Manx National Heritage opens up its TT collection to Isle of Man TT visitors

By Culture24 Reporter | 24 May 2013
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With the Isle of Man bracing itself for another hectic fortnight of motorcycle TT racing, Manx National Heritage is inviting the island's thousands of visitors to escape the roar and explore the heritage of the race via its vast TT archive.

a photo of four motorcyclists in leathers with arms thrown around each other's shoulders
TT sidecar riders Cyril Smith and Eric Oliver with their passengers, 1950s. Can you tell Manx Museum more about this photo? Visit the iMuseum to share your TT memories.© Manx National Heritage
As the most demanding motorcycle race on earth begins its roar across the mountainous Manx roads and byways this Saturday, the Island’s vast digitised archive of Manx heritage, the iMuseum, is inviting visitors to drop in and explore the history of the TT, right back to its beginnings in 1907.

Giving fans access to hundreds of photographs, news articles and objects from previous race years, including the Island’s National Photographic Archive, visitors will be able to explore a vast database, searchable by race, rider and machine.

They will also be able to read articles from Manx newspapers and the TT Special between 1907 to 1961. Staff are keen to add to the archive by getting visitors to include their personal memories in the Your Stories section of the digitised archive.

Next door, at The Manx Museum, a programme of special TT screening includes TT Legends, an exclusive film following the Honda TT team throughout the 2012 racing season, and a series of talks and screenings on ‘Mad Sunday’ featuring ex TT legends.

Profits from the events will go to The Rob Vine Fund, The Joey Dunlop Foundation and Manx Museum and National Trust.

The programme accompanies a special display of TT machinery, leathers and other memorabilia on show for the TT fortnight.

More pictures:

a black and white photo of two men on a motorbike and side car speeding through a street
BMW sidecar outfit (number 5) passing through Onchan village (1950s)© Manx National Heritage

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