People with traditional skills wanted for living museum on Isle of Man

By Culture24 Staff | 01 May 2009
a photo of a blacksmith demonstating to a small group of adults and chidlren

(Above) Blacksmithing at Cregneash

Manx National Heritage is on the lookout for healthy, outdoor types with traditional skills to live and work at The National Folk Museum, Cregneash.

As well as operating as an open air museum, some of the properties at Cregneash are occupied traditional craftspeople, such as joiners and blacksmiths, who are critical to the success of the Cregneash project.

The likely candidates will also have a flair for demonstrating their traditional skill to the general public.

"This is a unique and fascinating opportunity for someone to live in a beautiful location, practice their skills and share their love and enthusiasm for those skills with the visiting public," explained Yvonne Cresswell, Social History Curator at MNH.

Organisers are particularly keen to hear from people with experience of fishing and knowledge of traditional maritime skills such as netmaking and sailmaking.

a photo of a joiner demonstarting his skill to a small group of adults and children

A joinery demonstration at Cregneash

Domestic crafts and skills are also of great interest - those able to demonstrate traditional Manx cooking, make jam and butter, and demonstrate crafts such as spinning, patchwork and crochet are being encouraged to apply. Other crafts could include weaving and leatherwork such as saddlery.

"It is immensely satisfying and rewarding to see people who are interested in your work on a daily basis," added Cregneash Museum Site Manager Andrew Metcalfe.

"This is also a once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of our community and enjoy the village way of life. There is nothing better after a hard day's work than sitting back and enjoying the incredible sunsets and views over the Calf of Man."

If you feel you may have something to offer MNH and would like to become a tenant at Cregneash, write to Yvonne Cresswell, Curator: Social History, Manx Museum, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM1 3LY outlining the skills and experience you have to offer. Closing date for applications is May 29 2009.

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