The Isle of Man Victorian Society started a Heritage Fund at a coffee morning in the 1980’s to support local organisations with the restoration of Victorian and Edwardian items. Funds stood at a few hundreds of pounds for many years but was enlarged from 2005 thanks to the Camera Obscura in Douglas.
The Society has operated the Great Union Camera Obscura since it reopened in 2005. Whilst owned by Government, the Society has been permitted to retain the takings given as it is our volunteers who operate the building throughout the holiday season. As a result, the takings are placed in our Heritage Account and used to assist charities and other groups or individuals to ensure other Victorian and Edwardian buildings or objects are kept for future generations to enjoy and appreciate
Regrettably the Covid 19 pandemic has meant the Victorian Society Organising Committee took the decision in March 2020 to suspend these activities during 2020 and will seek to resume them in 2021 or 2022 when fully safe to do so. This was because the majority of our volunteers are classed by the NHS to fall within one or more of the ‘vulnerable’ medical categories.
Applications for support funding must be made prior to any work being carried out. This cannot cover general maintenance works. Where we have contributed to the repair of wet and dry rot these were discovered unexpectedly. We do not give 100% grants but what we give is intended to ‘prime the pump’ in the hope of encouraging others to give. Here are some examples of works where we have helped. Victorian Society Members can read more details on these grants in the Newsletter articles detailed at the end of each item.
If you have a project you would the Victorian Society to consider for support, further details and application forms are available on request throughout the year - please see our Contact Us page. Each application is considered on its merits by our Organising Committee which includes our Case Worker.