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"Surrounding Seas" - An Evening of Talks on the Character and Management of the Underwater Heritage of the Isle of Man 30 September 2005

    Ever wondered what heritage may lie under the sea around the Island and whose job it is to look after it? You will have the chance to find out on Friday 14th October, when Manx National Heritage will be holding an evening of talks on the character and management of the underwater heritage of the Isle of Man, at the Manx Museum in Douglas.

    Allison Fox, Curator of Archaeology for Manx National Heritage, said: Underwater Exploration

    “Being a sea-faring nation, our heritage by no means stops at the high water mark. When we do think of underwater heritage, it is usually shipwrecks that come to mind and the main event of the evening will be all about this subject. Adrian Corkill will be giving an illustrated talk entitled ‘Manx Wreck Detectives’ which will give a fascinating insight into recent underwater projects and tips on how to work out which wreck is which.

    We will also have a brief introduction to the work of the Receiver of Wreck. We have our own Receiver of Wreck in the Department of Transport who processes all reports of wrecks from around the Island, in the interests of both owner and salvor.

    Manx National Heritage, as you would expect, also has a role to play and we will be giving a short introduction to the underwater heritage of the Island - and it’s not just shipwrecks!

    Finally, we can’t forget that heritage is not just cultural, it’s natural as well, so we are pleased to have the Wildlife & Conservation Officer talking about the work of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry".

    Allison continued:

    “Last time Adrian gave an evening talk at the Manx Museum, we had a ‘full-house’ and unfortunately not everybody was able to be admitted, so we urge people to arrive in good time. There will be 200 seats in the lecture theatre.

    Talks on this subject are so popular because there is a great instinctive interest in maritime subjects. The sea has always been vitally important to the Island throughout history, but unlike heritage sites on land, not everybody gets the chance to see what’s underwater. By presenting these talks, we hope we can bring some of the secrets of the deep to the surface – even if not literally!”

    The ‘Surrounding Seas’ talks will end with a short “Question and Answer” session. ‘Surrounding Seas’ will be held at the Manx Museum on Friday 14th October, starting at 7.30pm and finishing at 9.30pm. Admission is free.

    The Manx Museum is part of the award-winning Story of Mann and is open Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 5pm throughout the year.

    30th September 2005

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