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22nd July 2020 Newsletter Number 112 Published

The 112th edition of the Isle of Man Victorian Society’s Newsletter was published and distributed to members. on 21st July 2020.

This 40 page edition is full of information not previously published and answers the following questions:

·        Which Victorian vicar had the reputation for getting in to fights ?
·        Was Prince Albert’s Cottage built in Ramsey ?
·        What is the significance of eleven o’clock ?
·        Where was an organ operated by water ?
·        Who described Baillie Scott’s work as ‘comical’?
·        What did the Steam Railway do with Knockaloe huts?
·        Who was the true champion of votes for Manx women?
·        Which Manx sailing ship was cut in half in the Mersey by a steam ship ?

There is also the chance to buy a piece of Baillie Scott furniture designed for a Deemster and the identity of “The Anonymous Chronicler” of the Victorian Society, a secret like the identity of Banksy, is finally  revealed after 40 years!

Our next meeting will be the AGM on Friday 29th January 2021 assuming CV19 measures do not preclude it. We have kept our members wellbeing at heart as many of them lie with the ‘vulnerable’ category.

All subscriptions are now valid to the end of 2021 so you will receive three Newsletters during 2020 free of charge.


20th April 2020. Newsletter Number 111 Published
Edition Number 111 of the Isle of Man Victorian Society’s Newsletter has now been published and distributed to members. Published in April 2020 it coincides with the very first newsletter published in April 1980 – 40 years ago.

This edition has 48 pages absolutely packed with information and photographs. Many of the articles yet again contain information not previously known about the Victorian and  Edwardian period in the Isle of Man.

Learn about what could have been Baillie Scott’s last commission on the Isle of Man being thwarted by a very stubborn Lieutenant Governor and how an Onchan builder helped him with a makeover of the Red House before he sold it.

Read about talks and visits that have taken place and get to know about the early circuses in Douglas or the history of Whitehouse in Kirk Michael and members’ visit there as well as to Groudle Glen and how Union Mills got its name.

Discover how the society commemorated the bi-centenary of Queen Victoria’s birth with a competition for secondary school pupils and prizes totalling £1,000. The Jonathon Green Trophy was presented to a well deserving primary school again this year, find out why. Read through the long list of new books recently published and written by members of the society and of achievements of some of the members. Two large huts from the former alien internment camp at Knockaloe were erected for entertainment purposes in Douglas and Ramsey after the Great War but each had its problems, get to know why. The front cover show member Sandy Cross who has just completed the Herculean task of researching and compiling four volumes of details on architects in the Isle of Man from 1793 to 1960, the majority Victorian and Edwardian, and there is lots more besides..

Newsletter 111 is circulated free to all members. For membership details please see the membership page.

If this is the first time you have viewed the new IOM Victorian Society web site and have any suggestions for what you would like to see here, please get in touch!

25th March 2020. Membership Events Card Published

The 2020/2021 events card has been posted to members along with a brief letter explaining the postponement of the events for the foreseeable future whilst the Covid 19 emergency is with us. Newsletter 111 is being prepared and should be issued soon.

18th March 2020. Coronavirus (Covid 19)

In line with other societies, sports clubs and churches on the Island, the Isle of Man Victorian Society has put all future talks and visits  on hold until further notice. This will take immediate effect and is to ensure the wellbeing of members, guests,  speakers and guides during the current public health situation. Any change in this position will be first notified on this website.

Great Union Camera Obscura

Following discussions with the relevant government department, it has now also been agreed that The Great Union Camera Obscura on Douglas Head will not open for Easter or the 2020 Summer Season until it is declared medically safe to do so. This action is regretted but unfortunately the volunteers from the Isle of Man Victorian Society who act as guides have to be in close contact with the public to carry out their duties. The majority of our volunteers fall into the ‘high risk’ category.