times on the back page of the newsletter!

Sulby Churches guided walk

with Peter Kelly

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Visit to David Cain’s

Workshop and Castle

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A Guided Tour of Milntown

with Charles Guard

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Visit to the MER Workshops


Note for members: some of these visits require advance booking, so please check your current newsletter for further information!

 

 

Forthcoming Lecture on Friday 28th April 2023:

The Isle of Man Victorian Society invites you to join them in this celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Isle of Man Steam Railway to witness Mike Buttell’s presentation on

THE LOST LINES OF

THE ISLE OF MAN STEAM RAILWAY

Mike’s talk takes place at the Barbara Cottier Lecture Theatre

at St. Ninian's High School at 8pm.

Non-members most welcome

Admission Members Free, Non-Members 2 contribution to room hire. Includes light refreshments.
Please use the Somerset Road Entrance (faces the rear car park) for vehicles and pedestrians

 

 

CAMERA OBSCURA 2023

Volunteers from the Society operate the Camera Obscura up on Douglas Head on weekends and bank holidays during the summer season.

If you are currently a volunteer participating in this work please check your emails and letter post for information from Secretary Ruth Kelly seeking availability from 29th April to 1st May and 7th to 8th May.

If you are interested in the Camera Obscura and would like to help out (it’s a duty of up to 2 hours, maybe twice a year) then please get in touch with us and we will be happy to train new volunteers and work with you. Volunteers always work in pairs and you will always meet interesting visitors to the Island!

 

 

March 28th 2023

Edition No 119 of the Isle of Man Victorian Society Newsletter

has been published and posted out to members! 

Another 48 page bumper edition, made freely available to fully paid up  members.

  • The Manx International Exhibition
  • The Cake Walk comes to Douglas
  • Congratulations to ‘Mr Laxey’
  • Falcons from Port Erin for the King
  • What was lost under Baldwin Reservoir?
  • Where were the earliest ‘Flicks’ in Douglas?
  • Red and Yellow buildings in the Isle of Man
  • The changing life of a Douglas horse tram
  • Queen’s Pier – past , present and future.
  • Victorian Chemists and their mixtures
  • The Restoration of Laxey Wheel
  • Baillie Scott’s passion for beaten copper
  • Modern Demolition and Destruction on Woodbourne Road!
     

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Forthcoming Event - Lecture on Friday 31st March 2023:

The Isle of Man Victorian Society welcomes you to join us at their meeting on Friday 31st March when Professor Angela Little will look at the dramatic changes in schools and schooling in the Isle of Man following the Lieutenant Governor’s promotion of the education Act of 1872.

 Unlocking Loch’s Legacy in Education

The venue is the Barbara Cottier Lecture Theatre

at St. Ninian's High School at 8pm.

Please use the Somerset Road entrance.

Non-members most welcome

Admission Members Free, Non-Members 2 contribution to room hire. Includes light refreshments.
Please use the Somerset Road Entrance (faces the rear car park) for vehicles and pedestrians

 

 

Friday 24th February 2023:

The Isle of Man Victorian Society welcomes you to join us at their meeting on Friday 24th February when well-known local nautical historian, John Kelly, will give a Power Point presentation

 Wreck and Rescue on the Manx Coast

John's talk will include images from his comprehensive collection and will cover wrecks on the Manx coast, the work of the Rocket Brigade, lifeboats, lighthouses and lightships.


The venue is the Barbara Cottier Lecture Theatre

at St. Ninian's High School at 8pm.

Please use the Somerset Road entrance.

Non-members most welcome

Admission Members Free, Non-Members 2 contribution to room hire. Includes light refreshments.
Please use the Somerset Road Entrance (faces the rear car park) for vehicles and pedestrians

 

 

Friday 27th January 2023:

The IOM Victorian Society invites you to join us to see

Graham Curphey's presentation

Queens Pier - Past, Present, Future

Graham's illustrated talk takes place at 8pm.

PLEASE NOTE: This will be preceded by the AGM for Society members

 which will start at 7:30pm 

The venue is the St Ninian’s High School Barbara Cottier lecture theatre, 8pm .

Admission Members Free, Non-Members 2 contribution to room hire. including light refreshments.
Please use the Somerset Road Entrance (faces the rear car park) for vehicles and pedestrians.