Manx National Heritage

Manx National Heritage
Manx Museum
Kingswood Grove
Isle of man
Isle of Man




01624 648000


01624 648001

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Manx National Heritage is the national heritage agency for the Isle of Man, operating integrated cultural and natural heritage services and museums on behalf of the Manx people under the banner of the Story of Mann.

The Story of Mann is introduced at the Manx Museum where a dramatic audio-visual presentation invites you to discover 10,000 years of unique Manx heritage presented through one of the richest historic landscapes in Europe.

The story continues at Castle Rushen; the National Folk Museum at Cregneash; The Grove: Museum of Victorian Life; House of Manannan; Peel Castle; Laxey Wheel and Mines Trail; Nautical Museum; Old Grammar School; Rushen Abbey; Old House of Keys; Sound Visitor Centre and Restaurant; and Niarbyl Cafe and Visitor Centre (please see separate entries for each heritage site).

Venue Type:

Museum, Association or society, Archive, Garden, parklands or rural site, Ship or maritime heritage site, Artist studio or collective, Castle or defences, Heritage site, Industrial heritage site, Archaeological site, Historic house or home, Library, Prehistoric site

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Opening hours

Manx Museum Open Mon to Sat 10.00 - 17.00.

Closed: Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.

Admission charges

Free admission

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
This Terrible Ordeal: Manx Museum Exhibition

WW1 Centenary Exhibition: ‘This Terrible Ordeal’

  • 8 February 2014 — 3 January 2015 *on now

The exhibition marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, and looks at the varied experience of people on the Isle of Man during the conflict.

The accounts of soldiers on the battlefields in this first industrialised war form a significant part of the exhibition, but the First World War was a total conflict in which the fighting spread to the seas and oceans of the world, as well as affecting the lives of those on the home front. Large sections of the exhibition are devoted to maritime and civilian experiences, as well as the impact of the internment of enemy aliens upon Manx life.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Imp the War Horse

Lecture: The Real War Horses: Horse Power, Logistics and Transport 1914-18

  • 24 October 2014 From 7pm

Manx National Heritage welcomes Andrew Robertshaw BA MA PGCE to present his lecture ‘The Real War Horses: Horse Power, Logistics and Transport 1914-18’ at the Manx Museum on Friday 24th October.

Andrew Robertshaw’s expertise in the field led him on to be the military consultant for the feature film ‘War Horse’ directed by Steven Spielberg. He was formerly the Curator and Manager of The Royal Logistic Corps Museum in Deepcut and Head of Education at The National Army Museum in London and is now Director of Battlefield Partnerships Ltd. They are currently preparing for two archaeological projects on the Western Front. Andrew has regularly made TV appearances, most recently working on episodes of ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’, ‘Find My Past’ and ‘Time Team’.

Within the lecture Andrew examines the contribution made by horses, mules and donkeys to the British army's war effort on the Western Front. When war began in 1914 the British army possessed a mere 25,000 horses. The War Office was given the urgent task of sourcing a further half million to go into battle.

The Ramsey Courier on Friday 14th August 1914, reports the War Office sending a requisition to the Insular Government for the supply of a hundred horses from the Isle of Man for military purposes. Horses were requisitioned from all over the Island, including those from the stables of the Douglas Corporation and two horses owned by the ‘Steam Packet Company’. Horses were brought to Ramsey for dispatch to England by steamer. Sadly, many faithful animals were wounded or killed in the battlefields and never came home.

‘Imp’ a much loved horse of Canadian breed, was however happily returned to the Isle following the First World War. After his military career in the battlefields of France, Imp finally found rest at the Glencrutchery Children’s Home. Imp’s companion ‘Baby’ purchased at the same time, was also pensioned in a field owned by the Tramway’s Committee.

The lecture is part of the Manx National Heritage 2014 programme to commemorate the First World War in conjunction with the exhibition This Terrible Ordeal at the Manx Museum. One very special object in the exhibition is a horse shoe belonging to a war horse named ‘Molly’. Before the war Molly worked for fruit and veg merchants Dale and Colvin, a family business based on the North Quay in Douglas. She also returned to the Isle following the war, and when Molly eventually passed, her shoe was hung at the entrance to the warehouse to bring good luck.


Tickets are £10 available from the Manx Museum Gallery Shop and A 10% discount is available to members and ACE cardholders, places are limited so please purchase in advance to avoid disappointment.


Girl painting a plate

Traditional Hop tu Naa

  • 26 October 2014 12-4pm

Carve your turnip lantern, sing and dance and discover crafts, recipes, superstitions and charms from the past.

Join the grand turnip lantern parade led by musicians through the village, a magical way to celebrate the end of the weekend’s events. All welcome.

A free turnip for every child taking part. Turnips are subject to availability.

Suitable for

  • Any age